Two Dublin Camogie Players in sky blue jerseys and navy skorts tackle an Antrim player in yellow jersey and white shorts

 

Dublin 0-07

Antrim 0-09

 

The Dublin Intermediates suffered an opening day defeat this afternoon in Parnells GAA Club in Division 2 of the Littlewoods Ireland Camogie Leagues.

Dublin playing with the help of a stiff wind built up a three point lead at the break – a lead that wasn’t enough as Antrim took full advantage of the elements in the second to claim a two point win.

Antrim were first on the scoresheet after three minutes with a point from play scored by Chloe Higgins.

The playing conditions were proving difficult for both sides and the second score of the game didn’t arrive till the 11th minute a converted free from Nicole O’Neill.

Dublin grabbed their first score of the contest seconds later with a successful free attempt by Cliodna Nicoletti but by the midway point of half Antrim led by three courtesy of another Nicole O’Neill dead ball strike.

But it was all Dublin to the break as they hit five unanswered points – three from Cliodna Nicoletti, (a 45’ and two frees) and two excellent strikes from open play from Megan Thomas to give the Sky Blues a three point lead at halftime with the score 0-06 to 0-03.

Playing with the wind in the second half Antrim took full advantage and as the scores dried up for Dublin, the Saffrons took the lead by the midway point of the half with a brace of points from Niamh Donnelly both from play and Nicole O’Neill with a point from open play and the other from a 45’.

With ten minutes left in the game another fine point from Nicole O’Neill put Antrim two up. Dublin were still to register a score in the second half and finally broke their duck with a converted 45’ from Cliodna Nicoletti to leave the bare minimum between the teams.

Unfortunately for the Dubs it was to be their only score of the second half and as the game headed into injury time a point from Ciara Boyle secured the win for Antrim.

 

Dublin Scorers:

15. Cliodna Nicoletti 0-05 (5f)

13. Megan Thomas 0-02

 

Antrim Scorers:

13. Nicole O Neill 0-05 (3f)

8. Niamh Donnelly 0-02

11. Chloe Higgins 0-01

16. Ciara Boyle 0-01

 

Dublin:

1. Georgina Plowman

2. Lucy O’Connor

3. Emily Browne

4. Niamh Gleeson

5. Shauna McBride

6. Zoe Couch

7. Sinead Murphy

8. Roisin O’Grady

9. Grainne Power

10. Louise O’Shea

11. Jules McDonald

12. Aoife Whelan

13. Megan Thomas

14. Laura Walsh

15. Cliodna Nicoletti

 

Dublin Substitutions:

18. Emma Johnson for 11. Jules McDonald (22nd Min)

26. Caitlin Coffey for 14. Laura Walsh (44th Min)

19. Aisling Whitely for 9. Grainne Power (49th Min)

17. Ciara Buchannan for 2. Lucy O’Connor (52nd Min)

 

Antrim:

1. Cartriona Graham

2. Maria Lynn

3. Kathryn Donnelly

4. Colleen Patterson

5. Chloe Drain

6. Laoise McKenna

7. Meave Connolly

8. Niamh Donnelly

9. Amy Boyle

10. Lucia McNaughton

11. Chloe Higgins

12. Katie McAleese

13. Nicole O’Neill

14. Sinead Cosgrove

15. Torie Edgar

 

Antrim Substitutions:

17. Aine Donnelly for 15. Torie Edgar (43rd Min)

18. Caoimhe Conlon for 11. Chloe Higgins (52nd Min)

16. Ciara Boyle for 5. Chloe Drain (59th Min)