Good start to the season for new manager O’Kane

LGFA Division 1

St. Paul’s 3-04. Moneyglass. 4-13

New Moneyglass manager Charlie OKane will be happy with his team’s performance last night as they overcame the challenge of old adversaries, St. Paul’s at Shaw’s Road.

The sides couldn’t be separated during an opening half which saw them tied at 1-4 to 1-4 at the break but the visitors stepped up their game considerably after the break to push on and win convincingly.

It was St. Paul’s who made the early running and Fionnghuala Rocks, Aine Turbity and Rocks again pointed them into a 0-3 to 0-0 lead by the third minute and at this early juncture everything was going the way of the home side.

Things changed dramatically when Aine Devlin got in for a Moneyglass goal after six minutes and points from Orla Prenter, team captain Cathy Carey and Ciara O’Boyle moved them three in front by the 12th minute.

St. Paul’s regrouped however and Aine Turbity pointed before Hanna Doherty fired home a penalty in the 25th minute to edge them one in front.

A point from Orla Prenter in the 30th minute tied the contest at half time and left it all to play for in the second half.

There was little between the sides during the opening half but whatever Charlie O’Kane said to his charges at the break seemed to have an immediate effect as play resumed for the second half.

Maria O’Neill moved them two in front by the 9th minute and when Cathy Carey got through for the visitors second goal in the 11th minute things had swung decisively in favour of the St. Ergnat’s girls.

With their defence closing down the St. Paul’s attack with Sarah ONeill, Aoife Kelly, Emma Louise McAreavey and Rebecca Bradley giving nothing away the momentum was very much with the visitors as Aine Devlin pointed before Orla Prenter finished to the net for their third goal in the 15th minute.

A goal from Mairead Cooper in the 18th minute threatened a St. Paul’s comeback but instead brought an immediate reply from St. Ergnat’s as Orla Prenter fired over three points and another from the excellent Cathy Carey had it well sewed up by the 30th minute.

The ‘Hoops’ kept battling to the end and an injury time goal from Niamh NicIonnrachtaig put a better look on the final scoreline but it was too little too late with the Moneyglass girls setting the early pace and deserving winners on the night.

St. Paul’s: Aisling Healey, 2 Gemma McGroarty, 3 Emma Kelly, 4 Naoise Burns, 5 Rebekah Hemsworth, 6 Maria Hanna, 7 Caoimhe Stewart, 8 Stacey McCann, 9 Aine Turbity, 10 Niamh Ritchie, 11 Hannah Doherty, 12 Niamh Nic Ionnrachtaig, 13 Mairead Cooper, 14 Fionnghuala Rocks, 15 Emer Rocks, 18 Niamh Matthews, 19 Brianna Coyle, 20 Emile Duffy, 21 Sian Burke, 22 Nicole Kelly,

Moneyglass: 1 Anna McCann, 2 Enya Carey, 3 Emma Louise McAreavey, 4 Saoirse McErlain, 5 Danielle Connolly, 6 Sarah O’Neill 7 Aoife Kelly, 8 Cathy Carey, 9 Laura McCann, 10 Alica Boyd, 11 Maria O’Neill, 12 Aine Devlin, 13 Ciara O’Boyle, 14 Orla Prenter, 15 Bronagh Devlin,

Referee: Ray Matthews (Rossa)

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