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Div. 2 Camogie League Dunloy 1-07 Portglenone 1-04

Div. 2 Camogie League Thursday 20th April

Dunloy 1-07 Portglenone 1-04

Ref – Ryan O’Reilly

After accounting for County Champions St. Johns last week in their opener the young Dunloy side were full of confidence in their first home game of the season hoping to start a run of victories under their belts.

Both sides were evenly matched over the pitch in the first 5 mins of the game but it was Dunloy who had the first meaningful effort on goal. A well worked move on the wing between Fiona Hills and Mary McToal saw the latter’s effort just go wide.

Her disappointment was short lived as Mary opened the scoring 2 mins later from the placed ball to register the game’s first score. Portglenone equalised shortly after only for Orlagh O’Neill to put Dunloy ahead again with a point from a 45.

Another point from Frances McMahon and then a fine individual score from corner forward Mary McToal put the home side further ahead. Portglenone were defending well and gave the Dunloy forwards very few chances to extend their scoring. Dunloy’s defence were also on top form with Orlagh O’Neill, Siofra O’Mullan & Noelle Martin making some telling interceptions to keep the scoring down.

Another Mary McToal free left the score 0-05 to 0-01 closing in on half time. A momentary lapse in concentration in the back line gave Portglenone a rare chance on goal and they duly took it. After looking comfortable for the half Dunloy were now only one point ahead.

Half time – Dunloy 0-05 Portglenone 1-01

In the second half playing with the slight breeze it was the home side who opened the scoring again. An Orlagh O’Neill clearance was picked up by Fiona Hills who passed into Catriona Maybin to get her first score of the afternoon.

Portglenone replied in kind to keep it a 1 point game. With the game so finely in the balance scores were hard come by until Dunloy got a stroke of luck when a 45 from Orlagh O’Neill found its way into the Portglenone net giving the home side a 4-point lead.

Two Portglenone scores, one from a free and one from play reduced the lead to 2 points again leaving the young Dunloy girls fighting for a score to make it a one score game. That score arrived from corner forward Mary McToal. A well taken score from wide on the left gave Dunloy a 3-point lead that they wouldn’t surrender.

Full time Dunloy 1-07 Portglenone 1-04

A tough game overall from both sides which left scores few and far between. Both defences were in top form for the hour limiting scoring chances however it was Dunloy’s ability to create more chances that gave them the victory.

For Dunloy in defence Jessica Rush and Noelle Martin were in solid form in the full back line and in front of them Siofra O’Mullan and Orlagh O’Neill were in the thick of everything. Orlagh was the stand out player for a good Dunloy back line.

At midfield Kirstin Ingram and Clare McGuckian put in a good hard shift battling hard for every ball and up front Mary McToal, Fiona Hills and Dearbhaill Magill all can be happy with their night’s work.

Up next is an away game to Loughgiel in the league for the improving Dunloy side.

Dunloy team:

A Scott, A Forde, J Rush, N Martin, O O’Neill (1-01), C Boyd, S O’Mullan, C McGuckian, & K Ingram, F Hills, C Maybin (0-01), F McMahon (0-01), M McToal (0-03), M Martin (0-01), D Magill.

Subs used – L McGuckian


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