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TINAHELY 7-14 AGB 1-05
TINAHELY were the better team and fully deserved their win but the margin of victory doesn’t reflect how well Arklow Geraldines Ballymoney played in this match.
For the ten-minute period either side of half-time AGB caused the Tinahely defence all sorts of problems and created a number of chances, they just failed to take them.
They scored 1-02 in that period but kicked five wides.
The Tinahely defence parted like the Red Sea whenever AGB ran at them and the impressive Anne Marie Keegan was usually the player running through it, her speed and strength a lethal com- bination. Even when Tinahely took remedial action and placed county corner-back Emily Mulhall on her Keegan still had the upper hand. She’s one to watch.
Alongside Keegan, the diminutive Grace Hurley jinked her way past any tackler while a few other teammates did well at times.
Their play didn’t deserve a 27-point loss, they kicked 11 wides, forced Tinahely goalkeeper Shauna Bermingham into three excellent saves and two of their shots crashed off the upright. A final tally of 3-10 or thereabouts would be a better reflection of AGB’s performance.
Tinahely will be happy to take another step on the rung towards a county championship with room for improvement.
Their defence ought to be a concern, though the return of county captain Sarah Hogan will help remedy that, and they only finally shrugged AGB off in the final quarter.
They started well with 3-05 on the board by the 20th minute and pulled away with 2-09 in the final quarter, AGB’s good play limited them to 2-01 in the middle third of the game.
Sarah Byrne finished the game with a nice haul of 3-02 and she started the scoring for her team with a shot that crept over the bar. Rachel Byrne added the second following a mistake in the Arklow midfield and then Ciara Byrne struck the game’s first goal when she was left unmarked.
Grace Hurley got AGB’s first point in the seventh minute and almost got a goal moments later, she glided past Aine Byrne and flashed a shot inches wide.
Sarah Byrne didn’t have such problems for her first goal and it was 2-02 to a point by the tenth minute.
Aimee Maher of Tinahely is chased by Aine O’ Reilly of AGB.