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Div. 1 Senior Camogie League Dunloy 2-10 Cushendall 0-03

Div. 1 Senior Camogie League

Dunloy 2-10 Cushendall 0-03

Ref – Ryan O’Reilly

Having suffered a narrow defeat to neighbours Loughgiel on game day 2 Dunloy seniors got back to winning ways with a tough, but comfortable win over Cushendall.

With several positional changes made in the forwards Dunloy lined out the same size as the previous match the week before. As expected the early opening exchanges were frantic and physical as both midfields tried to assert their mark on the game.

Dunloy were first to threaten the score board but Chloe Drain was narrowly off target with her shot. Cushendall themselves had a good chance but like Dunloy shot wide. With 3 mins on the clock Nicole O’Neill was fouled wide on the left which she in turn fired over the bar to register the first score of the game.

Dunloy then shot another wide from half forward Jacinta Dixon but the same player made an amends 2 mins later. Jacinta worked a nice low pass into Chloe Drain for her to turn her marker and find the point to leave the score 0-02 to 0-00.

Cushendall were finding Dunloy’s defence hard to get much change from as they tightened up all the available space to limit them to yet another wide from an acute angle.

Another good pass out of midfield from the hard working Dearbhail Elliott found Nicole who fired over her second point and first from play to open a 3-point lead.

Siobhan McKillop in the half forward was Cushendall’s best player and her long-range effort looked to be dropping under the bar only for Liza McAllister in nets to block it down. The ball hit the post and rolled along the line only for Kathryn Boyle to clear the danger. Siobhan did open the scoring for Cushendall moments later with another long rang effort that split the posts.

Nicole O’Neill restored the 3-point lead with a free after Chloe Drain had been held up. Erin Elliott had a big chance for a goal for the home side but her shot on the edge of the box was blocked by corner back Sorcha Cosgrove. 2 mins later Erin was again through on goal, this time she tried to hand pass it into the net but it was again blocked down. The resultant clearance left full back Bronagh Heggarty on the ground with a suspected broken wrist and sadly out of the match.

As Dunloy finished the half the stronger Nicole O’Neill shot 2 wides in quick succession which Cushendall punished with another Siobhan McKillop point from range to make it 0-04 to 0-02.

With the short whistle approaching Dunloy registered two final points from the stick of Erin Elliott and Chloe Drain. Half time score Dunloy 0-06 Cushendall 0-03.

Like the first half Dunloy started stronger and got the first score of the game from corner forward Nicole O’Neill which was quicky wiped out by a free from Siobhan McKillop. This would turn out to be the away sides last score as they spent the rest of the game defending their goals.

Despite Dunloy having the better of the goal chances they still had yet to beat keeper Noeleen Cosgrove but her county team mate Nicole O’Neill would be the first to raise the green flag. A foul on the edge of the box by the Cushendall back line gave her a shot from 21 yards and she made no mistake making the score 1-07 to 0-03.

For the next 10 mins Dunloy were guilty of missing a lot of chances to open the scoring even further but to their credit they kept creating the opportunities through good defending a pure hard work.

Nicole yet again settled the team with a well taken point from wide on the touch line which then was followed up with a well taken goal by sub Caoimhe Quinn. A pass into the forwards by Aileen Martin was latched onto by corner forward Quinn and she pulled the ball home into the corner of the net.

Another Nicole O’Neill free and a well taken point by Erin Elliott completed the scoring for Dunloy to leave the final score line of Dunloy 2-10 Cushendall 0-03.

A tough but well deserved win for the home side as they collected their second win of the season against a Cushendall side who were unlucky not to beat Ballycastle on the opening day of the season and again at home to Portglenone.

In nets Liza McAllister had little to do for the hour other than one chance which was well dealt with. In front of her Jessica Rush, starting her first senior match, had a fine game along with Kathryn Boyle who continues to get better with each match.

The half back line of Caoimhe Conlon, Sinead Martin & Katherine Mullan gave the Cushendall forwards barely any chances other than long range efforts.

In midfield Dearbhaill Elliott had a stormer and worked solid for the hour and well deserved of the player of the match.

Up front the forwards created plenty of chances over the game and took some fine scores. Nicole O’Neill finished with a tally of 1-06. Alongside her Chloe Drain & Jacinta Dixon had good games and when introduced, Caoimhe Quinn caused the corner back endless problems with her pace and movement.

Next up is an away trip to Bridini Og.

Dunloy team

L McAllister, D Quinn, J Rush, K Boyle, K Mullan, S Martin, C Conlon, A Martin, D Elliott, K Ingram, S Woulahan J Dixon, C Drain (0-02), E Elliott (0-02), N O’Neill (1-06) – Sub C Quinn (1-00), M Martin, D Magill


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