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Down Ladies Roundup

Down Ladies Roundup

In the senior league, Bredagh got back on track with a big win at Clonduff’s expense. This was a very one sided match and a clear marker to the rest of the league. Carryduff followed up their win last week with a victory on home soil against a travelling Rostrevor outfit. The Duff girls played some great football enroute to another impressive victory. Castlewellan and Saval served up a thriller which was nip and tuck most of the way before the saval girls ran out of steam. In the end it could have went either way but the Town girls probably just shaded the final quarter. Bryansford ended their hoodoo over the hoops with a good win in Downpatrick to claim two very valuable points.
In the Intermediate league, Bright found the tough going in Cherryvale before pulling clear in the 3rd quarter to get their campaign up and running. Ballymartin and Mayobridge served up a great contest in a high scoring match which found the lilywhites on the right side of a big score. Kilcoo and Annaclone was real end to end stuff with the score changing hands on numerous occasions before the Clone girls snatched the winner much to the disappointment of the kilcoo support. Shamrocks and Burren were also nip and tuck with the Newry girls pulling way spectacularly to claim the points and a big win.
In the Junior league, Aughlisnafin got the win over St. Johns in what proved to be a hard tussle. Bryansfords 2nd string made their debut away to Drumgath and it was close in the opening 30 minutes until the Bryansford girls found their scoring boots. Tullylish kept their favourites tag intact with another big win at Sauls expense and Teconnaught made the trip to Magheralin and very nearly got the shock of their lives but in the end they probably just about deserved the win.

Week ahead
Looking to this weeks games; On Thursday night in the senior league Clonduff travel to Saval. Both teams lost last week and will be keen not to suffer another stutter. Saval probably look the less vulnerable at the moment so a home win is certainly within their grasp. On Saturday, Bryansford entertain Carryduff and this will be the first real test of just how good the Duff girls are. Bryansford are wily campaigners and they will start as favourites but they should be wary as this is a very useful Carryduff side. Castlewellan travel to Downpatrick and this is likely to be another tight affair with the Town girls expected to take the points.
In the Intermediate league, Ballymartin entertain Burren and games between these sides are normally high scoring and close, I expect this to be no different and home advantage may be just enough to sway the verdict. Annaclone had a great tussle last week and they will be confident of building on this with the visit of Bredagh. Kilcoo are at home to Shamrocks and they will keen to get off the mark but the Newry girls are tough opponents to beat and this one is likely to go to the wire. Mayobridge travel to Bright and the sky-blues will look on this game as a good opportunity to get back on track. They are capable of getting the scores and if they can tighten up at the back then they won’t be far away.
In the Junior League, St. Johns and Drumgath is likely to a close game with the Johnnies likely to shade it. Saul host St. Michaels and the home side will be favourites though Saul should be warned that St. Michaels put it up to Teconnaught last time out and are showing good signs of improvement. The big game is the meeting of Loughinisland and Teconnaught, Loughinisland are still looking for that first win and against close neighbours its always sweeter. They will also be aware of Teconnaught’s credentials and will be expecting a close encounter. As for the win a draw cannot be ruled out. Tullylish have had a perfect opening to their season and they will see the visit of Bryansford as a real banana skin. Tullylish will be favourites but if there is to be a shock win then it might just be here.
In the U-16 League, due to Down’s involvement in the NFL final on Sunday the u-16 girl’s games are subject to the 5 day rule. All clubs are to agree a date and contact JA Gribben for a referee appointment. Of those games already re-scheduled, Ballymartin and Bosco meet on Friday night in a top of the table clash, both teams have thrown up big scores recently and it’s a tough one to call. Home advantage might be worth a couple of points but a draw could be on the cards. On Monday night Teconnaught and Kilcoo is likely to be another quality match against two evenly matched sides. Kilcoo might just have the slight favourites tag going into this.


Thursday 22nd April @ 7:15 pm, Senior League, Saval v Clonduff (G. Brannigan)

Friday 23rd April @ 7:15 pm, U-16 League, Ballymartin v Bosco (R. McDowell)

Saturday 24th April @ 7:00pm, Senior League, Bryansford v Carryduff (B. Rice), Bredagh v Rostrevor (E. McElroy), Downpatrick v Castlewellan (P. Gelston), Intermediate League Ballymartin v Burren (M. Rawlinson), Annaclone v Bredagh (B. Andrews), Bright v Mayobridge (C. Reynolds), Kilcoo v Shamrocks (E. O’Hare), Junior League St. Johns v Drumgath (S. O’Hanlon), Saul v St. Michaels (G. Corrigan), Loughinisland v Teconnaught (P. Cairns), Tullylish v Bryansford (M. Devlin)

Sunday 25th April. Due to Downs’s involvement in the NFL league final, all U-16 games are subject to the 5 day rule. Clubs are to agree a date and contact J.A. Gribben for a referee appointment.

Monday 26th April @ 7:15 pm, U-16 League, Teconnaught v Kilcoo (A. Grant)

Castlewellan 1-11 Saval 1-07
Carryduff 4-15 Rostrevor 1-06
Clonduff 1-00 Bredagh 3-17
Downpatrick 1-07 Bryansford 0-14

Bredagh 1-07 Bright 3-08
Mayobridge 2-09 Ballymartin 3-14
Kilcoo 3-09 Annaclone 3-11
Shamrocks 3-16 Burren 3-08

St. Johns 2-08 Aughlisnafin 3-12
Bryansford 4-13 Drumgath 1-03
Tullylish 4-15 Saul 1-03
St. Michaels 4-03 Teconnaught 4-07

Burren 6-10 Saul 4-03
Bredagh v Loughinisland Not Played
Carryduff 0-03 Castlewellan 1-10

Kilcoo 12-13 Saval 6-03
Tullylish 1-09 Bryansford 4-06
Ballymartin v Annaclone off

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