Derrynoose Ladies claim Junior crown

Derrynoose 3-13 Naomh Labhaoise 3-8

Derrynoose claimed the LGFA Junior Championship crown when they produced a dramatic comeback against Clonmore.

They had it all to do early on but fought back from nine-point down to eventually win but five in the end.

Naomh Labhaoise made the dream start when they netted three times inside the opening three minutes.

Sarah Quigley got the ball rolling as she raised a green flag with the first score of the game. Aoife and Niamh Forker followed that up with a goal apiece to go 3-0 to 0-0 ahead.

Derrynoose slowly but surely made their way back into the game and Maeve Lennon opened their account with a brace.

Anita McKearney stroked over her first before Lennon fired over three in a row to reduce the gap to three.

Onora Heavin narrowed the gap further before Derrynoose incredibly edged ahead by the half time break.

Derrynoose’s star forward added to her growing tally with a goal to put here side 1-7 to 3-0 up at the interval.

Just as the first half had finished, the second period started with a Lennon goal to push Derrynoose further in front.

Clonmore claimed their first point of the net, but that was soon cancelled out by the untouchable Lennon.

Photo Credit: Armagh LGFA

McKearney and Quigley traded scores before a third Lennon major put Derrynoose seven points clear.

McKearney grabbed another, which was matched by Niamh Forker before Heavin and Aideen Farrell split the posts.

Four points in a row from Naomh Labhaoise closed the margin to just four as the final whistle approached.

Heavin fired over a final score as Derrynoose claimed the Junior Championship crown, winning by five in the end.

It kickstarts what could be a memorable weekend for the club, who compete in the men’s JFC final tomorrow.

Derrynoose Scorers: Maeve Lennon 3-6, Anita McKearney 0-3, Onora Heavin 0-3, Aideen Farrell 0-1.

Naomh Labhaoise Scorers: Sarah Quigley 1-2, Niamh Forker 1-1, Aoife Forker 1-0, Tara Conlon 0-3, E. Donnelly 0-1.