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Athlone Junior Ladies solid performance secures win

posted 25 Apr 2016, 03:43 by Athlone GAA

League Division 4  

Athlone 4–9  St Joseph’s 2-3  

Athlone Junior Ladies secured a comfortable win over St Joseph’s in Sunday’s league fixture. The tone of the game was set early and led by the half back line of Lil Stuart Trainor, Caoimhe Mannion and Siobhan Coleman who dominated from the start. Early scores from Lauren O’ Connor and Emily Henshaw settled Athlone.  There was some neat passing from Niamh Byrne to find Emma Johnson who made a superb catch and set up Aoife Gill who finished to the back of the net.

St Joseph’s responded with some points of their own and it was a tough early contest. The hard working Cathy McGettigan (Capt) began to dominate and Emily Henshaw fielded some excellent ball. Athlone moved the ball at pace again Caoimhe Mannion and Siobhan Coleman dominating and giving good possession to forwards and the half forward line of Chloe Moran, Kasey O’Neill and Niamh Byrne took control using the ball well and defending when they needed to. Niamh Byrne increased the pressure with a well taken goal before the end of the half. Kasey O’ Neill had a tough task at half forward marked by a very good St Joseph’s player but she responded well with an excellent gritty performance, winning kick outs, creating chances for the forwards with clever passing, she worked hard throughout.

The back line of Alannah Reynolds Duignan, Shauna Moylan and Amy Joyce put in a good hardworking performance forcing errors from the opposition. Alannah Reynolds Duignan was excellent, offering no space and closing down quickly. Shauna Moylan held her ground and made some timely interceptions which kept the scoreline low for St Joseph’s. The goalkeeping abilities of Aoife Temple were called on and again her ability to find players with kickouts and clearances kept the momentum going.

The second half introduction of Brionna Geoghegan added pace to the attack and scores from Bionna and a neat finish from Chloe Moran were a just reward for the hardworking Athlone side. Nadia Molloy made her Junior Ladies debut and was full of running and was unlucky not to score following some good link play. Eadaoin Fleming joined to attack  and in the end Athlone had too much for St Joseph’s on the day, finishing Athlone 4-9 to St Joseph’s 2-3.

These teams will meet again in the Championships and Athlone will know there is still work to do. The Athlone Ladies will take away a lot of learning from the game, they will be happy with the scoring power on the day, 7 scorers in all and will look at their fitness and ability to hold possession as areas for improvement.

Finally Athlone’s midfielder Katie Henshaw currently out of the side, welcomed her bundle of joy, baby Jessie in recent days much to the delight of the team and both are well. A return to action is anticipated shortly!

Athlone: Aoife Temple, Alannah Reynolds Duignan, Shauna Moylan, Amy Joyce,  Siobhan Coleman, Caoimhe Mannion, Lil  Stuart Trainor, Cathy McGettigan (Capt), Emily Henshaw, Chloe Moran, Kasey O’ Neill, Niamh Byrne, Emma Johnson, Aoife Gill, Lauren O,Connor, Nadia Molloy, Brionna Geoghegan, Eadaoin Flemming,