Bad day at the office
Wicklow outclassed by dominant Dubs
DUBLIN WICKLOW 7-17 0-2
WICKLOW and Dublin lined out in a sun-drenched Baltinglass on Saturday last, in the Liberty Insurance Premier Junior All-Ireland Camogie Championship.
Blue seemed to be the theme for the day, as both team donned blue jersey’s, along with the referee. Emer Keenan had the first real goal attempt in the opening minute but Bernie Byrne saved well and cleared it.
Laoise Quinn had the Dublin ladies opening point in the third minute.
Laura Manley levelled the game from a free after Sile Whelan was fouled in the fifth minute.
Wickow were dealt an early blow, when Sinead Wylde fired in a powerful goal after a great pass from Keenan to the top corner.
Dublin’s Deirdre Johnston, at centre-back seemed to be in the right place every time for the Wicklow puck-outs, winning possession and finding her forwards with some sublime passes.
Kellie Byrne and Nora O’Neill battled hard, but it there was no let up. Dublin added two more points.
Kelly O’Neill was bearing down on the Dublin goal but was fouled in her tracks. Laura Manley pointed the resultant free for Wicklow in the 19th minute.
Six minutes elapsed before Dublin registered another score with Sinead Wylde adding another major. Aoife Dooley for Dublin was having an inspirational game, supplying team-mates with inch perfect passes.
Battle hard as they could, the Wicklow girls could not cope with the pressure being applied by a rampant Dublin side.
Roisin Baker after a great solo run offloaded to Laoise Quinn who goaled on the stroke of half-time.
Laura Manley was unlucky to see her effort deflect wide off the upright. Dublin closed out the half with two points in additional time to leave the half-time score 0-02 to 3-07 for Dublin.
Dublin started the second-half where they left off and registered six unanswered points before Wicklow knew where they were, within the opening six minutes.
Dublin powered on from here with some fine point shooting from their forward line. Even goalie Aisling Spillane got on the scoreboard with a point from a 55-metre free.
Dublin were so dominant with their link up play and their composure with the sliotar at all times. Aoife Dooley and Evelyn Twomey were in fantastic form spraying passes all into their full-forward line.
Victory was assured when Emer Keenan and Emma Young each goaled to kill off the game. Wicklow had a few chances to get scores through Laura Manley and Aoife Weir, but after some tenacious tackling by the Dublin backs they cleared their lines.
Dublin finished out the game with no let up as the full time whistle sounded.
In fairness our ladies battled hard, but met a far superior Dublin team on the day, who blew our side away.
Dublin scorers: Nadine Murphy 2-03, Sinead Wylde 2- 03, Emer Keenan 1-03, Emma Young 1-00, Laoise Quinn 1-00, Roisin Baker 0-02, Aoife Dooley 0-02, Evelyn Twomey 0-01, Roisin Drohan 0-01, Aisling Spillane 0-01.
Wicklow scorers: Laura Manley 0-02.
Kilcoole, who took part in a recent camogie blitz.