Yvonne McMonagle and Amber Barrett hit two late goals as Donegal Ladies snatched a dramatic away win against Westmeath in Mullingar.
Donegal . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-4
Westmeath . . . . . . . . . 0-8
Barrett, a second half replacement for Roisin Friel, kicked two of the goals and McMonagle the other in agame that Donegal played nowhere near the football they are capable of.
“We didn’t play well at all and we rode our luck really,” Micheal Naughton told the Democrat/People’s Press.
“But fair play to the girls, they never gave up and they were rewarded with the late goals. It is a very good three league points.”
Westmeath led 0-7 to 0-2 at half-time having played with the advantage of the wind and rain. Ciara Hegarty and Yvonne McMonagle (free) scored the first half Donegal points.
The Midlanders were still in control and leading 0-7 to 0-3 until Barrett struck for Donegal’s first goal on the three quarter-mark. And while Eilish Ward levelled the tie shortly after, Westmeath kicked their only point of the half to go back in front, 0-8 to 1-4.
But Donegal finished strong and McMonagle drove home goal number two in the closing minutes before Barrett sealed it from the spot after she had been hauled down for a penalty.
Meanwhile, Michael Naughton has appealed for training facilities for the Donegal girls.
“It is impossible to get training facilities. I’m leaving Mullingar this evening and I cannot tell the girls where we are training on Tuesday night,” said the Donegal boss.
“We had access to the Centre of Excellence in Convoy on Friday nights at the start of the year. But that is no longer available to us on that night and the availability of the Centre of Excellence is very hit and miss and it is nearly booked all the time, with men’s teams, hurling and football.
“Only for the Finn Valley Centre Astroturf we would be lost. If there is any club out there that would give us a pitch to train on we would be delighted to hear from them.”
Donegal: Laura Gallagher; Therese Doherty, Katy Herron, Nicole McLaughlin; Therese McCafferty, Ciara Hegarty, Emer Gallagher; Grainne Houston, Kate Keaney; Roisin Friel, Niamh Hegarty (0-1), Niamh McLaughlin; Eilish Ward (0-1), Yvonne McMonagle (1-1, 1f), Geraldine McLaughlin (0-1). Subs: Shannon McGroddy for K Keaney (25), Deirdre Foley for T McCafferty and Amber Barrett (2-0, 1-0, pen) for R Friel (both at h/t).