Moneyglass can be satisified with acheivements in 2016 - Cathy Carey
Ulster Club Minor Ladies' Football Championship final: Bredagh (Down) 3-17 Moneyglass (Antrim) 2-6
MONEYGLASS manager Cathy Carey believes that when the hurt of losing an Ulster final wears off, a young and talented squad of players can look back with an immense feeling of satisfaction at what they have achieved in 2016.
The Antrim champions lost to their Down counterparts Bredagh in last Sunday’s Ulster Minor Club Championship final at the Dub. A sin-bin just before half-time proved crucial as Moneyglass saw a four point lead reversed into a five point deficit and a further sin-bin midway through the second half put an end to any attempts of a fightback.
“We are disappointed, of course. It is never nice to lose a final, but we are very proud at what this brilliant bunch of players has achieved this year,” said Carey.
“Their attitude has been fantastic and you could see how disappointed they were at the final whistle and that means does no harm to see that disappointment. This has been a massive learning curve for them and the good thing is that a lot of them will be back playing minor football again next year and hopefully they can learn from this great experience and hopefully Moneyglass will be back again in this same position in 12 months’ time.”
Carey felt the timings of the two separate sin-bins, one just a few minutes from the end of the first-half and the other midway through the second-half, played a big part in helping Bredagh to their first ever provincial title.
A goal from Bronagh Devlin had put them in a 1-5 to 0-4 lead when they were reduced to 14 players for a 10 minute spell four minutes from the end of the half. In that time, Bredagh capitalised on the numerical advantage and hit two quick goals through Laoise and Orla Duffy to go in five up at the break, 2-7 to 1-5.
“We were unfortunate to lose both girls when we did at important stages of the game. But that is football and we just did not get those rubs of the green and credit to Bredagh they used the extra player to their advantage," Caery added.
“They were a very well organised team and you have to give them credit. They drove on in the second-half and we could not keep up.”
Moneyglass, despite going for a long period of the second half without scoring while Bredagh notched up a further 1-8 after the resumption, did not give up and substitute Orlaith Scullin added a second goal, albeit a consolation with Orlaigh Prenter contributing the final point as she did all six of Moneyglass’ points.
“We will give our girls a long break now. They have worked really hard right throughout the year and they have done the club and everyone proud and we are looking forward to what next year will bring.”
Moneyglass: M McCloskey; E Bradley, C Madden, C McAteer; N McIntosh, E McAreavey, SL Duffin; M McCann, A McAuley; A Devlin, A Scullin, E Carey; O Prenter (0-6), B Devlin (1-0), B Graffin; Subs: K Scullin for E Bradley, N McKeefry for B Graffin, O Scullin (1-0) for E Carey
Bredagh: M Deery; R McKegney, O Kelly, A McCamphill; A Doyle, A McCarville, C McLaughlin; L Duffy (2-0), O Duffy (1-0); Muirin McCreanor (0-2), E Durkan (0-5), E Rogers (0-6f); C McCreanor (0-2), E McGinn, A McKee (0-2); Subs: O Blane for E McGinn, O McLaughlin for R McKegney, K Rogers for M McCreanor, L Doyle for C McCreanor, B Deighan for A McKee