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Published on August 26th, 2016 | by admin

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Crosskeys Inn Senior camogie quarter final

Dunloy 3-10 Cushendall 0-05

Dunloy senior camogs got the Senior Camogie Championship up and running in Antrim with a comfortable but hard fought win over Cushendall. Played in a sun drenched Ballycastle pitch early goals either side of the half laid the foundations for a good win.

Going by league form Dunloy were the favourites having won both encounters this season however boosted by their minor county winning team from last year Cushendall had a team capable of winning this game.

It was them who opened the stronger in the first 10 mins of the match as they out fought Dunloy in most areas of the field. They took the first score from a free to raise the white flag after a foul conceded by the backs. This was soon followed by another score to open a 0-02 to 0-00 lead. Dunloy responded with a free of their own by Nicole O’Neill after Catriona Maybin was upended.

Cushendall fired over their third point which was both their first and last from play to take a 0-03 to 0-01 lead after 8 mins played. Dunloy responded almost immediately with another placed ball from Nicole O’Neill after Michaela Elliott and Sinead Martin had combined well. Michaela Elliott got on the score sheet herself to bring the sides level.

With Dunloy starting to get into the game more they gain the lead, one that they would not let slip for the rest of the game. Shannon Woulahan, who was putting a shift at midfield, cleared a low ball into Michaela Elliot who was fouled by the full back. Nicole stepped up to fire Dunloy into a 0-04 to 0-03 lead. O’Neill repeated the dose not long after to make it a two-point game for the Cuchullian’s before came the sucker blow goal that give Dunloy the boost they needed.

A long range effort from Julie Anne Rainey was saved by the Cushendall keeper but she knocked it down into the box for corner forward Charlene O’Kane to finish to the net.

Cushendall were still causing Dunloy’s full back line problems with long range efforts but between Clare McGuckian, Leanne Reid and Annie Laverty they repealed each of their attempts. Some poor shooting from Cushendall in this period before half time was punished by the flawless O’Neill and her placed ball.

Going into the break Dunloy took a 1-06 to 0-04 lead knowing there was much more left in the tanks.

At the start of the second half what slight wind there was died down along with the sunshine and both teams started with the same intensity as the first half. Cushendall mounted a period of good pressure and but for solid keeping by Lisa McAllister and solid defending by Chloe Drain the Dall could have reduced the lead.

With the need to relieve the pressure a puck out by McAllister was brilliant caught by captain O’Neill who fired a long ball into the box which the keeper saved to knock it up into the air. An ariel tussle between Erin Elliott and the keeper resorted in a loose ball break to Michaela to poke home a second goal.

This was the nail in the coffin for Cushendall who had the wind knocked from their sails so early in the second half. If the second goal didn’t do it then the third most certainly did. Another goal mouth attack left the keeper under pressure from the Dunloy forwards who closed her down in numbers. A block by Michaela Elliott was forced home by Erin Elliott to make the score 3-06 to 0-04 in Dunloy’s favour.

Dunloy continued to work hard in the back line as Cushendall tried in vain to breach the rear guard but found there was no way through. Nicole O’Neill continued to punish them with the placed ball to make it 3-09 to 0-04.

Cushendall did finally raise a white flag but this was wiped out by a peach of a point by Nicole O’Neill from wide on the left of the pitch to leave the final score Dunloy 3-10 Cushendall 0-05.

A good strong performance from Dunloy who worked hard for the hour against a Cushendall team who never were going to give them an easy passage through.

Next up is Portglenone in the semi-final.

 

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