Galway’s three second half goals was the icing on a polished display
A battling display from Dublin wasn’t enough to stem Galway’s scoring power in today’s Glen Dimplex All Ireland Intermediate championship fourth round game in Santry.
The young Dublin side got right into the battle from the off and fought right to the final whistle, but ultimately Galway’s constant pressure and accuracy from both open play and placed balls told in the end.
The opening exchanges were robust and proper championship hurling with both side refusing to take a step backward and the decision of the referee to let the teams compete added to the spectacle.
Galway opened the scoring in the opening minute with a free from Laura Kelly and that lead was doubled eight minutes later with a point from Laura Loughnane.
Two quick fire points from Abbie Ryan and Grainne Skelton brought the sides level with ten minutes gone on the clock. A driving run and shot from Siobhan Kehoe was deflected out for a 45’ which Ciara Holland dispatched to give Dublin the lead for the first time.
Galway though hit the next five points, Laura Kelly converted a 45’ and followed that up with a point from play and Tegan Canning, Katie Gilchrist and Ally Hesnan hit a point apiece as Galway started to find their range with unerring frequency.
A fine point from Ciara Holland pulled one back for Dublin, but Galway reeled off four more points before the break, Laura Kelly with three converted placed balls and a point from Cora Kenny to give the girls from the West a 0-10 to 0-03 half-time lead.
Dublin needed a quick start to tue second half if they were to get anything from the game but Galway put the game beyond the Dubs inside the opening nine minutes of the second period.
Points from Laura Loughnane, Jennifer Hughes (2), a Laura Kelly free and a well taken goal from Cora Kenny stretched the Galway lead to fourteen points.
The one way scoring was momentarily halted with a converted Ciara Holland free, but a second goal for Galway scored by Niamh McPeake and points from Laura Keply from a free and Niamh Mclnerney put the Tribeswomen out of sight.
Galway’s Katie Gilchrist added two more points from placed balls, Niamh McPeake added 1-02 to her tally and Niamh Mclnerney scored two more points before the end, with a single Dublin reply coming from a Ciara Holland free.
14. Ciara Holland 0-04 (3f)
12. Abbie Ryan 0-01
8. Laura Kelly 0-08 (7f)
14. Niamh McPeake 2-02
13. Cora Kenny 1-01
11. Katie Gilchrist 0-03 (2f)
10. Niamh McInerney 0-03
15. Laura Loughnane 0-02
9. Jennifer Hughes 0-02
12. Tegan Canning 0-01
7. Ally Hesnan 0-01
1. Dara Cooke
2. Jennifer Moore
3. Lauren Robinson
4. Rachel Seery
24. Leonie Power
20. Ciara Clohessy
21. Lucy Quinn
8. Aoife Deegan
9. Sarah Fenlon
10. Siobhan Kehoe
11. Ellen Dunphy
12. Abbie Ryan
13. Grainne Skelton
14. Ciara Holland
15. Niamh McCormack
6. Eirinn Kennedy for 21. Lucy Quinn (37)
18. Jade Sullivan for 15. Niamh McCormack (38)
17. Sinead Daly for 13. Grainne Skelton (40)
22. Meadbh Hicks for 8. Aoife Deegan (42)
7. Molly O’Neill for 20. Ciara Clohessy (54)
1. Fiona Ryan
2. Caoimhe Starr
3. Ciara Donohue
4. Ciara Hickey
5. Katie Manning
6. Lisa Casserly
7. Ally Hesnan
8. Laura Kelly
9. Jennifer Hughes
10. Niamh McInerney
11. Katie Gilchrist
12. Tegan Canning
13. Cora Kenny
14. Niamh McPeake
15. Laura Loughnane
19. Tara Lawrence for 7. Ally Hesnan (28)
22. Olwen Rabbitte for 12. Tegan Canning (37)
21. Siobhan Divilly for 15. Laura Loughnane (42)
25. Catherine Hanley for 8. Laura Kelly (48)
24. Elaine Dolphin for 13. Cora Kenny (49)