Ulster U16 A Championship – Saturday 14th July
Donegal v Armagh in Red Hughs GAA Grounds, Killygordon
Donegal went into their only home game in the Ulster Championship knowing that they already had secured an Ulster Final spot on Saturday 28th July so it was a day for trying new players and testing new tactics.
On a dry and sunny day in Killygordon, the Donegal girls were slow out of the blocks …as Armagh proved they wern’t simply there to make up the numbers. Aideen Meehan, Jade O’ Donnell and Zaria Boyle did well in the backline but the management team will be hoping to eliminate the running game from Tyrone on the next day out as the Donegal girls were caught out on a few occasions and Armagh will be unhappy not to have taken goal chances when they slotted home points.
Donegal went in at half-time wit a 10 point advantage and certainly looking to be in the driving seat but Armagh came out and within the space of three minutes, they had fired two goals to the back of the net. The Tír Chonaill girls upped their game and with Shannon Mc Groddy, Caroline Sharkey, Blathnaid Mc Laughlin and Kathy Mc Laughlin playing well and driving forward at every opportunity, there was a minimum of seven points between the sides.
The Donegal squad will be happy with the final score as they edged out Armagh by eleven points. Full time result Donegal 5-16 Armagh 3-11. Perhaps a closer game than suggested by the scoreline but Donegal made it three wins out of three and they now march onto the Ulster U16 A Championship Final on Saturday 28th July. Their opposition will be Tyrone as they overcame Monaghan today in Fintona. Time and Venue TBC.
Donegal Team – Gemma Glackin, Aideen Meehan, Maeve Liston, Jade O’ Donnell, Aine Mc Gettigan, Erika Hanna, Zaria Boyle, Aine Mc Laughlin, Shannon Mc Groddy, Caroline Sharkey, Blathnaid Mc Laughlin, Aisling Mc Dermott, Elaine Mc Intyre, Kathy Mc Laughlin and Jamie Leigh Gordon.
A big thank you to the Red Hughs GAA Club for the use of their facilities and pitches over the last few weeks as the U16s prepared for todays match. The pitch was in excellent condition and with refreshments served for players and supporters after the match, the Red Hughs Club showed just why they were worthy recipients of the Donegal GAA Club Ground of the year.