EMMA DOHERTY was the hat-trick hero as Illies Celtic defeated Greencastle FC in the Inishowen Cup final on Saturday evening.
Illies Celtic 6 Greencastle FC 1
Doherty’s treble and goals by Danielle Doherty, Paula McGrory and Alana Doherty sealed a big win for John Doherty’s side.
McGrory gave them the lead after five minutes when she reacted after an Illies corner was turned onto the crossbar.
Greencastle responded and a good run by Niamh Hegarty was halted by a fine save by Illies ‘keeper Aoife McColgan.
Alana Doherty added to the Illies score before a good ball over the top then led to McGrory shooting just wide from 15 yards.
A shot from 30 yards by Allison McGonagle was well saved by Georgia Rudden in the Greencastle goal.
After 24 minutes, good link-up play resulted in Danielle Doherty firing home.
Emma Doherty’s header put the game beyond doubt and another superb Emma Doherty header, from Danielle Doherty’s corner, turned the screw further.
Niamh McDonald pulled a goal back for Greencastle, but Emma Doherty completed her hat-trick when she was slipped through by Alison McGonagle. Emma Doherty might have had a fourth, but a superb effort came off the crossbar.
Illies added the Inishowen Cup to the Ulster Cup they collected two weeks ago with a big win over Fanad.