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13/04/2018 JUNIOR CAMOGIE: LORETO 2.5 ST KILLIANíS 3.0

The Loreto girls went up against St Killian’s in their second group game of the Ulster Colleges competition.  Both teams had already progressed to the next stage of the competition having won a game each, but the game turned out to be a thrilling battle of two evenly matched teams. 

The game began with a ferocious intensity, both teams worked relentlessly hard.  Within the game itself, there were isolated duels between defender and attacker on both sides with no girl giving any quarter.  St Killian’s pulled ahead with two well worked goals despite the best efforts of Clodagh Moore in goals and the Loreto full back line consisting of Emma Turner, Brona McGonigle and Caitlin Kearney.  Eimear Maguire would get Loreto’s only score of the first half when she floated over a lovely score from outside the 45. 

The second half began as the first did.  This time however, Loreto would look the more dangerous when advancing.  In this half, Loreto would out score their opponents 2.4 to 1.0 which ultimately won them the game.  A combination of heroic defending, stylish attacking and a phenomenal work rate would ensure victory for the Loreto girls in Loughgiel.

The half back line of Cara McLaughlin, Lucy O’Kane and Grace McIntyre dominated aerially, repeatedly moving the ball forward.  Cara Kearney and Niamh McGarry worked tirelessly up and down the pitch being the lynchpins in Loreto’s attacks.  The dynamic duo of Erin McKeever and Mary Doran showed style and class when on the ball, running constantly at defenders with the ball.  Clodagh Calvert, Isobel Healey, Megan Coyle, Colleen Heaney and Ciara McAlary all battled hard in a crowded and well drilled St Killian’s defence.  Aoife McIlvar, Mary Jane McNicholl and Orla Cunningham all came on when the game was in the melting pot and battled hard under pressure.  Clodagh Moore and Eimear Maguire both put on player of the match displays but this victory truly was a team effort.

Loreto College would like to thank Loughgiel Shamrocks for the use of their facility, Vincent Boyle for refereeing and St Killian’s for an excellent game.