Brilliant Bogue strike helps Ernesiders to promised land
Fermanagh 2-9 Derry 0-11
Fermanagh claimed the TG4 All-Ireland ladies junior football crown at the second time of asking as they overcame Derry in a pulsating final replay in Clones on Sunday afternoon.
During the initial meeting of the sides at Croke Park last month, Emmet Curry's Ernesiders had been nine points behind before rallying late to earn a second chance.
And they were clearly determined not to find themselves in such a position again as they started with a flurry of scores here and were soon three points to the good, with Eimear Smyth providing the pick of those early efforts.
Slowly though, Derry began to find their feet and edged their way back in to the contest through scores from Emma Doherty and Ciara Moore.
But their increasing hopes of a comeback at St Tiernach's Park were dented hugely when a rapid Fermanagh counter-attack was rounded off by Bláithín Bogue finding the net with a superb finish from a tight angle. And, mainly thanks to that score, at the break it was the girls in green in charge with a narrow 1-4 to 0-5 advantage.
Rapid-fire scores from Ciara McGurk and two Emma Doherty points quickly moved Derry on to level terms after the break.
It was at this stage though that Fermanagh, roared on by a large support amongst the 5,000-plus crowd, seemed to grow stronger in the face of adversity, and corner-back Joanne Doonan's long punt towards goal dropped in to the back of the Derry net to make it 2-5 to 0-8 - a decisive score.
In the closing stages Derry found themselves in some great positions without being able to convert the chances as Fermanagh secured the West County Hotel Cup. After losing intermediate finals in 2009 and 2014, Fermanagh finally landed a first All-Ireland title in the adult grade, but Derry's long wait continues.
Scorers - Fermanagh: S Murphy 0-4; B Bogue, J Doonan 1-0 each; E Smyth, L Maguire 0-2 each; A McGovern 0-1. Derry: E Doherty 0-6; C Moore, J Donnelly, A Crozier, C McGurk, A Laverty 0-1 each.
Fermanagh: R Gleeson; J Doonan, C Murphy, Naomi McManus; M Connolly, S Hamilton, A Maguire; M McDonald, A McGovern; R O'Reilly, A Woods, L Maguire; E Smyth, S Murphy, B Bogue. Subs: Nuala McManus for Bogue (45), D McManus for O'Reilly (50), E Murphy for Connolly (58).
Derry: C Mackey; A McGough, D Donnelly, C Glass; N Browne, K Holly, D Kivlehan; A Laverty, Emma Doherty; J Donnelly, C Moore, Erin Doherty; A Crozier, M Devine, C McGurk. Subs: A Glasgow for Moore (20), R McAllister for Browne (24), C Fletcher for Erin Doherty (48), R Curran for Crozier (57).
Ref: Kevin Corcoran (Mayo).
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