Published on April 10th, 2017 | by admin0
Minor Camogie Championship Randalstown 2-06 Dunloy 8-06
Minor Camogie Championship – Group 2
Randalstown 2-06 Dunloy 8-06
Ref – Margret O’Connell
After suffering an opening group defeat to an impressive Ballycastle side the young Dunloy team knew a win was a must if they had any hope of making the ‘A’ championship semi-finals. With Randalstown already having defeated Portglenone in their first match it meant the pressure was on to get the win.
Played on Randalstown impressive main pitch in front of a good crowd on Sunday evening Dunloy got off to a strong start with Eilish Kearns getting the first point of the match. This was quickly followed by a free by corner forward Katie Laverty.
Dunloy were starting to turn the pressure up and soon registered the game’s first goal. Eilish Kearns picked up a loose ball on the edge of the box, her pass found Dearbhail Magill and she fired into the net. With the score at 1-02 to 0-00 Dunloy should have kicked on but instead it was the home side who pinned Dunloy back. Tir Na nOg were using the win now to their advantage and the sustained pressure paid off. A long ball into the box was well saved by keeper Louise Doherty however it was picked up by the corner forward who rifled it into the roof of the net.
The resultant puck out was won by Randalstown who raised their first white flag to make it 1-02 to 1-01.
Midfield was becoming a fierce battle between the sides with young Caoimhe Molly clearing the ball into Michaela Ingram. Her pass found Katie Laverty and she in turn found the net. Randalstown were using the wind to their advantage and replied with another goal of their own followed up by a point from a free to level the game up. Dunloy were under pressure in the full back line and a clumsy free conceded gave Tir Na nOg the lead for the first time.
Again, it was the midfield from Dunloy who were working their socks off to get the ball into the forwards. An attempted point by Michaela Ingram rather luckily found the net to leave the score 3-03 to 2-03 in favour of Dunloy.
This was to be Dunloy’s last score of the half as Randalstown battered the Dunloy backs for the last 5mins of the half. Two fine scores from their forwards left it a 1 point game. At the half time break it ended Dunloy 3-03 Randalstown 2-05.
At the short change over Caitlin Crawford came in for Aimee Ingram and straight away made her presence felt with a well taken point. With the wind at their backs Dunloy started to push up much more on the puck outs to gain possession. Erin Traynor, who was having a fine game at corner forward, was fouled around the box when in on goal. Up stepped the reliable Katie Laverty to knock over another point.
With Erin starting to pick up possession around the box her persistence paid off as she hammered home a goal for Dunloy. Much like before Erin’s hard work was paying dividends as she again found the net.
Randalstown did get a score on the board from a free but it turned out to be their last effort. With 5 mins to go Dunloy continued to fine the scores with goals from Dearbhail Magill, a point by Caitlin Crawford and a hat trick goal from Erin Traynor. Final score Randalstown 2-06 Dunloy 8-06.
Overall it was a tough first half for Dunloy where they were under pressure from Randalstown who used the wind to good effect to put the full back line and keeper under pressure and get the scores. At half time it was anyone’s game but to their credit Dunloy used the wind to their advantage and shored up their defence to get the win.
Making her first start in nets at Minor level Louise Doherty had a solid game and was well supported in front of her by the impressive Orlagh Stewart, again making her first start at this level. In the half back line Katherine Mullan put in a good shift closing her marker out of the game.
In midfield Caoimhe Molloy worked tirelessly for the full hour up and down the pitch.
Up front Erin Traynor had a great game notching 3 goals along with Katie Laverty who was accurate from the dead ball. Caitlin Crawford when introduced put in a good shift in centre half forward.
Next up is a final game against Portglenone at home to decide if Dunloy will be in the A or B semi-finals.