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Spirited ladies show promise in defeat

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By , May 16, 2014 4:17 pm

Steelstown senior ladies played their first league game Thursday after a series of four challenge matches.

Ladies football combines junior and intermediate teams in the same league so playing against a good intermediate side Steelstown ladies were always going to find it an uphill battle. Ballinascreen scored an early goal. However this sparked Steelstown into life and belying their junior status they took the game to Ballinascreen.

Team Captain Emma Doherty ably assisted by Una Casey, Suzi Mc Gilloway and Niamh Ni Mhanain drove forward from midfield, Casey finishing with a fine score from distance.

Keeping the pressure on, the kick out was won by Orla Flanagan with fine interplay from Sarah Doherty, Aoife O Hagan and Zoe Green resulted in a free converted by Emma Doherty. Steelstown were driving forward relentlessly over the opening 25 minutes hitting a number of wides and thwarted by fine Ballinascreen defending.

The pace of the game caught up with Steelstown in the final 5 minutes of the half allowing Ballinascreen in for a goal and 2 points. With a bench reduced by unavailability due to injury and exams Steelstown defence was tested in a tough, physical second half. Fionnuala Flanagan showed her versatility with a great shift in goals, while the full back line of Enya Doherty, Maria Cutliffe, and Sarah Flanagan stood up to the challenge with some great tackling.

Ruaginn Doherty, Laura Henderson at half back with the hard running and versatile forward Eimear O Doherty dropping back constantly held up Ballinascreen’s attack before launching forward themselves at every opportunity.

Ballinascreen pulled away at the end as the huge Steelstown effort came up short. All in all an outstanding effort right through the team which augurs well for the rest of the season.

Slick Steelstown storm to success

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By , May 12, 2014 9:46 pm

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Minor Ladies Championship Final
Steelstown 4-13
Claudy 2-1

Claudy have caught Steelstown off guard.

Cara Doherty has rattled the net within seconds of the start of the ladies minor championship final at Kevin Lynch Park.  The league champions are rocked.

Megan Devine takes matters into her own hand.  The powerful Brian Óg’s number 11 wins possession on her own 45’ and she drives right through the centre of the field, swatting away challenges like they’re just obstacles in front of her.

She bursts by the half way line, glides over the 65’ and exchanges passes with the sharp Clodagh Laverty.  Aoife McKeever joins in on the act, Claudy are cut open.  Devine splits the posts.

Steelstown still trail, 0-1 to 1-0.  But the tone is set.  A marker is laid down and from that blistering first attack of the city girls, the Óg’s don’t look back.  They never do.

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Not even a minute has passed and they’re in front anyway.  Orla Flanagan controls the tempo of another attack, hanging onto possession as the blue Mitchell’s jerseys flock back in panic.  The midfielder works it left to the outstanding Ella-Rose Sainsbury and, with one sliced pass straight into the chest of Emma Donnelly, the Steelstown goal machine makes no mistake.

At 1-1 to 1-0, Thomas Cusack’s side have a lead they wouldn’t even have dreamed of letting up and the rest takes care of itself.

The ruthless streak running through this current crop of Steelstown minor ladies is what sets them apart.  It’s what leaves nothing up to chance and it is what made the difference yesterday in Dungiven as the Brian Óg’s girls recorded an historic club double of league and championship feats.

Even with Cara Doherty and all her lightning prowess, the Claudy girls were no match for the Steelstown machine when it got churning.  The attacking six were menacing.  Either one of them could’ve put a serious dent in the Claudy backline and when you have so many options in the forward line, so many girls ready to run at you and look to create something, it is damn hard to put a stop to.

That’s why Ella-Rose Sainsbury wriggled free and drilled over an effort straight after setting up the first goal.  And when the forwards weren’t firing, well then Derbhla Wilson just joined in from half back, Orla Flanagan pushed forward, or Una Casey pierced another hole in the opposition defence like she did to raise the next white flag for the Ballyarnett club.

Aoife Laverty then got in on the act for the slick Steelstown outfit’s fifth different scorer with just their fifth score of the game, the wing forward curling over a beauty from the right hand side to stretch their lead to 1-4 to 1-0 and it was Laverty again on the scoresheet with a touch of fortune when her next free kick dropped into the top left corner and rippled the net.

