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Ladies Get The Better Of Clare To Make It Through To Quarter Finals

Sunday 11.08.2013
Team Talk Mag
Club


Senior Ladies Progress To All-Ireland 1/4 Final

Tyrone 1-15 Clare 1-9

Tyrone Senior Ladies progressed into the last eight of the TG4 All-Ireland Championship with a fine performance against Clare in Pearse Park, Longford on Saturday afternoon. All the talk in the build up to this game was about Tyrone’s “injury jinx” but despite missing five players from the starting line-up the Red Hand girls started strongly taking an early lead with a point from Lycrecia Quinn. Tyrone looked very comfortable at this stage but some wayward shooting prevented them from adding to their advantage. Clare always looked dangerous on the attack but the Tyrone defence held firm and limited them to 4 points in the first period while Tyrone looked to the boot of team captain Gemma Begley to rack up their next five points with Lycrecia Quinn adding another score before half-time.

The Banner girls came out of the blocks very quickly for the second-period and clawed back the three point deficit to level the score with 25 minutes left to play. Tyrone continued to record too many wides but following a searing run Orla O’Neill scored a superb point to restore the lead and then Cathy Donnelly finally found her scoring boots to extend the lead to two points. Tyrone were now dominating and further points from Orla O’Neill, Gemma Begley and Neamh Woods put some daylight between the teams. Following an injury Emma Hegarty was replaced by Tyrone minor player Niamh O’Neill who threaded a ball through the Clare defence to find Cathy Donnelly who clinically put the ball in the net to effectively end this game as a contest. A further point from Donnelly rounded off a great second-half for the St. Macs forward.

Following the contest Tyrone manager Brian McGee was pleased with the performance against Clare and was looking forward to the quarter-final against Connacht champions Galway next weekend. “This was a tough enough contest today against Clare and despite our injuries the players who have come into the team have done the job asked of them. It was a good team performance but there were some outstanding performances out there today particularly from Tori McLaughlin, Neamh Woods and Gemma Begley. We are happy to have avoided the likes of Monaghan and Cork in the quarter-final. We don’t know much about the Galway team and we don’t have much time to prepare but hopefully they won’t know much about us either and we will be good enough to get a result against them and progress into the last four”.

Team & Scorers: Shannon Lynch, Tori McLaughlin, Maura McMenamin, Sinead McLaughlin, Maria Donnelly, Laura McGillion, Emma Hegarty, Neamh Woods (0-1), Angeline McShane, Cathy Donnelly (1-2), Carol Dooher, Gemma Begley (0-7), Lycrecia Quinn (0-2), Mary Louise Mellon, Orla O’Neill (0-3). Subs: Niamh O’Neill for Emma Hegarty, Siobhan Sheerin for Lycrecia Quinn, Christianne Hunter for Sinead McLaughlin, Niamh McKernan for Cathy Donnelly, Catriona McGahan for Orla O’Neill

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