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LADIES | Tyrone Lose Heavily

Tuesday 04.08.2015
Team Talk Mag

It was once again the Cora Staunton show at Ballinamore on Saturday as the veteran forward’s remarkable vein of scoring form continued with 2-10 bagged, 1-9 before the break. To their credit Tyrone won the second half battle with Staunton, Christiane Hunter and Shannon Quinn having the better of the exchanges with the forward but on the day few could have lived with the Cornacon scorer.

While the result was another body blow to Tyrone it was overshadowed by genuine concern over their captain Neamh Woods who suffered what looked like a serious neck injury. The Tyrone and Mayo medical teams combined to make sure the Drumragh player was treated in the best and safest way possible. After being carried off the player was forced to wait over an hour to be transferred to hospital by ambulance. Remarkably there was no external medical cover at the game and it’s an area that must surely be looked into by the Ladies governing body.

In the game itself Staunton was on fire from the off against a Tyrone side that failed to really threaten at the other end.  Positional switches all over the park for Tyrone at the start saw Quinn take up the full back role. Hunter moved to centre half back and Woods operated round the middle. However a quick fire 1-2 from the Mayo full forward who finished the first half with her side’s total of 1-9 that signalled the outcome of this one early on.

Tyrone worked hard during that opening period but half chances that did fall the way of Gemma Begley, Cathy Donnelly and Joline Donnelly failed to produce scores. Begley went through on goal only for a final pass to be cleared while the two Donnellys saw efforts drift wide. The Mayo machine rumbled on and they kept the scores clocking up. Tyrone’s only score of the half came on 28 minutes when Emma Hegarty fired over.

Tyrone felt they were still in this game going into the second half with the breeze but goals from Staunton and then Fiona McHale killed off their challenge. Staunton was the final player to palm the ball home after it popped around the square like a pin ball while McHale was first to react when the ball came off the post after a hopeful effort . A fourth goal eventually came from Aoife Brennan while the second half point tally was well spread between a handful of players as Tyrone finally got to grips with the Staunton threat.

The loss of Woods was the final hammer blow and it shook Tyrone who were just glad to see the end of this one.

Niamh O’Neill and young Zoe Loughran along with Begley added to the Tyrone points tally while the Quinn/Hunter axis was finally in charge at the back but this was a day perhaps  a season best forgotten. Some positives from the year include the development of some new faces into regulars but in the main there’s a need for real boost of more new faces.

Tyrone: Shannon Lynch, Clare Muldoon, Christiane Hunter, Maria Donnelly, Karen Quinn, Neamh Woods, Grainne Rafferty, Shannon Quinn, Emma Hegarty 0-1, Cathy Donnelly, Gemma Begley 0-1, Angie McShane, Joline Donnelly, Niamh O’Neill, Michaela McGuigan Subs: Zoe Loughran 0-1 For McGuigan, Danni McNamee For Muldoon, Clare McCracken For Rafferty, Joanne Barrett For Woods, Noleen Carland For Quinn.



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