McLaughlin hat-trick paves way for Glenavy win

Ladies LGFA Leasgue division 1

Glenavy 4-10 Moneyglass B 1-5

A superb hat-trick by county player Grainne McLaughlin in the opening 21 minutes paved the way for a Glenavy win over Moneyglass B in the ladies LGFA Division 1 at Chapel Hill. McLaughlin looked to have opened the scoring in Glenavy’s first attack but her shot tailed just wide but it wasn’t long before the talented number 11 adjusted her sites.

The St. Joseph’s girls went ahead as McLaughlin pointed but Moneyglass served notice of their intent when they hit back to take the lead through their best forward, Aine Scullion who fired over in the 7th and 12th minutes.

That would be the only time the visitors led with Glenavy responding with a great team goal from Grainne McLaughlin and she went on to add two more majors to leave her side leading 3-3 to 1-2 at the break, Helen Morgan and McLaughlin the St. Joseph’s point scorers and the St. Ergnat’s goal coming from Gemma Laverty in the final minute of the opening half.

Moneyglass were battling to keep in touch and as the second half got under way the impressive Aine Scullin pointed to give them renewed hope but Glenavy replied in devastating fashion with Helen Morgan firing home their fourth goal with only two minutes gone.

Enya Carey replied with a point for the visitors but the momentum was now very much with the Chapel Hill girls as they hit the next four points through Grainne McLaughlin 0-2, Helen Morgan and Lilly Curran to move 4-8 to 1-4 ahead by the 17th minute and it looked all over at this stage.

Emily McCoy in the Moneyglass goal pulled off a superb save to deny the home side as they began to turn the screw and Natasha O’Neill and Grainne McLaughlin added points for the home side either side of a point from the excellent Scullin for the visitors to conclude the scoring.

Glenavy: 2 Lilly Curran, 3 Cathy Scannell, 4 Geraldine McCann, 5 Mary McStravick, 6 Megan McGarry, 7 Aideen McCambrige, 8 Meabh Bradley, 9 Natasha O’Neill, 10 Bronagh Forrester, 11 Grainne McLaughlin, 12 Cara McGarry, 13 Orlatrh McClinton, 14 Eileen Morgan, 15 Orla MacLeod, 16 Orlagh Mullin, 17 Courtney Murray, 18 Ciara McCorry, 19 Eva Cafolla, 20 Ruby McKenna, 22 Grace McCallum, 23 Ciara McLaughlin, 24 Grainne Fallon, 25 Emma O’Neill

Moneyglass: 1Emily McCoy, 2 Enya Carey, 3 Geraldine Campbell, 4 Ciara O’Boyle, 5 Cara McKeefry, 6 Saoirse McErlain, 7 Niamh Neeson, 8 Alicia Boyd, 9 Niamh McKeefry, 10 Gemma Lavery, 11 Danielle Connolly, 12 Aine Scullin, 13 Michelle Mullin, 14 Anna McCann, 15 Marie Dobbin, 18 Anna Griffin, 19 Nicole Cassidy

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