All County Camogie League – Division 1
Dunloy 4-10 Brídíní Óga 2-11
By Seamus McAleenan
The reverse of this fixture was the opening game of the season and turned out to be a very competitive hour’s camogie in Glenravel. Tuesday evening’s return fixture lacked perhaps the closeness of scoring from the first encounter, but the result was in doubt right until the last few minutes when Ashling Millar’s fiercely struck shot was turned away by Dunloy Lisa McAllister and out for a 45.
In the end Dunloy had perhaps that little bit more experience which led to composure on the ball and delivered scores to put them in control of the game, but there was no doubting the intensity of the challenge from Brídíní Óga who look to have found their feet again at this level after a couple of disappointing score-lines.
Caoimhe Conlon was a huge presence at centre-half back for Dunloy, as was Aileen McManus at centre-forward, although Bridini Oga’s young centre forward Ellen Hynds gave her a great run for her money. Meanwhile at other times there were glimpses of class from Dearbhail and Erin Elliott, Sinéad Martin, Chloe Drain and Katherine Boyle.
For the visitors Kirsty Laverty, Laoise McKenna, Ellen Hynds and Caoimhe McAleenan all worked hard, but it was more a collective effort from the Glenravel outfit.
Although Caoimhe McAleenan pointed an early free, a move down the left wing opened up Brídíní Óga and Chloe Drain placed Dearbhail Elliott for the opening goal in the 7th minute. At the other end Brónagh Laverty finished to the net, but the whistle had gone and a penalty was awarded. Caoimhe McAleenan took it, and though her effort was saved, Ashling Millar was on hand to sweep home the re-bound.
Play switched again and Eilish Kearns finished to the net from close range in the 9th minute but again there was a response from the Glenravel girls with points from Laoise McKenna and a long free from McAleenan to bring things level at 1-4 to 2-1.
It remained level, or with Dunloy a point ahead, until Chloe Drain fired home goals in the 19th and 24th minutes to put the home side in the driving seat. However just before the break, Bronagh Laverty won a 20m free which Torie Edgar struck low and again Ashling Millar forced the rebound into the net. Half-time 2-7 to 4-4.
The game settled after the break, with fewer openings in front of goal for either team, although Lisa McAllister and Jessica Rush did very well to clear danger on a couple of occasions and Rachael McBride made some great clearances for Glenravel.
The teams traded points for a period, although that little bit more experience of Dunloy saw them stretch to beyond three points with a couple of great scores from Dearbhail Elliott and attacking defender Katherine Boyle. Those made the result safe, despite some late pressure from the visitors.
Brídíní Óga : Rachael McBride, Lianne Kerr, Bern Convery, Sian McNeill, Eimhear McAleenan capt., Ellen Hynds, Beth McAuley, Caoimhe McAleenan 0-8, 0-7 frees, Laoise McKenna 0-1, Torie Edgar 0-1, Shauna Kelly, Kirsty Laverty 0-1, Ashling Millar 2-0, Oonagh Ward, Brónagh Laverty.
Subs : Úna McAleenan for Beth, Leona Traynor for Sian, Dara Martin for Oonagh, Aimee Traynor for Ashling, Sabrina Speirs for Torie, Caroline McFadden, Jade Bradley, Lauren Edgar.
Dunloy : Lisa McAllister, Katherine Mullan, Jessica Rush, Katherine Boyle 0-1, Clare McGuckian, Caoimhe Conlon capt., Leanne Reid, Sinéad Martin, Erin Elliott 0-1, Eilish Kearns 1-0, Aileen McManus 0-4, 0-3 frees, Caitlin Crawford 1-1, Erin Traynor, Chloe Drain 3-1, Dearbhail Elliott 1-2.
Subs : Annie Laverty for E Traynor, Noelle Martin for L Reid, Siofra O’Mullan for C McGuckian
Referee : John McHenry (Ballycastle)