A five goal blitz from a strong visiting Dublin side left the Donegal ladies GAA team reeling and still searching for their first points of this years league campaign.
Withing just two minutes on the clock in Tir Chonaill Park in Donegal Town Dublin were two goals and point up after a blistering start.
Goals from Woods and Davey were very similar in that both linked up with a three person pass that cut through he middle of the Donegal defence leaving Niamh Mailey with little chance. By five minutes, Noelle Healy added another goal before Donegal’s Roisin Friel tipped over a point from play to opening the scoring for the home side on 10 minutes. Geradine McLaughlin opened her account with a point a free she won herself. Dublin’s Woods and Rowe connected well with Rowe collecting a long pass and coolly slotted another goal leaving ti 4-01 to 0-02 at 20 minutes. Two points from Healy, two from Rowe was followed up a reply from Geraldine McLaughlin, leaving it Donegal 0--3 to Dublin’s 4-05 at half time.
Donegal seemed to get over the first-half shell shock and although Rowe pointed again for the visitors, Geraldine McLaughlin hit two frees and one from play in three minutes to make it 0-06 to 4-06. From this short purple patch for Donegal, Dublin stepped it up another gear with a point from Finnegan and a goal and a point from a rampant Healy. Despite the five goal tally, goalkeeper Niamh Mailey made some very important saves that stopped the Dublin goal count from rising to near double figures.
Geraldine McLaughlin fired over a point in the dying minutes to leave the final score Donegal 7-07 to Dublin’s 5-09.
Speaking after the game, acting manager, Michael Naughton said it had been a “bad week” for Donegal ladies GAA and his side was injury hit in the run up tot he fixture.
“The girls have to start having a bit of belief. It has been a bad week for ladies football in the county and this result was especially disappointing. We got off to bad start and the goals put a damper on the match,” he stated.
Donegal: Niamh Mailey, Kelly Wilson, Nicole McLaughlin, Emer Gallagher, Rose Boyle, Katie Herron, Therese McCafferty, Kate Keaney, Karen Guthrie, Roisin Friel (0-1), Elish Ward, Niamh Carr, Geraldine McLaughlin (0-6,3f), Aisling Cunningham, Ciara Hegarty.
Subs: Karen Feeney for E Gallagher (25min), Lucy Murphy for A Cunningham (35min), Rachel McGee for N Carr, Maria Carr for T McCafferty, Cathy De Ward for E Ward (all 58 mins)
Dublin: Hannah Tyrell, Deirdre Murphy, Siobhan McGrath, Colleen Barrett, Sinead Goldrick, Sorcha Furlong, Martha Byrne, Rachel Ruddy, Sarah McCafferty, Noelle Healy (2-03), Olivia Leonard, Carla Rowe (1-03, 1f), Lyndsey Davey (1-01), Lucy Collins, Siobhan Woods (1-00).
Subs: Sinead Finnegan (0-1) for O Leonard (45min), Leah Caffery for R Ruddy 30min, Niamh Collins for M Byrne (49mins) Natalia Hyland for L Collins (40mins)
Referee G Chapman