Ardara too hot for Gaoth Dobhair

Ardara too hot for Gaoth Dobhair
Carol Breslin and Marie Diver were the stars of the show as Ardara captured a third Donegal Intermediate Championship title with a comfortable final win over Gaoth Dobhair.

Carol Breslin and Marie Diver were the stars of the show as Ardara captured a third Donegal Intermediate Championship title with a comfortable final win over Gaoth Dobhair.

Ardara 3-11

Gaoth Dobhair 1-3

Between them Breslin and Diver accounted for all of Ardara’s scores while Breslin ended the game with 1-10 and Diver with 2-1 as they tormented the Gaoth Dobhair defence from the moment Diver struck for the first goal.

That was on three minutes when the corner-forward volleyed home from five yards after being sent clear by Breslin. Breslin followed up with a quick point before Diver struck for green flag number two, on four minutes.

Breslin once again providing the final pass after she won a long delivery into the Gaoth Dobhair area, from Una McLaughlin.

And with Breslin picking off three more points, Ardara went in 2-4 to 0-0 in front at half-time.

Gaoth Dobhair, who enjoyed a good deal of possession but failed to translate it onto the scoreboard, missed a glorious chance to get into the game when Rachel Nic Aoidh smashed a 31 st minute penalty off the crossbar after Aishing Cassidy was fouled.

Rosa Carr also saved the rebound to keep her goal intact.

With her side leading by ten points, Breslin, took up where she left off in the first as she posted 1-6 without reply, before Emer Ní Frighil opened the Gaoth Dobhair account seven minutes from the end.

Aisling Cassidy added two more points for Gaoth Dobhair and Aoife De Barra struck for a late goal to add a degree of respectability for the Gaoth Dobhair girls who, to their credit, never stopped playing right up to the final whistle.

Ardara: Rosa Kelly; Sharon Kilbane, Stephanie Sweeney, Alanna Sweeeney; Roisin Maguire, Mairead Watters, Grace Watters; Aoife Watters, Ciaran Mooney; Una McLaughlin, Laura Sweeney, Grace Feeney; Treasa Sweeney, Carol Breslin (1-10, Maria Diver. Subs: Claire Maguire for T Sweeney (33); Catriona McHugh for G Feeney (48); Therese Gallagher for A Sweeney, Niamh Gallagher for C Mooney (both 52); Chelsea Bennett for M Diver (55).

Gaoth Dobhair: Rosin NicPháidin; Gracie Ni Rabhartaigth, Donna Ne Cheallaigh, Joanne Ni Cheallaigh; Katie Ní Ghallachoir, Jessica Ní Bhrádaigh, Evelyn Ní Gheimhridh; Fiona Ní Rabhartaigh, Carol Ann Ní Chassaide; Emer Ní Fhrighil (0-1, 1f), Rachel MacAoidh, Caitlín Ní Dhomhnaill; Shannon Ní Dhochartaigh, Aisling Ní Chassaide, Caolinn N Chassaide. Subs: Roisin Nic Aodha for R Nic Aodh (33,inj); Katelyn Nic Aoidh for E Ní Gheimhridh, Brid Ní Chanainn for J Ní Cheallaigh (both 55).

Referee: Siobhan Coyle(Fanad Gaels).