Dominant first half sends Dunloy to victory

ACCL Division 2

Dunloy 1.11 (14)

Tír na nÓg 1.6 (9)

Dunloy hosted Tír na nÓg on Thursday evening in the All County Division 2 Camogie League. The home side dominated for the first half, keeping Tír na nÓg scoreless for 24 minutes. It was a game of two half’s and the visitors came out fighting in the second half to reduce the deficit to two points at one stageafter being 8 down. However Dunloy had youth on their side and the visitors seemed to be limited with a small squad out on the night to hold on for the win with a late hand passed goal.y

10 minutes into the game, Dunloy were in the driving seat with Caoimhe Molly and Erin Trainor bossing the middle of the field and setting up attacks for Dearbhail Elliott, Erin Elliott and Mary Martin. Despite leading by 5 points, Dunloy could have made more use with their possession after shooting numerous wides. Tír na nÓg struggled to get to grips and move the ball into the opposite half of the field from the puc outs with regular keeper Ciara Devine out injured and players having to step up and fill in for her in her absence. Dervla O’Neill dropped deep to pick up many puc outs and found Aimee McAtamney who shot from distance but failed to raise a white flag. After 24 minutes Tír na nÓg broke the deadlock after Caitlin McGaughey caught a puc out and played Emma Louise McAreavy in for the home side’s only score of the half, leaving the score 0.8 to 0.1 at half time. Without relentless defending from Aine Mooney, Carla O’Neill and Cameron McGaughey, Dunloy could have led by much more.

Tír na nÓg found a new lease of life in the second half and with some positional reshuffling they got to grips with the game. Niamh Martin had a shot saved but on the next attack she was fouled and Emily Falloon knocked the free over the bar. Caitlin Martin then drove forward from centre half back and taking on three players she narrowly missed the target. Emily Falloon kicked into action when Aimee McAtamney launched a high ball to the edge of the square. Emily caught it and on the turn buried it to the net, on the puc out Emily turned this over and pointed again to leave 4 points in the game.

Tír na nÓg were now on top and had momentum on their side, with fouls on Niamh Callan who did an excellent player marking job in the second half and a long range free, Falloon added another two points onto the scoreboard. Rachel Bonnes and Caitlin McGaughey linked up well with the next ball in which McGaughey pointed. With the game in the boiling pot, Dunloy went on the attack and despite a questionable free out the play continued and Dearbhail Elliot hand passed the ball to the net to take the lead to 5. With a few minutes remaining Dunloy had done enough to hold on to secure the win.

Tír na nÓg:1. H. Crilly 2. C. McAreavey 3. A. Mooney 4. C. O’Neill 5. C. McStravick 6. C. Martin 7. Cameron McGaughey 8. D. O’Neill 9. Caitlin . McGaughey 10. N. Callan 11. A. McAtamney 12. E. Falloon 13. E. McAreavey 14. R Bonnes 15. N. Martin 16. J. McLoughlin 17. M. O’Dolan

Subs used: M. O’Dolan for H. Crilly, J. McLoughlin for C. McStravick

Scorers: E. McAreavey (0.1), E. Falloon (1.4- 3 frees), C. McGaughey (0.1)

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