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Errigal girls edge out gallant Killeeshil

Errigal Ciaran team which won the Ladies Minor Grade One Championship

Errigal Ciaran 1-09
Killeeshil…2-05

THESE two teams served up an enthralling encounter to decide the destination of this year’s Ladies Grade One Minor Championship title at Galbally on Friday evening.

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Cill Iseal gave their all in pursuit of victory and they could hardly have been much closer. The St Mary’s fluffed a few chances plus were unlucky with the woodwork and saw a spot-kick miss the mark as well.

Errigal Ciaran proved that bit more economical with their finishing in the 13-a-side format. The St Mary’s led by 1-3 to 0-1 after the first quarter before Errigal turned things round to show ahead by the break (0-7 to 1-3).

A 14th minute major for the St Mary’s girls was netted by Roisin McErlean who caused the Errigal defence problems through her running and directness but Cill Iseal didn’t score from that midway first half goal until McErlean struck for a second goal in the third quarter. The St Mary’s refused to wilt and played with great gusto.

Errigal, who found the net themselves through midfielder Enya Donnelly, garnered points from the influential Maria Canavan and centre-half back Michaela Moore who produced an excellent display alongside the likes of Cloideach Donaghy, Meabh Corrigan and company.

Roisin McErlean, Shannon Stevenson and Bronagh McKenna played prominent roles for the St Mary’s along with Shauna Stevenson, Catherine McCusker and team-mates. Very few would have argued had this high quality game went to a replay but the two will contest league honours up ahead. On this occasion, it was Errigal who sealed a third minor championship title in a row.

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