Drumragh senior ladies and Galbally put on quite a show of championship football at Beragh on Saturday. Considering the gap between the two teams in their last league meeting this game was quite a transformation.
Drumragh got off to a fast start with Beth Donaghy, Aine McManus and Sorcha McKenna on target with points before Caoimhe McCarron scored the game’s first goal at the end of a good team move.
Galbally hit back with two goals in quick succession from Rachel Kelly and Eilis Tally, but a point and a goal from Beth Donaghy gave Drumragh a 2-6 to 2-3 lead at half-time.
That lead didn’t last long in the second half with Galbally finding the back of the net early on through immpressive midfielder Alannah McNulty. Drumragh’s response was impressive however with Sorcha McKenna, Beth Donaghy and Amy Cox all kicking points. Galbally rose to the challenge with a couple of points from Ciara and Rachel Kelly to close the gap to a single point but further points from Aine McManus (2), Coblaith McKenna and Beth Donaghy eased Drumragh further ahead.
Galbally had the chance to get back in the game having been awarded two penalties in the space of 60 seconds. However, Drumragh goalkeeper Laura-Jayne Donnelly saved both spot kicks.
Aine McManus concluded the scoring with a point securing Drumragh’s passage into the next round.
Joanne Barrett, Josephine Quinn and Clare McGread had strong games in defence, while Laura-Jayne Donnelly, along with the two penalty saves, was confident dealing with a number of high balls into the square.
Coblaith McKenna and Julieanne Quinn were involved in lots of Drumragh’s best play, and Beth Donaghy, Sorcha McKenna and Aine McManus kicked some fantastic scores throughout the game.
The Galbally goalkeeper Laura Kane made a number of excellent saves, and the centre-half forward had some big moments.