Antrim claw back Fermanagh to win Ulster minor clash
Cavan’s Maggie Farrelly becomes first woman to referee a men’s football match at championship level
Cavan referee Maggie Farrelly became the first woman to take charge of a men’s championship match in the Munster MFC quarter-final between Fermanagh and Antrim at Brewster Park. Photo: John McIlwaine/Inpho/Presseye
Fermanagh 2-9 Antrim 2-11
The Saffrons trailed by 2-3 to 0-3 towards the end of the first half, but a goal by Brendan Corr before the break brought them back into it, and a strong second-half showing saw them run out deserving winners.
History was made with Cavan’s Maggie Farrelly becoming the first woman to referee a football championship match at this level.
It was Fermanagh who made the brightest start with two goals from corner-forward Paul Óg O’Reilly in the first 20 minutes.
Antrim responded with a brave fisted goal by full forward Corr to reduce Antrim’s deficit to 2-3 to 1-3 at the break.
Ryder hit just one in between a run of five Small frees between the 40th and 49th minute as Antrim justified their favourites tag with a purposeful second half, before Kevin Small’s low shot squirmed underneath the goalkeeper’s body to hit the net to clinch Antrim’s place in the Ulster MFC semi-final against Cavan.
FERMANAGH: J Kelly; J Toye, C Carney, C Cameron; R McCaffrey, C McManus, S McGullion; M Óg McGarrigle, N Clarke; E Curran (0-1), J Flanagan, C Goodwin (0-1); C Jones, L Ryder (0-6, six frees), P Óg O’Reilly (2-0).
Subs: E Cassidy for McCaffrey (31 mins), P Leonard (0-1, free) for C Jones (57 mins), L Jones for Goodwin (57 mins).
ANTRIM: G Murray; C Garland, C King, C Flynn; E Walsh, D Carey, B McCormick; G Walsh, C Murray; B Rice (0-1), C Small (0-8, eight frees), E Fyfe; O Eastwood (0-2), B Corr (1-0), CJ McKenna.
Subs: C Lyttle for McCormick (40 mins), J Maskey for Quinn (40 mins), K Small (1-0) for Rice (47 mins), D McCormick for C Small (55 mins), P Finnegan for McKenna (60 mins).
Referee: Maggie Farrelly (Cavan).