Brief reports from the second round of league matches played over the weekend, with thanks to Caoimhín O’Reilly of the Dundalk Democrat.
St. Patricks 2-8 Cooley Kickhams 2-7
Kate Flood and Deirbhile O’Doherty found the net after half-time as St. Patrick’s edged an enthralling Peninsula derby at Páirc Eamoin on Sunday morning.
The teams were level, 0-6 to 1-3, at the break and while Cooley introduced Lauren Boyle for the second half, Pat’s were determined to gain a first win back in Division One as Flood, Meg Woods and Áine Breen each found the target.
Newtown Blues 0-8 Geraldines 4-10
Three first half goals set Geraldines on their way to a second successive league victory in Drogheda on Sunday with Abbi O’Connor, Rebecca Carr and Lauren McFaul each finding the net across the opening 16 minutes.
Gers led 3-5 to 0-5 at the interval, Ciara O’Connor among the point scorers, and while the clash went pretty much score for score until the final quarter, a late Victoria Fee major put icing on the cake for Paula Lavin’s impressive charges, who are now the only team in Division One with a 100 percent record.
St. Mochtas 0-11 St. Fechins 0-7
St. Mochta’s recovered from defeat in round one to take the spoils against fancied St. Fechin’s in Louth Village on Sunday.
Fechin’s hit as many as 10 wides in the match and having hit three points in the opening 10 minutes, failed to add to their tally before half-time, where they trailed by two.
The visitors drew level at six points apiece in the third quarter, though a strong finish saw the hosts register five of the game’s closing half-dozen scores.
St. Brides 7-12 Stabannon Parnells 1-8
Seven-goal St. Bride’s got off the mark in Knockbridge as Stabannon fell to a second successive heavy defeat.
Kilkerley Emmets 1-10 Clan na Gael 2-8
The McLaughlin sisters, Shannen and Alannah, hit the net as Clan na Gael survived a scare in a thrilling contest against Kilkerley Emmets.
Leading 1-5 to 0-7 at half-time, Clans pushed six clear with less than 10 minutes remaining, Alannah McLaughlin finding the net, before Emmets came with a surging fightback, Ciara Lennon hitting a goal before late points saw just the minimum separate the sides, only for the clock to pip the home team’s revival (see full report below).
- Dreadnots received a walkover from Naomh Fionnbarra.
- Gleann Mháirtín v St Kevins/Hunterstown was postponed.
- Glyde Rangers 0-7 Roche Emmets 7-12.
Division Three (Friday 24th July):
- O’Raghallaighs/Oliver Plunketts 3-10 St. Brides B 4-7
- Newtown Blues B 0-13 Gleann Mháirtín B 1-7
- Dowdallshill/Cuchulainn Gaels 3-9 Mattock Rangers 4-11
- Clan na Gael B 4-3 Cooley Kickhams B 6-7.
Clan Na Gael maintened their 100% start to the season after a hard earned win in a thrilling Divison 2 contest against Kilkerley on Sunday morning.
Clans were fortunate to be 1-5 to 0-7 ahead at the break as the home side created three clear cut goal chances and did’nt take any of them. Leading 0-2 to 0-1 after six minutes with Ciera Lennon and Jade McKeown hitting points and Alanagh McLaughlin replying for Clans, the Dundalk side had a major let off when Ciara Sharkey’s rasping shot came off the post with Rachel McNally shooting over from the follow up. Ex Dublin star Denise McKenna showed her class with a brilliant point after a strong run which was quickly followed by another well taken point by Ciara Woods.
Sharkey and Woods then swapped points before a Carragh Brady goal bound shot was superbly stopped by Clans keeper Mia Rogers. The side managed by Andrew Griffin and Gerry McKeever took advantage of that let off as county star Shannon McLaughlin lashed home an unstoppable shot from 14 meters to put the visitors ahead for the first time 1-4 to 0-4 after 20 minutes.
Kilkerley replied with points of their own from impressive youngsters Ciara Sharkey Lucy Litchfield, and Ciera Lennon in betweeten a Shannon McLaughlin reply to leave just a point seperating them at the break.
Clans resumed on a high with three points within six minutes before Emmetts hopes were dealt a further blow as influential midfielder Jade McKeown was sent to the sin-bin soon after.. It took Kilkerley 20 minutes to register their first score of the half ,a point from sub Caoibhein Brady but just a minute later Alannagh McLaughlin hit her sides second goal after a fine passing movement to extend the Clans lead 2-08 to 0-08 on 51 minutes.
With the game seemingly beyond them, Kilkerley gave it their best shot to haul themselves back into contention and following a Brady point they were handed a lifeline when Ciera Lennon gained possession and hit a superb shot to the net from a difficult angle. As Clans went on the defenisve, Kilkerley piled forward and while Caoibhein Brady reduced the defecit to the minimum from a free, Clans held out under strong pressure to record the the narrowest of wins.
Clan na Gael; Mia Rogers, Tina McKeever, Therese Curran, Dara May Fitzpatrick, Sinead McGill, Gillian Reilly, Jenine Kelly, Shannon McLaughlin,1-01, Emily Norton, Alanagh McLaughlin 1-01, Deirbhile Tinnelly, Grace Smith, Cara McKeever, Denise McKenna, 0-01, Ciera Woods 0-04
Subs used; Sinead O’Hagan 0-01, Michelle McCourt, Saibbh McCann, Alanagh Tinnelly
Kilkerley Emmetts; Eimear McEnteggard, Eimear Geoghan, Sinead Kneel, Blannad Callan, Enya Kempes, AnnMarie Kane, Ella McEntaggard, Jade McKeown,0-01,Leah Hoey, Ciara Sharkey, 0-02, Claire Lennon, Rachel McNally, 0-01,Lucy Litchfield,0-01,Ciara Lennon, 1-01, Carragh Brady 0-02,
Subs used, Blaithin McFadden, Fionuella Kirby, Abbey McElroy, Caoibhein Brady 0-02
Referee, James Carroll (Tallanstown)
Report, Dermot Woods