5 star Antrim stay on course

TG4 All Ireland Junior Championship Round 3

Tang GAA, Coolvin, Co. Westmeath

Antrim 5-10 Limerick 2-7

Antrim ladies hit five goals for the second time in recent weeks when they proved too strong for Limerick in Coolvin Co. Westmeath on Saturday. The wheel’s appeared to have come off the Antrim wagon when they lost to Derry recently in Belfast but that defeat seems to have acted as a wakeup call to the Saffron ladies.

It was Limerick who made the early running in Coolvin however as Roisin Ambrose and Amy Ryan pointed them two in front inside two minutes before Grainne McLaughlin opened Antrim account with a point in the 6th minute.

This score seemed to settle the Saffrons and Theresa Mellon fired them ahead with a goal in the 9th minute and they never looked back as Cathy Carey increased their lead from a 20 meter free.

Limerick were under pressure but Lauren Ryan relieved that pressure momentarily with a point in the 18th minute but they were soon on the back foot again as the Saffron ladies responded.

Cathy Carey pointed her second free and goals from Caitlin Taggart in the 27th minute and another from Grainne McLaughlin left Antrim in a strong position at the break when they led 3-3 to 0-4.

If Limerick were to get themselves back into this game then it was imperative that they get off to a good start to the second half and when Leah Coughlin pointed in the opening minute and Andrea O’Sullivan fired to the Antrim net, a minute later their come-back looked to be on course with the Antrim lead now reduced to four points.

Theresa Melon and Cathy Carey appeared to have steadied the ship with Antrim points but Limerick hit back with a goal from the impressive Roisin Ambrose and the lead was down to three and we looked to have a game on our hands.

Antrim were able to find the appropriate response however as Cathy Carey pointed another close range free, Michelle Magee followed with another from play and a Caitlin Taggart goal in the 40th minute put the Ulster side right back in control.

Michelle Magee added a point with Lauren Ryan and Andre O’Sullivan responding with points for the Treaty ladies with ten minutes remaining but it was to be their final role of the dice as Antrim finished strongly.

Theresa Mellon replied with two points and Aoife Taggart put the icing on a polished Antrim performance with a goal in injury time to see them romp home winners by 12 points.

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