Then Derbhla Wilson hammered home her side’s seventh consecutive score and that’s how it was.  Whenever the ball was moved forward, there were three or four different blue and gold jerseys chasing after in a slick-moving Steelstown attack that worked from back to forward like clockwork.

But Cara Doherty struck again as the Óg’s failed to clear their lines and, after drilling into the bottom right hand corner with her first goal, the jinky Claudy full forward found the top left this time around to give the north Derry outfit some hope.

With this one though, the Steelstown girls weren’t rocked and they just went about reasserting their authority on the decider.  Fionnuala Flanagan, in truth, was almost the brains of the operation.  The Óg’s wing back dropped deep time and again and read the game like it was elementary, cutting out Claudy attacks ruthlessly and launching the platform for that deadly Steelstown forward line to go to town on.

Flanagan was the main reason that supply line was always open to her attackers as she continued to overturn the Mitchell’s and keep the momentum pumping in Steelstown’s direction.

It helped that Rachel Roberts got to grips with Doherty thereafter and that captain Aoife McGough started to power out from the backline whenever a half chance presented itself.

And so, Devine rattled over another before the break but not before young Clodagh Laverty came darting in from the right hand side and worked a pocket of space to lob over off that famous left of her’s.

At half time, the teams went in with seven separating them at 2-7 to 2-0 but, straight from the throw-in, the Óg’s cut loose again.

Una Casey got up and won it.  She broke out of the tackle and found Clodagh Laverty on the move who slipped in her older sister Aoife one on one with Niamh Doherty only for the Claudy stopper to produce an outstanding save off the crossbar.

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It didn’t matter though, it never does when Emma Donnelly is lurking about and the potent Steelstown full forward gobbled up the break and hammered home for her second goal of the game and send out a message of intent that the city girls were powering to this championship title.

A series of coolly taken free kicks – four in total, two each for the Laverty sisters – stretched Steelstown’s lead to 12 before Emma McCloskey floated over a dead ball at the other end for the Azzuri blues.

However, even though Megan Devine was being tightly watched in the second period, always one or two girls keeping tabs on the Steelstown danger woman, the centre forward soon exploded to life finding either side of the cross bar in the space of one breathtaking minute.

The goal came right after the point when Devine finally burrowed a way through the tackles and drilled low and hard and straight into the bottom right hand corner before Clodagh Laverty simply put the icing on the cake with another point as she and young Fionnuala Flanagan battled it out for player of the match.

As it was, it was the whole team dynamic that set the Óg’s apart.  Their running was relentless, the score-taking was merciless, and the girls head off as champions of the county having stormed through every opposition this season.

If this is a sign of things to come, the future’s not looking too bad.  Because this was emphatic.  This was brilliant.

 

THE TEAMS

 

Steelstown: Emma McCallion; Jasmin Boyle, Aoife McGough, Rachel Roberts; Aoife McShane, Derbhla Wilson (0-1), Fionnuala Flanagan; Orla Flanagan, Una Casey (0-1); Clodagh Laverty (0-4, 0-2f), Megan Devine (1-3), Aoife Laverty (1-3, 1-2f); Aoife McKeever, Emma Donnelly (2-0), Ella-Rose Sainsbury (0-1)

Laura McLean, Lucy Williamson, Darrina Hunter, Emma McFarland, Caitlin Wade, Toni Cregan, Leah Casey, Beth Heaney, Eimear McCauley, Niamh Cusack, Ciara Foley

 

Claudy: Niamh Doherty; Sarah Hargan, Sarah McKeever, Beth McKinney; Erin O’Kane, Kady Brunker, Emily Bracken; Dáire White, Katie Hargan; Danielle Hargan, Cora McCloskey, Dearbhla Harkin; Ciara Boyle, Cara Doherty (2-0), Sarah Hargan

Cailiosa Hone, Emma McCloskey (0-1f)

 

Referee: Eddie Nash

 

ROLL UP! ROLL UP! This month’s Steelstown Newstletter

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By , May 10, 2014 6:10 pm

STEELSTOWN NEWSLETTER

U14 girls record victory over Moville

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By , April 25, 2014 12:43 pm

 

 

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The Steelstown U14 girls (ably backed up by the U12s) continued to demonstrate how well they are gelling as a team with a great home victory in a friendly against Moville.

