Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Sunday July 14 - Ladies Senior Football: Connacht Ladies v Tir na nOg

Connacht Ladies 4-15 Tír na nÓg 0-6

Connacht Ladies proved to be too strong for Tír na nÓg in their first ladies senior football championship clash.  Connacht were on a different level to their Brighton based opponents and after one half was played it was pretty much over. 

Amy Ring points for Connacht Ladies
In the first minute after Ciara Donnelly popped over a point with the first attack of the game for Connacht Ladies, and from then on it was pretty much a game of target practice.  Lisa Brick made some excellent saves from close range shots, one came from Elish Gormley who last saw action on the field in Canton when she starred for Roscommon in their first championship victory in 2001.  The champions netted 4 times in the first half, 2 coming from full forward, Jackie McDonagh.  Points flew over the bar at will.  Five of the 6 forwards got on the scoresheet from play as the spoils were shared.  The Brighton side battled to get something going in the other direction, but the Connacht back line were there to cut out the danger before it happened.

In the second half Tír na nÓg pointed twice through Caroline Nee to open their account and it as a much more encouraging performance from them.  Sinead Bannon, Caroline Hanley, and Maggie Sayers did well for the Brighton girls.  Connacht continued to have the better of the game overall, however.  Aisling Kerr, a niece of Elish Gormley, entered the fray and the westerners cruised to the win.  A comfortable 2 points for Connacht Ladies to remain on track to defend their senior championship title.

Connacht:  C. Heraty, S. McAleer, E. Beirne, K. Rice, H. Poff, J. O'Connell, M. Breen, A. McGlone, S. Brady, A. Fox, A. Ring, E. Gormley, C. Donnelly, J. McDonagh, J. Ward.  Tír na nÓg:  L. Brick, N. O'Neill, A. O'Leary, M. Shea, M. Sayers, K. Coombes, M. Murphy, K. Brogan, J. Brady, S. Bannon, J. Moran, C. Hanley, E. Kasey, C. Nee, K. Crozier.

By Rory O'Donnell

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