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Tyrone Ladies Earn Deserved Draw

Sunday 17.03.2024
Team Talk Mag
County


 

Tyrone ladies continued their practice of taking league fixtures around the county for their meeting with Kildare. Both sides had already qualified for the National League Final so today’s game gave both sets of management the opportunity to run the rule over several players.

The game itself was entertaining and the large crowd at Beragh certainly got value for money. Kildare, who are on a nineteen match unbeaten run, led for long periods and looked the better side for long periods but Tyrone made them fight for every ball and almost snatched it right at the death but the Tyrone 3-5, Kildare 2-8 result was fair to both sides.

The impressive Ellen Dowling and Lara Curran got the scoring underway as the lily whites adopted a shoot on sight approach early on. The hardworking Emma Conroy got Tyrone on the board and came close to finding the net only to be denied by a fantastic stop by Niamh Barnes in the Kildare goals. Barnes proved her worth when she saved a penalty from Maria Canavan after Horisk was deemed to have been fouled.

Aoife Horisk did manage to find the net for Tyrone to level the game before Dowling took a pass from Curran and finished with aplomb. That goal put Kildare 1-4 to 1-1 ahead and both sides added a point apiece to leave the halftime score 1-5 to 1-2 in favour of Kildare.

The second half was every bit as competitive even though both managers made changes. Dowling and Aoife Rattigan added points for Kildare to put five between them but Tyrone continued to work hard and punch holes. Midfielders Aoibheann Mc Hugh and Meabh Mallon drove their team on while defensively Joanne Barrett, Maedbh Corrrigan and Emer Mc Cann made life increasingly difficult for the Kildare forwards.

Maria Canavan struck a brace of frees for her team to narrow the gap before a strong run and composed finish from Zoe Loughran tied the game. Maria Canavan converted a difficult free to put Tyrone a point ahead only to see an immediate response from Kildare. Wing half back Ellie O’Toole found space where there shouldn’t have been any and Kildare moved two ahead. A point from Aoife Kilkenny made it a three point game. However Tyrone continued to press forward and were rewarded for their endeavours when they won a penalty with time almost up. Maria Canavan finished confidently and ensured that Tyrone’s good run and unbeaten record continues.

Both teams can now look forward to a date with destiny on April 7th when they will meet at Croke Park in the league final.

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