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Published on August 7th, 2017 | by admin

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Antrim Senior Camogie League Dunloy 3-09 Portglenone 1-06

Antrim Senior Camogie League

Dunloy 3-09 Portglenone 1-06

Played in horrible conditions on Sunday morning Dunloy senior camogs finished off their league campaign with a convincing 9-point win. Backed by a strong wind in the first half a 3-goal blitz gave the home side a strong lead which saw them over the line.

In a game that was played in constant rain and a driving wind it’s a credit to both sets of players that 19 scores were registered for the hour. Dunloy were the first to get on the score board through a Nicole O’Neill free which she then doubled a few moments later to open a 2-point lead.

Portglenone were finding the wind a problem and getting the ball beyond the half way line was meaning their backs were constantly under pressure. That pressure told when a well worked ball between Chloe Drain and Erin Elliott was saved by Patricia McCarry but the blocked ball rolled in behind the melee of players and into the empty net.

A further goal by corner forward Michaela Elliott made it 2-02 to 0-00 the home side with 15mins on the clock. Portglenone to their credit were battling strongly in the middle of the park and were forced to drop county star Katie McAleese back as an extra midfielder to try and stem the pressure. They did have opportunities to score themselves but the wind and some solid defending by captain Aileen McManus kept them out.

Another point by Nicole O’Neill and a Jacinta Dixon goal left the half time score 3-03 to 0-00 to the home team.

With Dunloy facing the wind in the second period Portglenone reverted to their original shape with the home side reshaping a number of players to give everyone game time.

Portglenone opening the scoring with 2 points which was in turn wiped out by points from a long-range Nicole O’Neill free and a Jacinta Dixon free from the 21 yard line. The away side were getting more use of the wind now and again popped over another 2 scores to leave it 3-05 to 0-04.

Dunloy’s final score came from corner forward Michaela Elliott who hammered over a fine score on the run following good work in the midfield by Kirstin Ingram.

Portglenone did manage a further 1-01 before the full-time whistle but despite Dunloy making a lot changes they held strong defensively to run out 3-09 to 1-06 winners.

A good finish to the Div 1 league campaign where Dunloy only lost 4 games over the course of the season to leave them in a good place for the championship.

Overall a good performance from the whole team where in defence Caoimhe Conlon, Aileen McManus and Danielle Quinn stood out.

At midfield Nicole O’Neill & Sinead Martin as always were constantly on the ball and working off it.

Up front Kirstin Ingram & Mary Martin worked themselves solid for the whole game along with Chloe Drain, Erin Elliott and Michaela Elliott.

Next up is the Championship against Ballycastle.

Ref – Ryan O’Reilly

Pic by Patrick McIlwaine


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