Three Tyrone Ladies Minor Titles Claimed




Errigal Ciaran, Drumragh and Rock claimed minor championships over a bumper weekend of ladies football action while Clonoe and Coalisland must meet again after a thrilling classic East Tyrone derby ended all square. The big winners over the finals weekend were Errigal Ciaran, they bounced back from losing last year’s final to St Macartan’s with a clinical defeat of their near neighbours on Sunday evening.

ERIGAL winning captain
Erigal captain receives the Minor trophy


This grade one decider at Aghaloo was one of the most complete underage football performances in many years, the Errigal passing, defending and scoring was of the highest quality while they turned in a standard of football that could well see them challenge at Provincial level later this year. Worrying for other clubs in the county, the bulk of this squad are available again next year.

Within minutes of the start Errigal signalled their intentions rattling in 3-2 in an opening ten minute spell, by half time they led 6-13 to 1-1 and the tie was over as a contest with “Macartans” missing several regulars, to their credit the holders tried hard, Chloe McCaffery and Marie Quinn were always seeking scores but there was no overturning the Errigal juggernaut.

Cailin McCann hit 3-8 and Shannon Monaghan scored 4-6 while Claire Canavan scored 0-4 from half back , Rachael Farrell chipped in with a goal and Maria Canavan scored 1-3 as the Errigal side ran out more than comfortable winners, 9-23 to 1-4 it finished with Errigal in stunning unstoppable form, a powerhouse display all over the park.



The big East Tyrone derby in the grade two final ended in a remarkable draw on Saturday at Ardboe. Chasing a thirteen point deficit Coalisland somehow managed to secure a draw and a second chance against neighbours Clonoe. A bumper crowd watched the O’Rahillys dominate the first half taking a mammoth 4-5 to 1-4 lead into the break but Coalisland hadn’t read the script, dug deep and scored a late late goal for the draw.

Two fine young teams turned in a stunning performance Clonoe got off to a flyer with Orla Gavin rattling in 2-1 before Coalisland got out of the blocks, indeed an Eimear Cushnahan point left eight between the sides before a Fianna score. They had created little in that opening period of the game with Rebecca Harte managing a solitary goal,.

The impressive Gavin found the net twice more in a power house first half for the O’Rahillys, indeed the talisman scorer could have added more than her first half haul of 4-2.  Coalisland could only manage four further points, Nicole Murphy 0-2, Megan Woods and Emma Cummings kept them hanging in the tie, only just with Clonoe in the driving seat.

Cassie McClure seemed to have sealed the grade two title just after the restart when she drilled home goal number five for Clonoe to leave thirteen points between the sides, there really didn’t appear to be anyway back but such is the character of Coalisland they were not to be out done.

Chloe Corrs goal led the comeback, it seem to reenergise the Fianna, all over the park they upped the tempo, won the dirty ball and created chances, they were rewarded with Corr and Cummings hitting fine points ahead of a remarkable purple patch. Collins and Donnelly took charge at the back while the forwards drove at their neighbours time and again.

Nicole Murphy and then the improving Corr hit the net to leave two between the sides but an Orla Gavin point seemed to have been enough to seal a Clonoe win with the clock ticking down, there was a sting in the tail though as again the Clonoe defence were left stranded by the pacey attack.

Tyrone Ladies County minor keeper Laura Kelly saved superbly in the Fianna nets and on the counter attack the ball went to Katie Mc Nally who kept her cool to send the ball to the Clonoe net to earn Coalisland what must have seemed for long periods an unlikely draw. A thriller between two fine teams, a credit to themselves and youth football in the county.

drumragh win
Drumragh claim Minor title


There was high drama in the grade three final at Kildress on Sunday evening as Drumragh snatched a first ever ladies minor title with a late late goal against Badoney in what turned out to be a thrilling encounter.

Claire McSorley’s early goal had aided the Sarsfields to a 1-5 to 0-2 lead at half time but with the wind at their backs the Gortin side racked up early second half scores and Dearbhla Mc Donald’s goal levelled things. It was score for score heading towards the final moments and a replay looked likely but there was a final twist.

Eva McCaul popped up to rattle home what turned out to be a match and championship winning goal. An excellent game of football between two evenly matched teams ended 2-7 to 1-7 with Jimmy Campbells side coming out on top of the Tyrone Ladies Minor Final

Rock are victorious in Minor final


Early goals from Emma and Leah Bradley paved the way for Rock St Patricks as they eventually saw off a battling Pomeroy side to claim the grade four minor title. Building on the goals Rock kept their noses in front but the Plunketts rallied and added scores before the break.

The strong breeze played a part in this encounter and both teams traded scores throughout the second half but the Plunketts rallied and added scores before the break.

The strong breeze played a part in this encounter and both teams traded scores throughout the second half but goals sealed the title for the St Patricks on the scoreline 5-4 to 1-9.

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