Published on September 26th, 2016 | by admin0
Senior Camogie Championship Semi Final Dunloy 4-09 Portglenone 1-10
Crosskeys Inn Antrim Senior Camogie Semi Final
Dunloy 4-09 Portglenone 1-10
A first half goal blitz for Dunloy made all the difference in this Senior semi-final played in front of a large crowd in Randalstown as the Cuchullian’s girls made the County final for the first time in 8 years.
Having won both league games against Portglenone this year Dunloy went into this game as slight favourites but with Portglenone having the upper hand the past few years over Dunloy in the championship nothing was guaranteed.
Dunloy started the brightest as Erin Elliott opened the scoring with a point following a well worked ball in by Shannon Woulahan. Katie McAleese levelled the scores up from the placed ball not long after but this was short lived as Dunloy got the first goal of the game.
A long drive from out the pitch by captain Nicole O’Neill dropped short only for it to evade Patrica McCarry in goals to end up in the net. It was the boost Dunloy wanted and they never let their grip on the lead slip from this point.
Jacinta Dixon fired over a stunning point from near the side-line to increase Dunloy’s lead to 4 points on a score line of 1-02 to 0-01. Portglenone’s Katie McAleese fired over two more placed balls from frees to keep them in touch but Nicole O’Neill raised the white flag as Dunloy continued to stop Portglenone’s attacks.
Erin Elliott again worked another point before Dunloy’s second goal came from Michaela Elliott following a goal mouth scramble. With Dunloy piling the pressure on up front another short strike for a point ended up in a goal mouth scramble between 5 players only for corner forward Elliott to poke it home to leave the score 2-04 to 0-03.
The same player then forced home the third goal of the game as she brilliantly flicked the ball off the keepers stick as she attempted to clear her lines. Nicole O’Neill scored two more points with Annie Kelly and Niamh McKee responding for Portglenone.
As the half time whistle was blew it was the Dunloy girls who went in the happier leading 3-07 to 0-07.
Portglenone started the better team in the second half as they dominated the first 10mins all over the pitch. Two points from Katie Kelly and another Katie McAleese free reduced the arears to 7 points but despite all of their possession they couldn’t get through a solid Dunloy back line.
Dunloy needed to get a score to settle them down and it came in the form of another goal poked home by full forward Jacinta Dixon. Nicole O’Neill again fired over a point to dent Portglenone’s recovery and stretch the lead on the board. Katie McAleese kept Portglenone in touch with further frees but this was their only outlet to get a score.
Dunloy’s defence was on top all over as Aileen Martin controlled the game at centre half back with Danielle Quinn and Annie Laverty closing out the two corner forwards any chance they got.
Portglenone did get a goal at the end up from a penalty but it was mere consolation as Dunloy had all the work done to secure the victory.
A good days work for an ever improving Dunloy side to qualify for this year’s county final. Having made the Minor B final, the Junior County final and now the Senior final the good work put in this year is evident on the pitch.
Danielle Quinn, Caoimhe Conlon and Aileen Martin all had fine game in the backs keeping the forwards at bay as the majority of Portglenone’s scores came from frees. At midfield Shannon Woulahan & Sinead Martin both had solid games to support both the backs and forwards. Up front Nicole O’Neill finished with a tally of 1-07 and was a constant thorn in the backs for the hour.
Dunloy: Liza McAllister, Clare McGuckian, Leanne Reid, Danielle Quinn, Caoimhe Conlan, Caitriona Maybin, Kathryn Boyle, Sinead Martin, Shannnon Woulahan, Nicole O’Neill (1-7), Aileen Martin, Julie Ann Rainey, Jacinta Dixon (1-1), Erin Elliott (0-2), Michaela Elliott (2-0). Suns used: Chloe Drain, Annie Laverty, Charlene O’Kane and Dearbhail Elliott.