History was made in Our Lady’s on Wednesday 1st May when the U-14.5 Ladies won the Ulster A title in dramatic fashion defeating Ulster kingpins, Loreto Cavan with a late goal from Hazel Hughes who contributed an impressive 4-01 in the match. Aided by the breeze the Cavan girls made an impressive start and went four points clear in the early stages, some resolute defending and wayward shooting from the Loreto girls kept the Blayney girls in touch, but disaster struck in the 21st minute when Cavan hit two goals inside a minute to stretch their lead to eleven points. To their credit Our Lady’s girls failed to capitulate and responded with their opening score from Grace Hanratty. The game took a decisive turn minutes later when livewire full-forward, Hazel Hughes combined with Faughs club mate, Grace Hanratty to score two majors. Hannah Haughey hit a point to close the first half proceedings. Half time score Loreto 3-03 OLSS 2-02.
The second half began with a score from Roisín Lennon, Cavan were struggling to break down a well organised Blayney defence where Sarah Carragher and Áine Gibbons made numerous interceptions. With scores at a premium both sides added points to their tally with Aoibheann McCooey and Hazel Hughes hitting scores for the Blayney girls. The game was set for a grandstand finish as Cavan upped the ante with ten minutes remaining and it took some spectacular saves from Our Lady’s keeper Jade Myles to keep Loreto Cavan at bay. A goal from Loreto with five remaining looked to seal the game as they went four clear. Blayney responded with points from Hughes and McCooey. There was to be one final twist in proceedings in the 33rd minute when Hazel Hughes finished a move, started by Grace Cumiskey, to the net to put the Blayney girls one up deep in stoppage time. The final whistle sounded soon after and wild scenes of jubilation followed as the pitch was invaded by hundreds of Our Lady’s supporters. This was a first ever ‘A’ football title for the school after losing six previous Ulster ‘A’ finals, five at the hands of the Loreto girls who have set the standard for ladies football in Ulster in recent years.
the team and scores Jade Myles (Castleblayney) Grace Cumiskey (Donaghmoyne) Aine Gibbons (O’Neills) Tara Renaghan (O’Neills) Aedine Drury (St Brigid’s) Ellen Finnegan (Donaghmoyne) Chloe Kavanagh (O’Neills) Aoibheann Mc Cooey (Castleblayney) ( 0-2) (jc) Ulrika Mc Mahon (Aughnamullen) Roisin Lennon (0-1) (Donaghmoyne) (jc) Niamh Flanagan (O’Neills) Hannah Haughey (0-1) (O’Neills) Sarah Carragher (O’Neills) Hazel Hughes ( 4-01) (Blayney), Grace Hanratty (0-1) ( Blayney) sub used Aoife Eccles (O’Neills).Ella Toner ( Magheracloone) Shannon M Entee & Ellie Ward, Abby Connolly (All Aughnamullen) Ellen Burns, Kate Lennon ( Donaghmoyne) Kate Glynn & Emma Finnegan (Castleblayney) Emma Kellet, Caoimhe McNally & Muireann McCague ( O’Neills)
Caption Pictured are the U-14 Girls from Our Lady’s Castleblayney who made history on May Day by capturing a 1st ever Ulster ‘A’ title for Our Lady’s beating Loreto Cavan in a nail-biting contest. Also pictured are mentors Tony Graham and Ms Orlene Aherne.