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Red Hand ladies down Mourne women to bag third Ulster title

Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Tyrone 6-22 Down1-7

TYRONE swept to a third Ulster Intermediate Ladies Football Championship title in a row with a runaway win over Down in a one-sided final at Brewster Park in Enniskillen.
The Red Hand girls played some brilliant football and took their scores superbly in a highly impressive team display.
Goals from Gemma Begley, Emma Jane Gervin, Grainne Rafferty and Chloe Rafferty helped the holders to a 4-11 to 0-3 interval lead, and they continued to dominate after the break, constructing and executing spectacular scores, including a goal from player of the match Emma Brennan, and a three-pointer from Emma Canavan, who finished with 1-8 to her credit.
They constructed and executed a succession of fine scores, with team captain Neamh Woods receiving the trophy at the end of another triumphant afternoon.
“We had said to the girls to show maturity today and in that first half they done just that, okay I thought Down would have deployed a sweeper there, they didn't but we worked hard throughout and we turned in a professional performance from the start," said manager Gerry Moane.
“Yes there was a spell in the second half when we could have been better but again it's something we can work on, it was all about the bigger picture today and it was just another step as we want to return to Croke Park.
“We said one thing about that this week and I knew, I knew there would be no complacency from us, we were focused, we had a job to do and once again everyone delivered, I am happy at the work rate shown, yes we could have been even more clinical but we are happy to get the three in a row for sure"
Moane added: "We have serious competition for places in this team, we were able to bring in some very experienced players today and they slotted in seamlessly, that's a boost, it's great to be able to do that, those players who did come in as well wanted to cement their place, I am concerned about Aine Canavan, she suffered a bad injury there and we would be worried about that to be honest"
The Tyrone manager has made no secret that they want to return to Croke Park, scene of last year's All-Ireland final defeat.
“It would be correct to say that, we set our targets at the start of the year and we are focused on those targets, this though is as I said another step on a road with several stops, the girls go to their clubs this week but then from next week we regroup re-evaluate and then prepare for the new all Ireland group series"
Tyrone - Laura Kane, Niamh McGirr, Aimee Daly, Joanne Barrett, Slaine McCarroll (0-1), Emma Mulgrew, Emma Brennan (1-1), Neamh Woods, Emma Jane Gervin (1-1), Niamh Hughes (0-1), Maria Canavan (1-8), Aine Canavan, Gemma Begley (1-1), Grainne Rafferty (0-2), Chloe McCaffrey (2-3).
Subs - Emma Hegarty (0-1) for A Canavan, Niamh O'Neill (0-1) for Rafferty, Aishling O'Kane (0-2) for Hughes, Christiane Hunter for Mc Carroll Aoibheann Mc Hugh for Gervin.

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