Dunloy win McMenamin semi- final
Bridie McMenamin Junior Shield Camogie Semi Final -photos by Ciaran Clancy
Dunloy 2-12 Mullaghbawn (Co. Armagh) 0-07
The Junior camogs of Dunloy got the club off to the perfect start on the same day that the Minor & Senior hurlers were competing in the County Finals in Ballycastle by qualifying for the Shield final in 3 weeks’ time.
Two first half goals settled this young Dunloy side after a frantic first 10 mins in which both sides showed signs of nerves.
Dunloy hit 2 wides in the opening first couple of mins however it was Mullaghbawn who opened the scoring. Leanne McKinley raised the first white flag of the day following good work in midfield by Roisin Murphy. The Armagh girls doubled their lead moments later with a Jayne Hearty free from 30 yards out.
Not long after Caoimhe Quinn rattled the visitors post when her shot at goal left keeper Pauline Quinn rooted to the spot. Orlagh O’Neill opened the scoring for the home side with a free from 21 yards out after Dearbhail Magill was fouled. The first goal of the game was always going to be crucial at this stage of the game and it was full forward Dearbhail Elliott who got it. After keeper Pauline Quinn denied her moments before this time she made no mistake as she hammered the ball past her from 10 yards out.
It was to be a telling score as it completely settled down the home side and they started to play with a lot more confidence now. Eilish Kearns & Dearbhail Elliott extended Dunloy’s lead to 1-03 to 0-02 with points apiece before Erin Traynor took the score of the game. The young half forward sold her marker not one but two dummy’s before firing over from wide on the side-line and over the bar. A brilliant score.
The ever reliable Orlagh O’Neill again scored from the placed ball before the killer blow came for Mullaghbawn with another Dunloy goal. The home side we already well on top at this stage in midfield and a fine ball into the box from Clare McGuckian found Dearbhail Elliott and she finished to the net.
Mullaghbawn were finding any sort of scoring opportunities hard to come by with the Dunloy defence so tight. Jayne Hearty was up ended for a foul to which Blaithin O’Brien dully knocked over. This was to be their last score of what was a dominate half for the home side. Erin Traynor closed out the scoring for the first half with another well taken point.
Going into half time Dunloy took a well-deserved 2-06 to 0-03 lead.
Mullaghbawn needed to do more up front if they had any chance of making inroads to the Dunloy lead in the second half but it was Dunloy who opened the scoring after Erin Traynor was fouled. Orlagh O’Neill fired the resultant free over the ball to extend the lead to 10 points.
Blaithin O’Brien responded with a free of her own to claw back to 9 points but they were finding no space in which to exploit in the Dunloy back line. Jessica Rush in full back along with Siofra O’Mullan and Lisa McConville were standing strong and gave their opponents no chances in on goal.
Blaithin O’Brien again fired over another placed ball but like before points from Erin Traynor (2) & Orlagh O’Neill whoextended the home sides lead to 2-10 to 0-05.
Mullaghbawn were starting to go for goal at this stage and were dropping balls into the box more in hope than anything else but it was never going to get them anywhere with this home defence as they continually repelled each time. Blaithin O’Brien and Katie O’Brien both fired over points for the visitors but it was never going to make any difference to the outcome of this game.
Orlagh O’Neil and yet again Erin Traynor finished off the scoring for the home side as they ran out 2-12 to 0-07 winners.
Mullaghbawn came into this game on the back of a good win over Derry champions Ballerin and will have no doubt fancied themselves to win this game however they came up against good young Dunloy Junior side who were full of running and their ability to score from play was the difference. Mullaghbawn managed 3 points from play compared to 2-07 for Dunloy and therein was the difference.
In nets Liza McAllister yet again was excellent and in front of her Jessica Rush, Lisa McConville & Noelle Martin were the pick of the defenders. In midfield Clare McGuckian ran the game and controlled it from start to finish. Up front Erin Traynor was outstanding and finished with 5 points from play. Along with Orlagh O’Neill, Dearbhail Elliott & Eilish Kearns they can all be happy with their days work.
Up next is the Ulster Shield final on the 15th of October.
Dearbhail Elliott 2-01, Orlagh O’Neill 0-06 (0-05 frees), Erin Traynor 0-05, Eilish Kearns 0-01
Blaithin O’Brien 0-04 (0-03frees), Jayne Hearty 0-01 (free), Leanne McKinley 0-01, Katie O’Brien 0-01
L McAllister, S O’Mullan, J Rush, L McConville, N Martin, S Conlon, F Hills, C McGuckian, D Magill, E Traynor, E Kearns, O O’Neill, L McGuckian, D Elliott, C Quinn, Subs – A Elliott, A Ingram, L Smyth, M Ingram, A Johnston, K Kelly, K McFerran
P Quinn, L Grant, E Daley, C Byrne, M McAvoy, K Kilkenny, N Murphy, R Murphy, C McElherron, K O’Brien, J Hearty, ALeorard, A Evans, B O’Brien, L McKinnley