Woods, Healy, Rowe And Aherne All Hit Majors In The All Ireland Champions Victory Over Waterford
By Tomás McCarthy
At Fraher Field
All Ireland champions Dublin stormed back from seven points down to deny Waterford on an afternoon of sunshine and showers in Dungarvan as Mick Bohan’s side picked up an important three points in their Lidl NFL Division 1 campaign.
Siobhan Woods, Noelle Healy, Carla Rowe and Sinead Aherne all raised green flags for the Sky Blues, who moved four points clear of the relegation spot after their victory.
Five Kellyann Hogan frees and three Roisin Tobin points left the hosts 0-12 to 2-2 ahead after 40 minutes before Bohan’s side struck 2-3 without reply.
Two goals in as many minutes by Rowe and Aherne along with a yellow card for Déise full back Roisin Dunphy turned the game in their favour.
Dublin won the toss and chose to play against the breeze in the first half. Two Tobin points from play and three Hogan frees gave the home side a five-point advantage after ten minutes.
Waterford were all over the All-Ireland champions. Dublin goalkeeper Ciara Trant saved a close range Hogan effort and Eabha Rutledge made two goal-line blocks from Katie Murray and Tobin. Chloe Fennell kicked Waterford’s sixth point in the 13th minute.
The team in white and blue put huge pressure on Trant’s kickouts during that early purple patch. Hogan and Liz Devine were also off target.
Full forward Siobhan Woods got Dublin off the mark on 16 minutes off the outside of her right. Rowe then converted a free.
Waterford hit back with the next three points (two Hogan frees and Katie Murray from play) as they moved seven up.
As the rain started to lash down, Woods found the Waterford net with the aid of the post in the 27th minute to trim the lead to 0-9 to 1-2.
Dublin defender Orlagh Nolan was then sent to the sin bin and Tobin replied with her third from play.
In the third minute of injury time Healy hit the top corner of the net after Lyndsey Davey did the tough work as Waterford went in 0-10 to 2-2 in front.
The leaders missed four chances within six minutes of the restart. Dual star Caoimhe McGrath eventually made that Déise dominance count with a point, and Katie Murray then kicked her second from play.
Aherne was introduced on 42 minutes for the Dubs. Roisin Dunphy conceded a penalty and received a yellow card for a foot block and Rowe rattled the bottom corner from the spot.
Sarah McCaffrey then won a turnover off a Waterford kickout and set up Aherne for a simple finish to give Dublin a 4-3 to 0-12 lead. Rowe (free) and Eabha Rutledge added points.
Caoimhe McGrath got a consolation score in injury time as Waterford face a big game away to Westmeath in their battle to avoid the drop.
11. Carla Rowe 1-03 (1-00 pen 3f)
14. Siobhan Woods 1-01
12. Noelle Healy 1-00
25. Sinead Aherne 1-00
7. Eabha Rutledge 0-01
15. Kellyann Hogan 0-05 (5f)
10. Róisín Tobin 0-03
13. Katie Murray 0-02
7. Caoimhe McGrath 0-02
9. Chloe Fennell 0-01
1. Ciara Trant
2. Martha Byrne
3. Niamh Collins
4. Laura McGinley
5. Orlagh Nolan
6. Leah Caffrey
7. Eabha Rutledge
8. Jennifer Dunne
9. Muireann Ni Scanaill
19. Lucy Collins
11. Carla Rowe
12. Noelle Healy
13. Lyndsey Davey
14. Siobhan Woods
15. Niamh Hetherton
22. Sarah McCaffrey for 19. Lucy Collins (24)
18. Aoife Kane for 4. Laura McGinley (36)
25. Sinead Aherne for 12. Noelle Healy (41)
24. Siobhan Killeen for 15. Niamh Hetherton (45)
19. Lucy Collins for 8. Jennifer Dunne (49)
20. Niamh Sweeney for 9. Muireann Ni Scanaill (52)
17. Ciara McGuigan for 14. Siobhan Woods (54)
23. Rebecca McDonnell for 11. Carla Rowe (56)
16. Rosie Landers
2. Megan Dunford
3. Roisin Dunphy
4. Rebecca Casey
5. Mairéad Wall
6. Karen McGrath
7. Caoimhe McGrath
8. Emma Murray
9. Chloe Fennell
10. Róisín Tobin
11. Maggie Boylan
12. Aileen Wall
13. Katie Murray
14. Liz Devine
15. Kellyann Hogan
19. Mary Kate Curran for 11. Maggie Boylan (48)
17. Caragh McCarthy for 14. Liz Devine (53)
26. Dearbhaile Ní hAodha for 15. Kellyann Hogan (56)
20. Aisling Baumann for 12. Aileen Wall (59)
21. Kate Cliffe for 19. Mary Kate Curran (62)
Referee: B Redmond (Wexford).