Ladies Exit Ulster Club Stage

posted 29 Sep 2018, 08:35 by Derrygonnelly Harps
Harps 1-5 Trillick 6-15

It was a tough day at the office for our ladies team, as they were soundly defeated by Trillick today in the Ulster Club Championship quarter final.  Played in glorious sunshine in a simply splendid looking Canon Maguire Park, the visitors started brightly, Louise Dundas being called into action early on with a point blank save.  Trillick had pace to burn and were especially strong up front.  The Harps did have plenty of possession however when the ball came near Eimear Smyth, sher had two and on occasions three Trillick players on her.  Space was sparce.  Emma Burns hit a trademark Emma B point from distance after doing a bit of graft following the short free from Eimear.  Eimear also scored two frees in this half, but the Trillick forwards and in particular Fiona Owens and Emma Brennan were causing all sorts of bother, while Dearbhaile Gallagher was having a huge impact on the game.
At Half Time the Harpettes trailed 4-7 to 0-3
For the second half, the Harpettes tried hard but found the Trillick defence tough to penetrate and with extra bodies on Smyth, it was always going to be a difficult hour.  They started brightly and Abigaile Greene netted a deserved goal after good work from Emma B and Imelda Jones.  Eimear tried hard, won herself a penalty but the shot didn't hit the target.  That maybe summed things up.  Had chances but didn't take them, and all chances needed to be taken today.  Substitute Tara McLoughlin pointed after good build up from Imelda, and Abi had another shot on goal which was deflected over the bar for a point.
Louise again had to pull off a point-blank save and even managed to deflect the follow-up shot which was typical of the defensive effort today - they never gave up and kept going right to the end.
But Trillick were a much slicker and better opposition.  Indeed the Harpettes haven't faced a team with the same pace, the same intensity in their tackling and just strength on the ball.  They were a level above anything the Harpettes have encountered.They had stand out performers from Cathy Donnelly at No 6, Midfielders Grace McGuinness and Emma Brennan, while Gallagher and Owens were involved in practically everything.
But the Harpettes can look back and know that if they'd have taken their chances, it would have been a closer encounter.  They still have a league final and a 9-a-side final to push for and with one trophy already secured, you still wouldn't bet against another.  Today was just one of those days.  Louise and Andrea marshalled things as best they could, Aoibhinn Jones broke forward well, Emma and Erin Flanagan fought the good fight around the middle, and Eimear got the going tough with three defenders for company, with Abi and Imelda showing well.

Hard luck Harpettes, but the season continues!