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Great Win For Tyrone Ladies

Sunday 21.07.2019
Team Talk Mag




Tyrone produced an outstanding display at TEG Cusack Park, Mullingar to get the better of provincial rivals Donegal in Group 4 of the TG4 All-Ireland SFC.

Chloe McCaffrey and Maria Canavan  finished with a combined tally of 1-8 as the 2018 intermediate champions claimed the victory.

Geraldine McLaughlin led the way for Donegal with 2-5, but Maxi Curran’s outfit will now need to defeat Mayo next week to keep their interest in the Brendan Martin Cup alive.

Eager to make amends for their defeat to Donegal in the Ulster championship — as well as last week’s reversal to Mayo — Tyrone moved into a surprise six-point lead by the end of the opening quarter.

In addition to Maria Canavan, Niamh McGirr and Emma Jane Gervin points, McCaffrey palmed to the net at the end of a 12th-minute move, Canavan teeing her up.

Donegal finally opened their account through Geraldine McLaughlin’s pointed free and the Termon sharpshooter finished the half with 1-2 to her name.

Nevertheless, with Niamh O’Neill, McCaffrey and Aoibhinn McHugh all on target, Tyrone brought a 1-6 to 1-4 advantage into the break. Mc Hugh and Kelly also going close for goals. Tyrone looked impressive on the break with Emma Brennan, Tori Mc Laughlin and Mc Girr runs causing trouble for the Ulster champions.

Niamh McLaughlin cut Donegal’s deficit to a minimum on the resumption, but Tyrone spectacularly fired back registering 2-1 without reply.

After a McCaffrey free dropped short, substitute Meabh Mallon was on hand to fire home. Niamh Hughes’ speculative strike also raised a green flag after good work from O’Neill and Canavan claimed her second point to further increase their lead to eight points.

The sin-binning of Nicole McLaughlin on the half-hour mark had left Donegal hamstrung during this period but Tyrone also lost McGirr to a yellow-card. This preceded another 1-1 salvo for McLaughlin, in addition to a maiden point for Donegal captain Karen Guthrie. Mc Laughlin’s goal fortunate to find the net as it spun off Brennan’s hand.

Tyrone responded well and gave themselves significant breathing space with unanswered scores from McCaffrey and two from Canavan. As expected, Donegal ramped up the tension in a frantic finale and a Niamh McLaughlin penalty reduced the gap to two points. Siobhan Sheerin went close with two goal efforts as Tyrone remained composed in the final minutes.

An assured defence, spearheaded by Joanne Barrett, Christiane Hunter and Caolieann Conway held firm and McCaffrey’s last-minute free put the seal on their magnificent triumph.

Scorers – Tyrone: Chloe McCaffrey 1-3 (0-1f), Maria Canavan 0-5 (4f), Niamh Hughes, Meabh Mallon 1-0 each, Niamh McGirr, Emma Jane Gervin, Aoibheann McHugh, Niamh O’Neill 0-1 each.

Donegal: Geraldine McLaughlin 2-5 (0-2f), Niamh McLaughlin 1-1 (1-0 pen), Karen Guthrie 0-2 (2f), Niamh Hegarty 0-1.

Tyrone: Shannon Lynch; Christiane Hunter, Joanne Barrett, Caoileann Conway; Emma Brennan, Tori McLaughlin, Niamh McGirr; Emma Jane Gervin, Slanie McCarroll; Niamh Hughes, Maria Canavan, Aoibheann McHugh; Niamh O’Neill, Catlin Kelly, Chloe McCaffrey.

Subs: Meabh Mallon for Kelly (h-t), Sasha Byrne for Hughes, Siobhan Sheerin for O’Neill .

Donegal: A McColgan; AM McGlynn, E McGinley, N McLaughlin; T Doherty, E Gallagher, N Carr; K Herron, N Boyle; N Hegarty, A Boyle Carr, N McLaughlin; K Guthrie, G McLaughlin, M Ryan.

Subs: K Keeney for Boyle (50), S McGroddy for Ryan (51), N McDonald for Hegarty (55).

Ref – Barry Redmond (Wexford).

Paddy Hunter


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