Sunday, July 20, 2014

Sunday July 20 - Ladies Senior Football: Connacht Ladies v Tir na nOg

Tír na nÓg 6-8 Connacht Ladies 1-15

Six goals for Tír na nÓg matched Connacht Ladies total score in points, and ensured that the Brighton side remained unbeaten so far this season.  A hat trick for Jenny Byrne at full forward, and two goals from Caroline Nee put the daggers into Connacht Ladies, who played well in spells and tallied a respectable total of 16 scores.  Conceding goals can kill a team however, especially six of them.

Tir na nOg banged in the goals to keep Connacht Ladies at bay.
The game started with a goal for each side.  Jenny Byrne opened Tír na nÓg's account with a well taken goal, and Sinead Greene answered for Connacht Ladies.  The sides traded points thereafter, Greene, Catriona Smith and Catriona Foley hitting the mark for Connacht Ladies, and Tessa Mullen and Shauna Jackson for Tír na nÓg.  The Brighton side then opened the gap with two goals in quick succession.  Caroline Nee and Byrne netted back to back goals, and at the break it the Brighton side in a 3-6 to 1-5 lead.

Connacht Ladies kept it interesting till the final few minutes.
Another two goals early in the second half put them in the drivers seat.  Nee put away her second, and Byrne her third.  Connacht Ladies kept plugging away in the points department.  Foley, Smith, and Jane Ward inched their side closer and the 2013 champions drew within six points.  Tír na nÓg dug in at the back and held off their opponents until Tessa Mullen got the insurance goal with a minute left, and put the game out of sight.  Tír na nÓg back with a bang in 2014 after a few years on the outside looking in.

Tír na nÓg:  N. Hynes, E. Healy, L. Brick, A. Potts, N. O'Neill, A. Taylor, N. Daly, J. Moore, S. Jackson, T. Mullin, C. Nee, L. Bergin, L. Leonard, J. Byrne, C. O'Connor.  Connacht Ladies:  C. Heraty, K. Cunningham, A. Edgan, A. Kerr, E. Mulgrew, S. Polly, K. O'Brien, C. McDonald, J. Ward, C. Smith, S. Greene, J. McDonagh, K. Kenneally, C. Foley, N. Morgan.

By Rory O'Donnell

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