A final score of 4-16 to 1-10 was achieved with every girl playing their part on a fine sunny afternoon at the home pitch. With Aoife O’Reilly once again making outstanding saves and providing great service to the outfield players.

The ring of steel Evie Doherty, Niamh Doherty and Orlaith McGough upset and harried the Moville attack and Catherine McGuigan, Niamh Friel and Riona Harkin provided outstanding support to the excellent Sarah Kelly and captain Clodagh Laverty.

The ball was passing well through the team from defense to the attackers Leah McGonagle, Jade McCarry, Dearbhla Mooney, Maeve Mooney the tireless Cara Laverty and Cliodhna Nelis and super subs Hannnah Lang and Pauline Roberts. To the delight of coaches and supporters the girls demonstrated hard work on a hot day and provided a lesson in how to take their points from distance. Well done all!

Steelstown U14 girls qualify for Feile

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By , April 23, 2014 10:56 pm

The Steelstown U14 girls gave a fantastic performance at the Feile 2014 Derry qualifying blitz during the week at Owenbeg, winning both group games against Moneymore and Craigbane and meaning that they will be playing some part in this year’s Feile competition.

Later in the day, they then suffered a narrow 1-point defeat by Dungiven in the semi-final.

In today’s opening match against Moneymore, Aoife Collins broke a deadlock between both teams in the first half with a great point. Moneymore responded with a point before Aoife Collins smashed in a goal, following up after a great attempt by Clodagh Laverty and some super teamwork from the other Og girls. Aoife O’Reilly was outstanding in goals, preventing scores and delivering the ball up the field well. Ellen McFadden, Niamh Doherty and Riona Harkin all worked their socks off in defence.

The centre of the pitch was dominated by great teamwork and interchange between Niamh Friel, Catherine McGuigan, Sarah Kelly (who ran her heart out), Clodagh Laverty, Aoife Collins and Leah McGonigle.

Up front Nicole Campbell, Cara Laverty and Cliodna Nelis put in a great shift. Second half saw the Steelstown girls break free and spurred on by the loss of Niamh Friel in this half though injury the Ogs went on a rampant scoring spree with Aoife Collins starting with a point, from a goalward-bound shot tipped over the bar by the Moneymore keeper. Catherine McGuigan followed this with an unbelievable long range shot dipping in for the goal, followed quickly by another goal from Aoife Collins  fed by Catherine. Points from Leah McGonigle (2, with 1 from a free), Aoife Collins, Clodagh Laverty (2, following some fantastic teamwork) were complimented by two great goals from the prolific Aoife Collins – and if she gets out of the habit of hitting the wood work, she will be even more scary! The second of Aoife’s goals resulted from a great long range shot by the tireless Sarah Kelly through a crowded Moneymore defence. The Steelstown girls finished this match with a 6-7 to 0-2 win.

In the second group match against Craigbane, the Steelstown girls got off to a slow start, playing against a strong breeze. Craigbane scored a goal which triggered a response with points from  Aoife Collins and Leah McGonigle. 3 quick goals then settled the nerves – first from Clodagh Laverty (following up an Aoife Collins shot off the post) and 2 from Aoife Collins  herself (fed from Clodagh). The first half was finished off with points from Aoife Collins and Leah McGonigle (from a free). In this game newcomer Orla O’Doherty, plus U12s Orlaith McGough, Hannah Lang, Evie Doherty, Elle O’Kane and Pauline Roberts all gave outstanding performances.

In the second half and with the wind in their backs, the Steelstown girls picked up the pace with quick points from Clodagh Laverty and Aoife Collins (with a great shot from wide right). Clodagh Laverty then scored a great goal before a run of points from Catherine McGuigan, Leah McGonigle (2) and Clodagh Laverty (2). The Og girls finished with a 4-11 to 1-1 win.

