Published on April 11th, 2017 | by admin0
Senior Camogie League Dunloy 1-04 Loughgiel 1-10
Ref- Owen Elliott
After an opening day win against Rossa confidence was high in the team coming into the game against neighbours Loughgiel. With the Shamrocks having held the upper hand over Dunloy in the league this past number of years they were favourites for the game. However, the game didn’t go just to plan.
Both teams opened this game in a serious pace. For the second game of the season there was no slow start or build up. With this being a local derby no quarter was given by either side on any part of the pitch.
Possession was hard fought and won and both defences were quick to ascertain their dominance over the forwards for either side. Chances were few and far between in the opening 10mins of the match with only a couple of wides for either side to show for.
Loughgiel opened the scoring from the dead ball after a foul in the Dunloy defence. In fact, the next couple of scores came to Loughgiel from the placed ball of Racquel McCarry to take her tally to 0-03. Dunloy were still pushing the Loughgiel backs at every opportunity and Dearbhail Elliott had a couple of chances to take the score but was crowded out.
Una McNaughton then put Loughgiel up by 4 points only for a foul on Sinead Martin to be missed by the usually reliable Nicole O’Neill. Loughgiel then went 5 ahead from the placed ball of McCarry this despite Dunloy still looking comfortable in the game. Dunloy then had a massive goal chance which could of swung them back into the game. Dearbhail Elliot broke away from her marker and closed in wide of goal. She wisely squared it back into the box which fell kindly to Nicole O’Neill who drove it to goal only for it to be blocked by the defence and cleared to safety.
As cruel as sport can be the resultant block down on goal was worked down the pitch for Loughgiel who crafted the space to get in on goal. One on one with Lisa in nets Loughgiel finally got one past her after she brilliantly denied them 3 times before that.
One further point followed this up from Loughgiel left the score at 1-06 to 0-00 in favour of the away side.
With the slight hill and breeze at their backs Dunloy came out even more hungry from the first half and immediately the tactical switches by the management paid off. Chloe Drain into the forwards showed great fight and hunger to win the ball and draw the foul. Up stepped Jacinta Dixon to fire the ball over the bar and open the scoring for Dunloy.
With Sinead Martin in centre half and sister in midfield the pair were putting in a big shift, well supported by Caoimhe Conlon at wing half, to stem off the Loughgiel forwards. With 5 mins gone into the second half Dunloy raised their second white flag again from half forward Jacinta Dixon. Her free made the score 0-02 to 1-06 in favour of Loughgiel.
The away side kept the score board ticking over by splitting the posts to restore their lead to 8 points and followed this up with another point 5 mins later.
Dunloy needed a big score and their perseverance paid off up front when it was again Chloe Drain who made the difference. Her forward running in on goal drew the full back towards her for Chloe to pass into the unmarked Nicole O’Neill to fire into the net.
With renewed hope Dunloy needed another score and it came from Nicole O’Neill. Her first effort on goal was blocked down and the follow up ball Loughgiel fouled again. Her second shot on target fired just over the bar to leave the score 1-03 to 1-09.
2 more scores in the game to either side from placed balls, finished off the scoring for either side to leave the final score 1-04 to 1-10 in favour of Loughgiel.
This is a game that Dunloy could have won. All over the pitch they matched the county champions in every area and on another day the chances in the first half would of went in. It was an impressive effort from our girls so early in the season and shows great promise for the year ahead.
In nets Lisa McAllister had a superb game making two outstanding saves from point blank range. In front of her Kathryn Boyle had a solid game along with Caoimhe Conlon, Aileen Martin and young Katherine Mullan when brought on.
At midfield Sinead Martin was as always in the thick of it and worked herself into the ground. Up front Jacinta Dixon was the pick of the forwards, constantly working off the ball and chipped in with 3 points from frees. Chloe Drain, when moved into the forwards, caused problems with her direct running on the ball and wiliness to create the chances. Unlucky not to get on the score sheet herself with a few efforts.
L McAllister, D Quinn, L Reid, K Boyle, C Drain, A Martin, C Conlon, S Martin, S Woulahan, N O’Neill (1-01), M Martin, J Dixon (0-03), D Elliott, E Elliott, K Ingram