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Antrim 'Disappointed' After Enthralling Junior Final Draw With Fermanagh

31 July 2022; Lara Dahunsi of Antrim in action against Aisling O'Brien of Fermanagh during the TG4 All-Ireland Ladies Football Junior Championship Final match between Antrim and Fermanagh at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
By PJ Browne
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A thrilling All-Ireland Junior Ladies Football Championship final between Antrim and Fermanagh finished in a draw at Croke Park on Sunday afternoon.

With time almost up, Orlaith Prenter kicked a free for Antrim to level the game at 1-13 each, and send the decider to a replay in a fortnight.

"Orlaith is a fantastic player," said TG4 Player of the Match Lara Dahunsi.

"I think me and her work well; me in midfield, and her in the forwards, we play a lot of ball to each other. Luckily, she got a point there that kept us in the game, and I give her all the credit for that.

"We are still in it, it's not a loss, it's a moment, and we go again in two weeks, and hopefully we come out with a better outcome.

"Fermanagh are always a good team to play against. We are familiar with each other. We always get each other in competitive games, and it's always a hard battle."


Antrim had led by four points with 11 minutes to play when Fermanagh were awarded a penalty. Eimear Smyth converted the kick to bring her side within the minimum. A point from Erin Tierney brought Fermanagh level, and then another by Smyth put them ahead before Prenter's later equaliser.


Antrim will be particularly disappointed that they kicked 15 wides in the game.

"I think it's one that got away," said Antrim manager Emma Kelly.

"In the first half, we had 20 shots, and only scored eight. Fermanagh were more clinical in front of the posts. We were creating chances, but not taking them.


"In the second half, Fermanagh came out at us - we knew they were going to come. Obviously the square ball, and the sin bin came at the wrong time, the penalty didn't help either.

"I thought a lot of our girls didn't perform on the day, and they are a wee bit disappointed in themselves. In two weeks, hopefully they'll be ready to go again.

"Maria O'Neill is only 17-years-of-age, Sarah O'Neill 16-years-of-age. Maria was probably one of the best performers out there today. We live another day, but we're disappointed at the same time."


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