Having negotiated the group stage and banked a Feile place, the Steelstown girls came up against Dungiven. In the first half two opening points by the Dungiven side was cancelled out by two from Leah McGonigle.

A tight encounter followed with both sides playing some fantastic football….a highlight was watching young Cara Laverty (who had an outstanding tournament) chasing a tall Dungiven girl bounding the length of the pitch, matching her every inch of the way. A couple of points by the Dungiven side, taking full advantage of the wind put the pressure on the Steelstown girls as the half drew to a close and pressure told with a late goal and point conceded.

The Steelstown girls finished the half with a six points deficit but with the wind behind them in the next half.. This next half proved frantic and exciting with the Dungiven supporters and coaches almost needing heart massage as the Steelstown girls made their response. A point and a goal from Leah McGonigle  followed by a point from Clodagh Laverty (from a free narrowed the gap to a point, but Dungiven replied by getting up the pitch and taking a point of their own.

Aoife Collins pulled it back to 1-down with a nice point which again triggered a response from the stubborn Dungiven side with another point. Clodagh Laverty raised the temperature with a point in the dying seconds but time ran out and the Dungiven side held on for the narrow 1-7 to 1-6 victory……great football from the two teams.

All in all fabulous performances all around the pitch from the Og girls making their coaches, parents and club proud. Well done all….!

Steelstown Brian Ogs U14 squad:

Aoife O’Reilly; Orla O’Doherty; Niamh Doherty; Orlaith McGough; Niamh Friel; Catherine McGuigan; Riona Harkin; Sarah Kelly; Clogagh Laverty; Leah McGonigle; Aoife Collins; Ellen McFadden; Nicole Campbell; Cara Laverty; Cliodna Nelis; Elle O’Kane ; Pauline Roberts; Evie Doherty; Hannah Lang.

 

NFL Final Tickets

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By , April 17, 2014 9:22 am

National Football League Final Tickets
Tickets for the National Football League Final Derry v Dublin on Sunday 27th April at Croke Park will be on sale at Derry GAA Offices Owenbeg on Wednesday 16th and Thursday 17th this week prior to the Easter Holidays.
Wednesday: 2.30p.m. – 5.00p.m.
Thursday: 10.00a.m. – 5.00p.m.
Ticket Prices:
Adult Tickets: £18 each
Family Tickets which will be located in the Cusack Stand: Adult £18 each. Each Child needs a ticket and they are priced at £5 each.

Tickets can be purchased on the day of the game at various outlets on the roads leading to Croke Park – however these tickets will be priced at 25 Euro.

Steelstown V Coleraine

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By , April 17, 2014 9:20 am

This weekends Senior Game V Coleraine (Away) is now on Saturday 19th. Senior Game 3:30 Reserves at 2pm.

Underage Back this Saturday

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By , March 21, 2014 1:14 pm

Back Again After the Break for St Patricks Day –
Do you want your kids to have some fun, and learn to Play Gaelic Football?
Boys & Girls Under 8’s and Under 10’s this SATURDAY
– all start at 10:00am . Finish at 11:30.
All Beginners welcome – Already coming – why not bring a friend? – this Saturday, 10am, St Mary’s College Northland Road.

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Training Over St Patrick’s Weekend

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By , March 13, 2014 5:40 pm

St Mary’s College will be shut over St Patrick’s weekend, therefore there will be NO Saturday morning training on Saturday 15th March for under 6s, u8s, u10s, u12girls, u14 girls or U16 boys.
Mid week training will still go ahead from Tuesday on-wards, & all these age groups will be back training at St Mary’s College (outdoors) on Saturday 22nd March 2014.

St. Patrick’s Day

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By , March 6, 2014 1:42 pm

This year’s St. Patrick’s Day club mass will be held at 10am on Monday 17 March at Our Lady of Lourdes, Steelstown.

As St. Patrick’s Day falls on a Monday, there will be no vigil mass on the Sunday. Please wear club colours.

There will be no gathering at the club this year as the parade will be happening in the town.

Lá ‘le Phádraig libh go léir!

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