|14 May 2022||6:00 pm||Ulster Junior Championship||2022|
Antrim retained their Ulster Junior title with a narrow win over Fermanagh. There are new Ulster Intermediate champions as Tyrone had a fine win over Down. Leitrim retained their Connacht Intermediate title with a three point win over Roscommon while Kildare won the Leinster Intermediate Final with a six point win over Wexford.
Ulster Junior Football Final
Antrim 2-13 Fermanagh 1-15
A strong second half performance saw Antrim retain their Ulster Junior Football title with just one point to spare over Fermanagh at O’Neills Healy Park. Fermanagh were ahead by seven at the break 1-10 to 0-06 but goals in the second half from Caitlin Taggart and Orlaigh Prenter brought Antrim right back into the game.
Antrim kicked over the game’s opening score with 19 seconds gone on the clock. Fermanagh were ahead by six in the 20th minute but Antrim cut the gap to three soon after but were dealt a blow in the 25th minute when Blaithin Bogue goaled for Fermanagh.
Taggart got Antrim’s first goal in the 40th minute and then they took the lead for the first time since the opening seconds, when Prenter found the back of the net. Eimear Smyth was the game’s top scorer but she hit a penalty wide in the first half.
Ulster Intermediate Football Final
Down 1-10 Tyrone 2-15
Tyrone claimed the Ulster Intermediate title with an eight point win over the holders Down at O’Neills Healy Park. Tyrone dominated from start to finish. They were ahead by eight at half-time 1-09 to 1-01 and got the second goal right at the end.
The Red Hands kicked over two early points before Niamh O’Neill found the back of the net after putting the Down keeper Caroline Kennedy under pressure. They extended that lead to eight points in the 18th minute.
Down got a goal in the 20th minute when Sarah Doherty finished after the ball came off the post. Tyrone’s second goal at the end was similar. O’Neill finished the game with 1-4 to her name while Chloe Mc Caffrey kicked over six points.
Connacht Intermediate Football Final
Leitrim 1-14 Roscommon 0-14
A first half goal from Leah Fox proved decisive as Leitrim retained their Connacht title with a hard fought win over Roscommon in Tuam.
Roscommon made a good start to the game and opened up a four point lead after eight minute. Michelle Guckian kicked over Leitrim’s first point before Fox got the goal to draw them level. A point from Laura O’Dowd edged Leitrim ahead just before the break but Roscommon drew level.
Roscommon kicked over the opening point of the second half but Leitrim went back in front minutes later with points from Megan McGovern and Fox. With Guckian in fantastic form Leitrim opened up a five point lead. Roscommon cut the gap to two twice but it was Guckian that kicked over the game’s final point to give her side a three point win. She ended the game with 10 points to her name.
Leinster Intermediate Football Final
Kildare 3-07 Wexford 1-07
Kildare claimed the Leinster Intermediate title for the first time since 2016 after a fine win over Wexford at Netwatch Cullen Park in Carlow. Nessa Dooley, Grace Clifford and Lara Curren scored the goals for Sean Finnegan’s side. Tara Doyle grabbed the goal for Wexford.
Wexford’s Ellen O’Brien opened the scoring in the third minute but three minutes later Dooley drew Kildare level. In the 13th Dooley got her side’s first goal and a goal from Clifford in the 22nd minute helped Kildare to a five point lead at the break.
Doyle and Curran traded frees before Wexford’s Sarah Harding-Kenny was sin binned in the 38th minute. Despite being down a player Doyle scored from a free in the 46th minute to cut the gap to just one point but that was the closest they got to Kildare. Curran scored her side’s goal in the 55th minute before they lost Mia Doherty to a yellow card. Aoife Rattigan kicked over the final point as Kildare became Leinster Champions.
|O'Neill's Healy Park|
|Healy Park, Gortin Road, Omagh, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland, BT79 7HX, United Kingdom|