Lamh Dhearg advance in the battle of the number 11’s


Lamh Dhearg 3-12 Moneyglass 2-8

Lamh Dhearg recorded a good win over St. Ergnat’s Moneyglass in what turned into the battle of the opposite number 11’s in this Kennedy Centre LGFA Junior Football Championship meeting at Hannastown at the weekend.

Moneyglass youngster, Leah Stewart finished the game as her sides top scorer with 0-6 on the day but it was her opposite number 11, Robyn Murray who would turn the game on its head, early in the second half to send her side to victory.

The St. Ergnat’s ladies second string looked on their way to victory when they led by 1-7 to 1-3 at the break but the Hannastown girls came back strongly in the second half to claim the victory.

It was Lamh Dhearg who were first on the score card as Isla Annett gave them a great start with a goal in the 5th minute.

Leah Stewart replied with a point for St. Ergnat’s but points from Annett and Ciara Larkin had the Hannastown girls four in front with 12 minutes gone.

Molly Gribbon raised St. Ergnat’s second white flag of the evening in the 18th minute as the visitor’s stuggled to turn possession into score but once again Lamh Dhearg replied and Robyn Murray restored their four point advantage.

It would be their final score of the half however as St. Ergnat’s began to get it together and a Megan Carey goal in the 21st minute fired them into life.

They finished the half in impressive style with Danielle Connolly driving tghem on from mid-field and points from Molly Gribbon and four from the excellent Leah Stewart had her side four ahead at the short whistle and looking good.

It had been all Moneyglass in the closing stages of the opening half with number 11 Stewart the star of the show but on the restart it was Lamh Dhearg’s number 11, Robyn Murray who took on the staring mantle.

The home side came flying out of the starting blocks as the new half got under way with Murray pointing in the opening minute before firing to the Moneyglass net with two minutes gone to level the contest.

The visitors looked shocked as Robyn Murray continued to punch holes in their defence and the Hannastown number 11 added a further goal and a point by the fourth minute to bring her personal tally to 2-3 for the evening and put her side in control.

Inspired by Murray’s contribution, Lamh Dhearg were now playing with great confidence and Amelie Annett added a point and two more from Isla Annett had the home side 6 in front by the 39th minute.

Lauren Smith extended that lead to seven before Megan Carey fired to the net for Moneyglass’ first score for 15 minutes to leave four between the sides with 12 minutes remaining.

Carey’s goal failed to gain the necessary response from her colleagues however and it was Lamh Dhearg who finished the half as they had started with Isla Annett, Lauren Smith, Aoibheann Lrkin and the superb Robyn Murray adding points and the visitor’s solitary reply coming from Leah Stewart.

Lamh Dhearg: 1 Shannon Mccann, 2 Niamh Quinn, 3 Sinead McCloskey, 4 Emer McGarry, 5 Sara Kennedy, 6 Niamh Webb, 7 Tiarnach Fagan, 8 Aoibheann Larkin, 9 Rachael Mulholland, 10 Orlaith Webb, 11 Robyn Murray, 12 Isla Annett. 13 Lauren Smith, 14 Ciara Larkin, 15 Meabh Diamond, 16 Derbhla McAufield, 17 Amelia Annett

Moneyglass: 1 Marie Dobbin, 2 Orla Rooney, 3 Katie Scullin, 4 Cailin Murphy, 5 Mia McLarnon, 6 Katie McCloskey, 7 Annie Griffin, 8 Danielle Connolly, 9 Megan McGlinchey, 10 Caoimhe McErlain, 11 Leah Stewart, 12 Beverly Graffin, 13 Paricia Morris, 14 Michelle Mullin, 15 Molly Gribbon, Megan Carey

Referee: Sean Curran

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