The Dublin Senior Camogie squad claimed their first Camogie League Point of this seasons competition after a draw against Offaly this afternoon in Parnells GAA club in Coolock.
In difficult playing conditions Dublin just edged a tight first half to take a one point lead at the break.
Offaly started the second half brighter and led by two with nine minutes remaining but Dublin fought back and as the game headed into stoppage time Frank Brownes outfit led by one.
But Dublin gave away a free in a scoreable position just before the final whistle which Offaly gladly accepted to snatch the draw.
Dublin started the game full of energy and Siobhan Kehoe scored the first point of the game after two minutes.
A nice point by Arlene Watkins in the 4th minute brought the sides level. But two quick-fire points seconds apart from Alex Griffin and Kerrie Finnegan who impressed throughout, put the Sky Blues two in front.
Converted frees from Offaly’s Aisling Brennan and Mairead Teehan leveled things up but Ali Maguire struck over a free of her own to extend the Dublin lead again.
With four minutes to go to the break Offaly took the lead with Mairead Teehan and Aisling Brennan both converting frees.
But a strong finish to the half yielded two points for the Sky Blues from Alex Griffin and Ali Maguire to leave the score at halftime, Dublin 0-06, Offaly 0-05.
Offaly started the second half brightly and inside the opening five minutes drew level with a fine point from Mairead Teehan.
A minute later though Dublin again took the lead with a point scored by Ali Maguire from a free.
But Offaly were seeing a lot more of the ball and with little ball sticking up front for Dublin they piled on the pressure.
And three unanswered points from Mairead Teehan, two from frees and one from open play gave the Faithful County a two point advantage with nine minutes left in the game.
In the 53rd minute another successful free attempt from Ali Maguire left the bare minimum between the teams and Dublin pushed up and put pressure on the ball. They penned Offaly into their own half and Kerrie Finnegan drew the sides level with the score of the day with a sumptuous point from the left hand side.
Some Offaly indiscipline In tackle looked like it had cost them the game as Ali Maguire struck over a free fromnin front of the posts with just a minute of normal time left.
But Dublin gave away a free in the dying seconds which Mairead Teehan no mistake with to earn a draw.
So Dublin secured their opening point of this year’s Littlewoods Ireland National Camogie Leagues but plenty of areas to be worked on before the visit of Limerick in two weeks time.
Dublin need to cut down on the number of frees they are conceding in the scoring zone, today Offaly yielded seven of their ten points from placed balls.
At the other end of the pitch Dublin need to find their scoring touch, they scored just five points from open play today and only two of the starting six forwards got on the scoresheet, with bigger challenges ahead that certainly need to create and take more scoring opportunities.
14. Ali Maguire 0-05 (5f)
9. Alex Griffin 0-02
12. Kerrie Finnegan 0-02
11. Siobhan Kehoe 0-01
13. Mairead Teehan 0-07 (5f)
9. Aisling Brennan 0-02 (2f)
12. Arlene Watkins 0-01
1. Faye Mc Carthy
2. Orla Gray
3. Eve O’Brien
4. Emma O’Byrne
5. Dee Johnstone
6. Aisling Carolan
7. Grainne Quinn
8. Roisin Baker
9. Alex Griffin
10. Ali Twomey
11. Siobhan Kehoe
12. Kerrie Finnegan
13. Emma Flanagan
14. Ali Maguire
15. Aisling Maher
22. Evelyn Twomey for 15. Aisling Maher (45th Min)
1. Ellie Clendennen
2. Ann Marie Guinan
3. Triona McDonald
4. Sarah Walshe
5. Grace Teehan
6. Michaela Morkan
7. Ciara Brennan
24. Orla Gorman
9. Aisling Brennan
11. Grainne Egan
12. Arlene Watkins
13. Mairead Teehan
14. Becky Bryant
15. Christine Cleary
23. Eadaoin Kilmartin for 10. Orlagh Kirwan (42nd Min)
26. Mary Teehan for 24. Orla Gorman (42nd Min)
17. Aoife Walsh for 11. Grainne Egan (60th Min)