Donegal open their league campaign with a big win over Down, in Newry

Donegal open their league campaign with a big win over Down, in Newry
Donegal opened their Tesco Homegrown Ladies National League campaign in style and a 28 point win over Down, in Newry.

Donegal opened their Tesco Homegrown Ladies National League campaign in style and a 28 point win over Down, in Newry.

Donegal 6-16

Down 0-6

Amber Barrett, Eilish Ward, Niamh McLaughlin and Niamh Hegarty bagged the goals for Davy McLaughlin’s girls who had won this game from a long way out.

Milford ace Barrett, in the absence of the regular goal scoring ace Geraldine McLaughlin, took on the mantle of scorer-in-chief and she ended the game with a personal tally of 3-3 in a game that Donegal were vastly superior to the Mourne ladies.

Eilish Ward, Niamh McLaughlin and Niamh Hegarty were the other goal scorers for a dream start to the new season for the Donegal girls who are playing in Division Two, after being relegated at the end of last season.

Donegal led 3-8 to 0-3 at half-time, courtesy of goals from Barrett, Ward and McLaughlin and Donegal totally dominated the second period with are Barrett finding the net twice.

The starting team showed two changes from the selection named earlier in the week. Shannon McGroddy and Theresa Doherty replaced Ciara Hegarty and Roisin Curran.

Overall this was a clinical performance from Donegal who dominated all over the park with Karen Guthrie, Niamh McLaughlin, Barrett and Niamh Hegarty shining brightest.

While Donegal had the look of winners from very early two quick fire goals from Barrett and McLaughlin in the middle of the first half set them on their way to victory and the three precious league points.

In all Donegal had eight scorers with the six forwards along with midfielder and team captain Katie Herron and wing back Aoife McDonnell also getting their names on the scoresheet.

This was Donegal’s first game after their first round game with Armagh fell victim to the weather the week before. That game has been refixed for next Sunday with the venue yet to be decided.

Donegal: Laura Gallagher; Rose Boyle, Emer Gallagher, Nicole McLaughlin; Aoife McDonnell (0-1), Gemma Glackin, Deirdre Foley; Katie Herron (0-1), Shannon McGroddy; Karen Guthrie (0-2), Niamh McLaughlin (1-4), Eilish Ward (1-2); Theresa Doherty (0-1), Amber Barrett (3-3), Niamh Hegarty (1-2). Subs: Sarah Patton, Maria Carr, Emma McCroary, Orla Carr, Bridgeen Gallagher, Ciara Gallagher, Kaneshia McKinney.