McLaughlin hits 3-8 as Donegal win again

LIDL LADIES NATIONAL LEAGUE

McLaughlin hits 3-8 as Donegal win again

Thanks to a magnificent scoring performance from Geraldine McLaughlin and Yvonne McMonagle, Donegal made it three wins on the trot in the league by overcoming Sligo in Tourlestrane.

Donegal . . . . . . . . . . 4-17

Sligo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-4

Sligo got off to a good start and took a 1-2 to 0-1 lead after ten minutes.

There were 20 minutes on the clock before a Geraldine McLaughlin free had Donegal in front for the first time but it was shortlived as Sligo hammered home a second goal four minutes later.

A key moment came in the 28th minute when McLaughlin won and converted a penalty to put Donegal into a narrow half-time lead, 1-9 to 2-2.

Donegal started the second half as they finished the first with points from Yvonne McMonagle and Deirdre Foley. On 45 minutes McLaughlin struck for a second goal and McMonagle added a third in the 52nd minute to ease Donegal clear, 3-14 to 2-4.

In the final minutes McLaughlin completed her hat-trick and a personal tally of 3-8, while substitute Carol Breslin added two excellent points in the dying minutes

For Donegal manager, Micheal Naughton, the result was very good against a strong Sligo side. "It was a tough game, especially in the first half, but Donegal came back well

"We are slow to get out of the blocks, but we were good in the second half. If we can put a full 60 minutes together, it will take a good team to beat us," said Naughton, who was very happy with the big final tally of 4-17.

"It was a very good score to put up and it was a comfortable win at the end.

"It was a heavy pitch in Tourlestrane and we came good in the end. We have a good bit of work done, but we are still looking for pitches to play on. We are getting pitches, maybe, once a week

"We have a free weekend next week and we are away to Meath the following weekend. At the end of the league campaign, the top four are involved, one v four and two v three," said Naughton, who said that Cavan and Clare would be the other strong teams in the division.

"We have three wins out of three and we want to keep that going. Winning is a habit and we want to do that."

Donegal: Laura Gallagher; Teresa Doherty, Katie Herron (0-1), Nicole McLaughlin; Emer Gallagher, Ciara Hegarty, Therese McCafferty; Karen Guthrie (0-1), Roisin Curran; Paula McGroary, Niamh Hegarty, Deirdre Foley (0-1); Eilish Ward, Yvonne McMonagle (1-4), Geraldine McLaughlin (3-8). Subs used: Grainne Houston, Roisin Friel, Carol Breslin (0-2), Kaneshia McKinney, Sarah Patton, Emma McGrory, Emer Bradley, Jade O'Donnell.