Dublin Junior Premier Camogie Squad Lose First Away Fixture In Three Years.
Dublin Junior Premier Camogie Squad Lose First Game In Three Years Away From Home.
Down 5-17 Dublin 0-08
The Junior Premier team suffered their heaviest defeat away from home in three years to a rampent Down outfit in St. Patricks, Portaferry County Down in stage 4 of the Junior Premier Championship.
The tone was set within the 1st minute when Down caught a flat footed Dublin team on the hop and scored a goal and a point. It took the Dublin team 15 minutes to settle, when they took the game to Down, scoring 7 points.
The Down net stopper produced fine saves as the Dubs tried to force themselves into the game, most notably from Laoise Quinn in the dying moments of the half.
The Half time scoreboard read Down 2-08 Dublin 0- 7.
Dublins luck totally deserted them in the second half, when on the restart, Down cleared off their line, with the clearance quickly turning into a counter attack, resulting in the green flag been raised in the visitors end.
The home team pushed home their superiority, their confidence rising all the time, as they dominated the second half.
Dublin to there credit battled in vain, but the hosts were not in generous mood, they knew that at the start of play that they needed the win the game more than the visitors, to secure their own semi final berth.
It was not the best of days for the Junior Premier outfit, though it will be one they will get over as they face old rivals Westmeath in the last of the group stages.
Going into the last round of games, Dublin, Down and Laois all have 6 points, out of 4 games, so the potential is a 3 way playoff if all the teams win their last games to finish the pecking order of first, second and third, to sort out semi final pairings.
Dublin will be hurting after the manner of their defeat today, knowing they let everyone in Dublin Camogie down and they are embarrassed that they let themselves down, but importantly, they will be better equipped going forward, with renewed motivation.
“Nothing went right for us today, as manager I take responsibility for any loss suffered by the Junior Premier team. We will take lessons from the day and return to training tomorrow evening to work on things we identified today said Manger David Dunning.”
“I know the calibre of players in the JP, the team out there today was not that group of players that I trust and I know that they can play far better. It won’t change my view of any of the players or the way we do things and the system we employ. These things happen in sport, when the result is not a reflection of the work done or the team itself. We will bounce back, Westmeath will feel the brunt of the defeat.”
Aideen Naughton 0-02
Siobhan Kehoe 0-02
Roisin Collins 0-02
Elaine Gallery 0-01
Laoise Quinn 0-01