Goals help Donard-The Glen get past Glenealy

Wicklow People (Arklow) - - SPORT - PAT DUNNE

AS the old cliche goes, goals win matches and this was to the fore as the home­side took the spoils in the open­ing round of the Se­nior camo­gie cham­pi­onship against Glenealy.

From the throw in, Katie Ann O’Neill won pos­ses­sion and took a hop off the hurl with the slio­tar and mis­tak­ingly drove it down the wrong end of the pitch, into her own cor­ner-back Katie Daynes.

Katie went to clear, but was blocked by cor­ner-for­ward, Jen- nie O’Neill, who was quick to put Laura Man­ley through on goal but Laura dragged her shot wide.

Lind­say Wal­she, the Donard goalie, was quick to strike the ball down the pitch, but Donard were to slow to re­act, as it went straight back to Laura Man­ley.

Laura passed the ball to the her mid­fielder part­ner, Erynn O’Brien who fed Aoife Weir who took the paint of the wrong side of the post as Donard got of the hook again.

The Donard-The Glen goalie struck the ball down around the mid­field area where Chloe Dwyer won pos­ses­sion and laid of to Kelly O’Neill who was fouled. Claire Whe­lan stepped up to take the free from the 21-me­ter line,and put the first score with a point, on the board.

The ball was pucked out by Jes­sica Driver, it went straight to Carmel Whe­lan who found Claire Whe­lan with a sublime pass, Claire pointed it over the bar from the right hand side.

A brace of goals by Claire Whe­lan closed out the open­ing quar­ter af­ter some fine stick­work by the Nora O’Neill, Sive Byrne and Sa­man­tha Mills, who was on fire through out the game. Laura Man­ley landed a long-range point to open Glenealy’s ac­count, af­ter good work by Jen­nie O’Neill to close out the open­ing quar­ter with the score 2-03 to 0-01.

Both de­fences were on top in the next pe­riod with some pow­er­ful block­ing and clear­ances by both sets of ladies.

Laura Man­ley sweetly split the posts from a 45 be­fore Claire Whe­lan closed out the sec­ond half with a point with the scoreboard now read­ing 2-05 to 0-02.

Laura Man­ley pointed the open­ing score on the restart for the Reds. Glenealy built a bit of mo­men­tum with Eyrnn OBrien point­ing a free be­fore Lot­tie Cullen sent over a mighty point.

How­ever, Donard re­sponded with a rasper of a goal from the hurl of Kelly O’Neill in their first at­tack of the sec­ond pe­riod.

Jes­sica Driver brought off a world class save to keep Donard at bay in the next at­tack.

Laura Man­ley pointed the red ladies, sixth point, to close out the third quar­ter af­ter some fine build up play from Louise Vick­ers and Aoife Weir.

Carmel Whe­lan was in fine form for the green and gold, break­ing down lots off Glenealy’s at­tack­ing play.

Donard in­tro­duced a cou­ple of fresh legs and fin­ished out the game the stronger.

Kelly O’Neill and Claire Whe­lan, who kept all the home­side score’s be­tween them­selves,each pointed to in­crease the lead.

Kelly O’Neill put the game to bed with another ma­jor for Donard go­ing into the fi­nal mo­ments of the game.

Donard-The Glen will be de­lighted with their open­ing round win but will have to sharpen up, on some of their pass­ing and shoot­ing if they want to chal­lenge Knock­ananna in the lat­ter stages of this cham­pi­onship.

Scor­ers - Donard: Kelly O’Neill 3-2, Claire Whe­lan 1-5 (2f ,65).

Glenealy: Laura Man­ley 0-4 (2, 65), Erynn O’Brien 0-2 (1f), Lot­tie Cullen 0-1.

Donard-The Glen: Lind­sey Walsh; Katie Daynes, Jenny Tyrrell, Carmel Whe­lan; Casey Kelly, Lizzie Bro­phy, Aoife Grace; Sive Byrne, Katie Ann O’Neill; Sa­man­tha Mills, Nora O’Neill, Amy Switzer; Claire Whe­lan, Kelly O’Neill, Chloe Dwyer. Subs: Hol­lie Eve Cullen Dunne, Iso­bel Keeneghan, Mol­lie McCor­mack

Glenealy: Jes­sica Driver; Denise Walsh, Ailbhe Dowl­ing, Amanda Doyle; Ann Maire Man­ning, Lisa Ho­gan, Stacey O’Neill;Laura Man­ley, Erynn O’Brien; Lot­tie Cullen, Aoife Weir, Kasey Doyle; Casey An­der­son, Louise Vick­ers,Jen­nie O’Neill.

Ref­eree: Fidelma Dow­dall (Nur­ney)

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