Connacht Ladies 5-11
The Connacht Ladies faced a stiffer test from the Shamrocks than in their previous encounter, but still pulled away with a handsome win at the end of the day. The win keeps the current champions in top spot with 3 wins from 3 games. The devestating forward line came into their own mid way into the first half, and extended a 3 point lead to 15 in the space of 15 minutes to put the Shamrocks in a hole they had not chance of getting out of.
|Clodagh McGovern battling for the ball with Hazel Poff.|
Two goals in the first 5 minutes got the Connacht Ladies off to a great start. Center forward, Amy Ring, and corner forward Jane Ward were the finishers. The Shamrocks hit back with 2 goals of their own. Clodagh McGovern netted both as the Shamrocks were determined not to let this game get away from them. Ward and Ciara Donnelly in the other corner added 3 points between them and with the Shamrocks having some success going forward it looked as though we had a game on our hands. Connacht Ladies pulled away however. A goal from Jackie McDonagh was followed by points from Donnelly, Ring, and Donnelly again as the
forward line kicked up a gear. The
Shamrocks did not make it easy on themselves and conceded two goals late in the
half, Donnelly and Ward the scorers, to leave themselves 15 points adrift at
|Eyes on the Ball: Ann Marie Murphy|
In the second half the Shamrocks gave their opponents something to think about in the second half as they outscored their opponents by 2 points. In order to turn the result of the game there was not much hope, however, with Tír na nÓg standing between them and a third crack at the top dogs in a final, the second half performance provided last year's beaten finalists with something to give themselves encouragement.
Connacht Ladies: C. Heraty, S. McAleer,
E. Beirne, A. Kerr, A.
Murphy, J. O'Connell, M. Breen, H. Poff, A. McGlone, A. Gormley, A. Ring, S.
Brady, C. Donnelly, J. McDonagh, J. Ward.
Shamrocks: K. Rohan, B. Lockwood,
L. Larkin, E. McGovern, A. McDonnell, R. McHugh, F. Considine, S. Carroll, S.
Woods, E. King, S. McGovern, K. Scanlon, L. O'Brien, K. Mullan, C. McGovern.
By Rory O'Donnell