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Omagh Ladies reach showpiece final

Omagh's Emma Fulton looks to make her pass.  JB50

Omagh’s Emma Fulton looks to make her pass. JB50

Omagh Ladies 1st XI    2
Belfast Harlequins  2nd XI    1

OMAGH Ladies will play Queen’s seconds in the final of the McConnell Shield after two goals by veteran striker Anne Young helped defeat Belfast Harlequins 2nd XI at Campsie.

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Young swooped with a second half equaliser to force the semi-final tie into added time during which the experienced attacker pounced with a silver goal winner to send Omagh through to the showpiece decider.

That final has been pencilled in for Saturday, May 7 with the venue yet to be confirmed.

On Saturday Omagh 1stXI hosted the Junior 1 visitors and after a successful game against Civil Service Omagh started Graham at centre back and pushed Lyndsay McCay upfront with Young and Lauren McCollum.

A well-drilled Harlequins side were confident from the outset and within five minutes were ahead when one of their attackers connected with a left-sided cross to fire home.

Despite this early setback Omagh, cheered on by a large home support, responded, however, their defence of Emma Fulton, Jenny Elkin and sisters Kathryn and Sarah Graham remaining on red alert at all times.

On 15 minutes Omagh threatened but after a lovely run by Danni Darragh she was unable to pick out Young in the circle.

Young was again unlucky not to convert after good approach play by Chloe Hagan and Lauren McCollum.

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After captain Emma Fulton rallied the troops during her half-time team talk Omagh made a few changes by introducing Jodie Hood into the forward line.

The hosts pressed forward for much of the second half with some good interlinking play between Heather Moffitt in centre midfield, Holly Swann on the right and the forward line which forced the Quins keeper into a number of great saves.

Midway through the second half, a ball from Emma Fulton, found Darragh and some great passes between the forward line of Darragh, McCay and Young allowed the latter to strike a reverse stick shot into the bottom corner to equalise.

With the score 1-1 and the momentum in Omagh’s favour, the fresh legs of Amy Forbes and Luci McKeown helped to keep Omagh going to the end of the game.

With the last-four tie finishing all square the outcome was to be decided by a silver goal.

And Omagh wasted little time in making their mark. Another excellent attack in the first minute of extra-time released Young who maintained her composure to steer past the keeper’s right hand.

Thereafter Omagh battened down the hatches and through Emma Fulton threatened to add to their tally in the final minutes.

But it mattered not. The Tyrone side had secured their first final appearance in quite some time and now look forward to completing a sensational cup run by clinching ultimate glory against Queens.

 

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