Date Time Competition Season
10 July 2022 1:30 pm All Ireland Junior Championship 2022

Match Report

Antrim saw off Carlow to set up Junior Final with Fermanagh

Maria O’Neill found the net twice as last year’s beaten finalists Antrim defeated Carlow to reach the TG4 All-Ireland Junior Championship Final in Dunleer.


Early goals in both halves from Áine Tubridy and O’Neill were the difference in a repeat of last year’s tie at the same stage of the competition, also at this same venue.

Orlaith Prenter’s vision helped her give the assist to midfielder Tubridy, who was charging through the centre of Carlow’s defence. The pass was inch-perfect, so exact that Tubridy had the easy task of not breaking stride and flicking the ball past the helpless Nicole Hanley in the Barrowsiders goal.

That happened in the opening seconds and the game then hinged on that early goal. Antrim took advantage of a shell-shocked Carlow by tagging on three quick-fire points from Prenter, Bronagh Devlin and Caitlin Taggart.

Carlow’s sole focus then was to chase down that tally throughout the rest of the game. Inspired by Niamh Murphy’s block, Sinead Hayden went down the other end and opened the Leinster side’s account.

The goal separated the sides on three occasions in the first half with Ed Byrne’s outfit cutting the gap through the impressive Sara Doyle.

Antrim with the lead, were in control and played to their strengths with some direct football that stretched an already chasing Carlow side. Antrim tended to kick the ball more than their opponents and it showed in Grainne McLaughlin’s wonderful two points.

Nicole Hanley pulled off two point-blank saves and Doyle frees were enough to keep Carlow in the contest, but Antrim finished the half strong again. Prenter and O’Neill pointed to make 1-10 to 0-8 at the interval

Lara Dahunsi was her dominant self in midfield for the Ulster outfit and she clipped over the opening point of the second half, Doyle continued to keep the scoreboard ticking for Carlow but O’Neill’s goal in the next attack would all but seal the win.

Carlow could not sustain enough pressure while Antrim continued to pick them off the points thanks to McLaughlin’s free-taking prowess.

O’Neill’s second goal would eventually end it and, with a final on their horizon, Antrim’s bench was emptied and competition for places rose with Theresa Mellon and Michelle Magee finding the range in the finish.


1Anna Mccann Goalkeeper
2Duana Coleman Defender
3Aislinn McFarland Defender
4Niamh McIntosh Defender
5Meave Mulholland Defender
6Saoirse Tenneyson Defender
7Sarah O’Neill Defender
8Clare Emerson Midfielder
9Aine Tubridy Midfielder 1'
10Grainne McLaughlin Forward 24', 26', 45', 54'
11Cathy Carey Forward 41', 60'
12Maria O’Neill Forward 41', 57'
2', 30'
13Bronagh Devlin Forward 4', 13'
14Orlaith Prenter Forward 2', 10', 29'
15Caitlin Taggart Forward
16Emily McCoy
17Aine Devlin Forward
18Molly Woulahan Forward
19Ellie Murphy
20Maria McKenna
21Orla Corr
22Megan McGarry
23Lara Dahunsi Midfielder 14', 35'
24Grace Shannon
25Aoife Taggart
26Danielle Connolly
27Michelle Magee 59', 65'
28Teresa Mellon 52'


1Nicole Hanley Goalkeeper
2Niamh Murphy Defender
3Oonagh Fitzpatrick Defender
4Antoinette Dowling Defender
5Ruth Bermingham Defender
6Ellen Atkinson Defender
7Nuala Mohan Defender
8Elaine Ware Midfielder
9Roisin Bailey Midfielder
10Orlagh Hickey Forward 12'
11Aoibhínn Gilmartin Forward
12Rachel Sawyer Forward 7'
13Sara Doyle Forward 14', 18', 27', 38', 38', 39', 43', 56'
14Sinead Hayden Forward 4', 15'
15Niamh Kelly Forward
16Shannon Cotter Goalkeeper
17Keeva Collins Defender
18Amy Hanley
19Aibha Kiernan
20Edel Hayden
21Dannah O Brien Forward 49'
22Roisin Byrne Forward
23Aoife Hayden
24Elizabeth Lowry
25Sinéad McCullagh
26Ella Molloy
27Sinéad Thompson
28Claire McDonagh
29Muireann English
30Cliodhna Ni She

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