Tuesday 26 September 2017

PLAYER OF THE MATCH

Ciara McCoy (Antrim)

Three super saves in quick succession inspired her team.

TURNING POINT

Antrim's first two goals, scored within three minutes midway through the first half.

TALKING POINT

Antrim's massive improvement and Louth's downward spiral since the Wee County's 3-15 to 1-12 win over the Saffrons in the second round in July.

MAGIC MOMENT

A coolly slotted precision penalty from Kirsty McGuinness.

REF WATCH

On his first Croke Park appearance, Seamus Regan maintained a firm grip on proceedings.

WHAT THEY SAID

Brian Coyle (Antrim manager):

"Absolutely amazing for us, but Louth didn't turn up on the day. We wanted it more and our girls were really hungry."

John Hanratty (Louth manager):

"Goals win matches and they got all of them. We couldn't get anything right."

MATCH STATISTICS

Wides:

Antrim 3 (2 first half)

Louth 13 (6)

Frees:

Antrim 16 (8)

Louth 18 (8)

Yellow cards: Antrim 1 (M Cooper 49); Louth (U Pearson 15)

WHAT NEXT?

Antrim are All-Ireland junior champions for the second time. Louth are still bidding to replicate their success of 1998.

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