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Shane O’Neill’s reach All-Ireland Final

November 21, 2016

Shane O’Neill’s upset the odds to qualify for the All-Ireland Ladies Intermediate final at Parnell Park on December 4. On home soil Shanes withstood a strong second half comeback from the 2012 champions Parnell’s from London to emerge 3-7 to 1-10 winners having led 1-6 to 0-4 at the short whistle.

Shanes will take on Galway side Annaghdown who defeated Abbeyside from Waterford 1-8 to 0-6 in the other semi-final. Once again it is the Camlough side’s ability to score goals that was the all important factor. Ace goal getter Aimee Mackin was to the fore following up her Ulster final feat with another brilliant hat-trick of goals as the rising Armagh star was the stand out player in what was a terrific backs to the wall team performance from the Shanes who had seen a 9 point lead cut to the minimum in the second half.

The hosts were awarded a penalty inside the opening minute when Aoifa McCoy was fouled. Parnell’s goalkeeper Maria King denied Aimeee Mackin a goal at the expense of a point, pushing her effort over the crossbar. Aimee tagged on two more points before the visitors openened their account through Hannagh Noonan and half back Helen Hughes. Shauna Grey extended the lead to 4-2 but Hughes soon had the minimum between them once more. Mackin and Noonan exchanged points as the short whistle approached. Aimee Mackin had just notched her fifth point of the half when she gathered a beautiful delivery from her sister Blaithin which she blasted to the net to give Shanes a 1-6 to 0-4 interval lead.

The home side defending stoutly continued to keep the upper hand as Aimee opened the second half scoring with a point. A sweeping Shanes move turned defence into artack and the ball found it’s way to Aimeee who cooly slotted it low into the net to give Shanes a 9 point advantage. The 2012 All-Ireland Champions, Parnell’s, were in Camlough to admire the view as they set about turning the game round in style. Full forward Theresa Marren came more into the game as the visitors hit a purple patch hitting 1-5 without reply as Noonan netted the 3 pointer. Parnells came seeking an equaliser but were repelled by some heroic defending. Shauna Grey repelled one such attack and Shanes worked the ball downfield to Aimee who burned off her defender with sheer pace to complete her hat-trick with a killer goal that took the steam out of the revival. The Londeners kept coming but could only muster another point for their efforts as Shanes held firm to book their place in the All-Ireland final on Dec 4.

Scorers-Shanes -Aimee Mackin 3-6 , Shauna Grey 0-1 Parnell’s- Hannah Noonan 1-3, Helen Hughes 0-3, Theresa Marren 0-3, Aine Gormley 0-1.

Crossmaglen Rangers welcomed Parnell Ladies to the town on Saturday last. The London team had travelled to take on Shane O'Neills of Camlough in the All-Ireland semi-final. Girls from all over Ireland and UK make up the panel and they are captained by Mullaghbawn Native Niamh Murphy. Joe and Marion from the Rangers welcomed the girls to the town and wished the well in their semi-final. Unfortunately they were unsuccessful but we hope to see them visit the area again soon.

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