DUBLIN’S SENIOR CAMOGIE SQUAD GET 2015 OFF TO A WINNING START.
Oulart The Ballagh 0-15
Surrounded by the beautiful Wicklow mountains yesterday morning in the confines of Bray Emmets Gaa Club,Dublin’s Senior Camogie Squad had their first outing of 2015 in a challenge game against Oulart the Ballagh from Wexford.
Conditions were very difficult with a gale force wind howling and gusting across the pitch making even the simplest pass extremely difficult. Given this both teams are to be commended for putting on such an entertaining game.
Oulart with an All Ireland Senior Camogie Club Championship Semi-Final only a couple of weeks away are further ahead of Dublin at this stage of the year in terms of training and match sharpness and this was evident in the first half. They were that little sharper to the ball early on and this led to Oulart enjoying a lot of possession in the opening fifteen minutes of the half.
But they never took full advantage of the possession due to a combination of a couple of early wides and some excellent Dublin defending and only had a point to show for their early efforts. Dublin gradually got to the pitch of the game and they started putting the Oulart defence under pressure and drew level.
Dublin scored the first goal shortly afterwards to take the lead but Oulart came back with two points to reduce the deficit. Dublin then struck for their second goal of the half which came from a free-kick that was rifled into the top corner of the net past the Oulart keeper and three defenders on the line.
Dublin made a number of changes for the start of the second half and had much the better of the possession for the second thirty minutes,but they didn’t turn their dominance into the scores they deserved and it allowed Oulart to slowly from a string of frees get there noses in front and with ten minutes to go led by four points.
The fitness work though that Dublin has done over the last few weeks came to the fore in the final ten minutes as they completely owned the ball and drove at the Oulart back line and the constant pressure told when they struck for their third goal of the game to put the minimum between the sides with the clock running down.
Moments later Dublin raised the green flag for the fourth time in the game to give them a two point lead,but Oulart in the dying seconds had one last attack in them. They were awarded a free about twenty five metres out from the Dublin goal after working the ball up field and knowing time was just up they went for goal to try and snatch victory,but the well struck shot just cleared the crossbar for a point and Dublin held on for a deserved victory.
There were some very good performances from Dublin players on the day particularly from Sarah O’Donovan who got three of Dublin’s goals and looked dangerous every time she got on the ball,Siobhan Kehoe who just seemed to be everywhere in the game and got the other Dublin goal and in defence Grainne Quinn who was excellent winning almost every ball that came her way,bursting out of the defence and setting up Dublin attacks.
Sarah O’Donovan 3-01
Siobhan Kehoe 1-02
Aisling Maher 0-01