Mulholland inspires Glenavy victory

LGFA IFC

Glenavy 3-11 Gort na Mona 0-9

Photographs: Bert Trowlen

Another fine exhibition of scoring from county player, Grainne McLaughlin and an outstanding midfield performance from Ana Mulholland inspired Glenavy to victory over a battling Gort na Mona in the LGFA IFC at Chapel Hill on Monday night.

The Enright Park girls played their part in an excellent game of attacking football and indeed led 0-2 to 0-0- after 13 minutes through Aobhin Enright and Jordan McCullough as Glenavy took a time to settle into their stride.

Grainne McLaughlin finally got the Chapel Hill side on their way when she pointed a long range free in the 15th minute but Gort na Mona were shading matters at this stage and Blaithin NicCathail edged them back two in front from the resulting kick-out.

Slowly though the home side started to get on top and two points from McLaughlin and another from Megan McGarry edged them one in front by the 19th minute but Gort na Mona were still holding their own and replied with a point from Ciaran Maguire to draw level once more.

From the resulting kick-out Glenavy worked the ball through the hands with Megan McGarry restoring their lead before Michelle Gregory finished a great flowing movement to the Gort na Mona net in the 29th minute to put her side in a commanding position at half time when they led 1-7 to 0-4

The second half was only seconds old when Megan McGarry extended the Glenavy lead with a point and then mid-field dynamo, Ana Mulholland fielded the ball before sending a long range pass into Grainne McLaughlin in the 4th minute and she turned and struck a great goal to put more daylight between the sides.

It looked a long way back for Gort na Mona at this stage but they showed tremendous fighting spirit as they came back strongly with unanswered points from Aoibhin Enright, Ciara Maguire 0-2, and Blaithin Nic Cathail by the 12th minute to give themselves some hope.

Grainne McLaughlin replied with a point from play and followed from a pointed free to move the home side 8 in front and they looked home and dry but Gort na Mona came back again and Ciara Maguire looked to be in for a goal but had her shot pushed over by Orla Mullin in the Glenavy goal.

It proved to be the visitors last score and it was Glenavy who had the last say when the strong running Anna Mulholland raced through for a great individual goal in injury time to put the icing on a fine personal performance.

Glenavy: 16 Orla Mullin, Maire McStravick, 3 Cathy Scannell, 4 Aideen McCambridge, 5 Lilly Curran, 6 Orla McLeod, 7 Geraldine McCann, 8 Ana Mulholland, 9 Natasha O’Neill, 10 Bronagh Forester, 11 Grainne McLaughlin, 12 Megan McGarry, 13 Cara McGarry, 14 Michelle Gregory, 15 Edele Christie

Gort na Mona: 1 Aisling McCaffrey, 2 Katie Ervine, 3 Carla Scannell, 4 Emily Kearns, 5 Caoimhe Delaney, 6 Gabrielle Monaghan, 7 Tiernagh Elle, 8 Mia Gregory, 9 Caitlin Fryer, 10 Blaithin Nic Cathail, 11 Aoibhin Enright, 12 Jeyda Rooney, 13 Jordan McCullough, 14 Ciara Maguire, 15 Duailtin Nic Cathail

Referee: Brenan Toland (Lamh Dhearg)

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