Glenelly edge our Clann na nGael to win Tyrone Intermediate Crown

Patrick Fahy and Co Solicitors Tyrone Intermediate Football Final.

Glenelly 2-10

Clann na nGael  1-11

The North Tyrone derby in the Tyrone ladies intermediate championship final lived up to expectation at Urney on Sunday evening, where in front of a bumper crowd Glenelly edged out Clann na nGael by two points after a pulsating sixty odd minutes that was on a knife edge until the end.

An opportune goal from the impressive Glenelly midfielder Aishling O’Kane on fifty minutes and a red card for Clanns Fionula Conwell proved to be pivotal moments in a game that had for long periods look destined to end a draw.

It was level at the break after Clan Na nGael had reeled in Glenelly’s five point lead amassed in the opening 27 minutes. Nicola Bradley’s goal and points from Devlin, Sheerin, Morris and O’kane giving them what looked like a great foundation. Cue veteran Anne Daly, she took the game to St Josephs, scoring a quick brace of points and being involved in a massive push which led to a Clann goal that gave them the lead just shy of the short whistle, Mairead Conwell collecting a poor kick out and driving to the net, Eimear Donaghey though levelled things with a close range score.

Two points from Sheerin and Devlin opened the gap and when Conwell was sent to the line it didn’t look good for Brian Doohers side, again they rallied and an exchange of points between Conwell, Ward and Devlin levelled things for a second time. O’Kane then found the net, a long range effort dropped over the head of Clann keeper Maureen Dooher to leave it a three point game.

Clann pressed again and squandered a couple of chances before Conwell landed a free, cancelled out by another Devlin free with a late Doherty point the final bit of action.

A hard hard fought battle between two very good sides who gave everything with the St Joseph’s securing senior status for next year and a place in the Ulster club series.

Glenelly scorers: Fiona Marie Devlin 0-5, Aishling O’Kane 1-1, Nicola Bradley 1-0, Siobhan Sheerin 0-2, Patricia Morris 0-1, Eimear Donaghey 0-1.

Clann na nGael: Mairead Conwell 1-4, Anne Daly 0-3, Niamh Doherty 0-3, Hannah Ward 0-1

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