Antrim under 16s retain championship title                                                                    2รบ Bealtaine 2009

Antrim overcame a six point half time deficit to claim the Ulster U16B crown on Saturday at St. Pauls. Four second half goals and a penalty save helped secure the two point win.

In the first half Antrim uncharacteristicly made a series of basic errors to allow Femanagh to gain a considerable lead. A goal from corner forward Maura Mc Donnell helped the Erne girls to a 1-7 to 0-3 interval lead. Fermanagh's dominance continued in the third quarter and they extended their lead to eleven points. When it looked like Antrim were not going to lift the title on this occasion Anna Finnegan came up trumps netting the ball. This was the turning point of the game for Antrim. That score lifted the Saffrons. Finnegan added another major and two other goals followed from Siobhan Bell and Maeve Mc Curdy. Mc Curdy then pointed to level the game with seven minutes remaining.

Fermanagh were thrown a lifeline with time almost up. Monaghan referee Michael Henry awarded them a penalty however Lauren Gray in the Saffron goals saved the spot kick. Mc Curdy added two late points to give Antrim a narrow win.

Antrim - M. Mc Curdy 1-4, A. Finnegan 2-0, S. Bell 1-1 and K. Mc Guinness 0-2

Fermanagh - M. Mc Donnell 1-3, N. Mc Manus 0-5, A. Maguire and E. Maguire 0-2 each, D. Beattie and J. Doonan 0-1 each