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Published on August 10th, 2016 | by admin


Doherty Woodshavings Antrim Junior championship – Rasharkin 1-01 Dunloy 1-06

Doherty Woodshavings Antrim Junior championship

Rasharkin 1-01 Dunloy 1-06

Dunloy entered this game as favourites after completing their league campaign finishing joint top with St. Paul’s but this was not the case on the pitch as Rasharkin made them earn a hard fought victory.

In the previous two league meetings the young Cuchullian’s had ran out easy winners but this was a Rasharkin team fired up for the championship and they were more than a match for Dunloy.

Rasharkin settled the earliest and showed their intent early on by closing down Dunloy at every given opportunity. This paid off for them by registering the first score of the game. Two mins later Dunloy’s defence was slow in clearing a long ball played into the box. A goal mouth scramble followed by the ball ending up in the net, much to the joy of the Rasharkin players.

With the home side up 1-01 to 0-00 and out fighting Dunloy in almost every area on the pitch the young Cuchullian’s needed to knuckle down if they wanted to stay in this game. They needed a score and it came from corner forward Lisa McGuckian. This seemed to calm the girls down as another score followed by centre half Lauren Elliott.

A long rang free by Elliott left the score at 1-01 to 0-03 with the half time whistle approaching. With time running out a ball played in from the right by Fiona Hills was picked up by full forward Mary Martin who was through on goal only to be dragged down by the defence. Referee Harry Graham had no choice but to award a penalty. Lauren Elliott stepped up and fired high to the net.

With only a few exchanges left the half time whistle came giving Dunloy a lead of 1-03 to 1-01.

The second half was a different affair with Dunloy piling on the pressure on the Rasharkin back line straight away however they were finding the Rasharkin defence extremely tough to break down. In fact it took almost 10mins before Dunloy got back on the score sheet again. Francis McMahon fired over from out while despite being under massive pressure from the defenders following some good work in the back line between Lauren Elliott and Caoimhe Quinn.

Corner forward Lisa McGuckian fired over another point after a good interchange between herself and Fiona Hills to open up a 4-point lead.

Dunloy were guilty of shooting seriously bad wides in the remaining period of the game which would of closed out the game and relieved the pressure on the away side. Rasharkin were still in this game and could have closed the gap but were guilty of some poor shooting themselves. With the game almost over Lauren Elliott fired over Dunloy’s final score to leave it 1-06 to 1-01.

This was a game that Dunloy were far from their best but still managed to get the victory. Rasharkin to their credit fought tooth and nail for every single ball on the pitch and can count themselves unlucky to have not probably won this match.

For Dunloy Lauren Elliott was the pick of the defenders and was well supported by Lisa McConville & Siofra O’Mullan. At midfield Caoimhe Quinn and Dearbhaill Elliott worked very hard against a tough Rasharkin pairing for the full hour. Up front the forwards found the going very tough against a tough Rasharkin defence who gave them next to no space at all. Scores were hard to come by but credit to the girls for digging in.

Next up is a semi-final against Loughgiel.

Dunloy team

  1. Aimee Scott
  2. Luanne Smyth
  3. Jessica Rush
  4. Orlagh O’Neill
  5. Siofra O’Mullan
  6. Lauren Elliott
  7. Lisa McConville
  8. Dearbhaill Elliott
  9. Caoimhe Quinn
  10. Fiona Hills
  11. Katherine McToal
  12. Francis McMahon
  13. Lisa McGuckian
  14. Mary Martin
  15. Michaela Ingram

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