Goals do the trick for Dunloy

Antrim Camogie League Division 1

Dunloy 5-7 Cushendall 0-13

Goals done the trick for Dunloy in Tuesday evening’s league win over Cushendall at Pearse Park, Dunloy. Cushendall competed well and on the balance of play were well in the game but they got hit for real body blows at regular intervals as Erin Elliott grabbed two and Machaele Elliott one in the first half while Aileen McManus and substitute Shannon Woulahan did the damage in the second.

A Michaela Elliott goal and an Erin Elliott point gave Dunloy a good start but Cushendall kept in touch with two points from full forward Orlagh O’Hara. Erin Elliott then hit the first of her two first half goals but O’Hara was keeping the visitors in touch and three points in reply to one from Aileen McManus kept the Ruairis very much in the race. Erin Elliott’s second goal gave Dunloy a decided edge and when Aileen McManus added a point they were seven clear but a late point from O’Hara closed the gap to six by half time. 3-3 to 0-6

Points from Erin Elliott and Nicole Elliott early in the second half had the lead out to eight just two minutes after the restart and exchange of points by O’Hara and McManus kept it that way, but Cushendall hit a good spell and three unanswered points from Siobhan McKillop and Orlagh O’Hara (2) cut the gap back to five. On 48 minutes Nicole O’Neill pointed to stretch the Dunloy lead to six but points from O’Hara and Dervla Cosgrove left just four between the sides with just seven minute left to play.

Dunloy were suddenly under a bit of pressure but they responded well when it was needed and an Aileen McManus goal five minute time all but left them save before substitute Shannon Woulahan added the insurance with a goal number five on the stroke of full time.   

DUNLOY: Lisa McAllister, Eilish Kearns, Chloe Drain, Leanne Reid, Sorcha Conlon, Caoimhe Conlon, Catherine Boyle, Katie Laverty, Kataharine Mullan, Erin Elliott, Nicole O’Neill, Sinead Martin, Annie Laverty, Aileen McManus, Michaela Elliott.

Subs – Shannon Woulahan

CUSHENDALL: – Noleen Cosgrove, Nuala McQuillan, Aoife McClafferty, Clodagh McKillop, Claire Kearney, Caoimhe McNaughton, Siobhan McKillop, Dervla Cosgrove, Laura McMullan, Sinead Cosgrove, Brigid Delargy, Brogan Abram, Orlagh O’Hara, Naomi McCurry.

Referee – Ryan O’Reilly (Con Magees)

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