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Tir Conaill Women's Shinty Team Prepare for Last Game of the Season
30 October 2008
Sunday 2nd November will see Tir Conaill Harps women's shinty A & B teams play their last game of the season.
The B team are up first with a 1 o'clock start at Yoker's Peterson Park against the Glasgow Mid Argyll A team. A win would secure them a runner's up place in the South Division 2, but the oposition are the league winners and so the Harps will need to be up to the challenge. The team have done exceptionally well this year with many players in their first season. Much credit needs to go to the backbone of the team Grace McBride, Mel Eggleton and Jill Moore.
Next up are the A team at 2.30 pm. This game is a National League Division 1 decider against Glasgow Mid Argyll A team. A win in this would see us end the season on a high with the cup and league double.
Earlier in the season the Harps secured their first Scottish Cup win against Glengarry. The final between two of the sides had promised to be close - and so it proved as Glasgow-based TCH and three-times former cup winners Glengarry produced an absorbing contest which remained in the balance until the final whistle.
Harps looked sharp in attack early on and they had a cutting edge in the shape of Fiona Mathie, who struck twice in the opening 20 minutes to put her side in control. Glengarry regrouped at the interval and pressed forward in the second half, reducing the arrears when Sarah Corrigal neatly finished off a sweeping movement 10 minutes after the break. Tir Conaill came under further pressure but Hilda Dooley marshalled their defensive effort superbly to protect their lead.
As time ran out, both goalkeepers produced some fine saves. Joanne Gillanders kept Glengarry's hopes alive by twice thwarting Harps' counter-attacks - and at the other end in the final minute Janice Aitken pulled off a splendid stop to deny the north side a last-gasp equaliser. TCH captain Roisin Campbell stepped forward to accept the trophy from sponsor Peter Gow at the end of a great advert for women's shinty - and Glengarry's efforts were reflected in Sarah Corrigal's player-of-the-match award.
Five of TCH's players, and coach George Hay continued their success in October as part of the victorious Scottish squad in their win over an Ireland select in the compromise rules game in Kilkenny. Only Hilda Dooley had previously represented the Harps in this game. So it was a proud moment for Catherine McGourty, Orla Coughlan, Yvonne Connaughton and Fiona Mathie as well as for the club. The contribution they all made to this game is a reflection of how much the team has progressed in recent years.