Caoimhe O’Connor, Carla Rowe, Siobhan Killeen, Jennifer Dunne and Niamh Hetherton find the net as Dublin secure quarter-final spot￼
By Aisling Clery
Caoimhe O’Connor found the net twice as Dublin booked their place in the TG4 All Ireland Senior Championship quarter-finals with victory over Waterford at Baltinglass.
The other goals came courtesy of Jennifer Dunne, Carla Rowe, Siobhan Killeen and Niamh Hetherton in a game where Dublin had ten different scorers.
Waterford were first off the mark, Eimear Fennell scored in the opening minute, before Hannah Tyrrell levelled matters.
Dublin stretched their lead when O’Connor grabbed the game’s opening goal. A terrific run from Rowe set up the pass to O’Connor and the Clontarf star finished to the net.
But Katie Murray and Eimear Fennell combined as Waterford hit 1-1 inside two minutes, Fennell finishing both with aplomb.
The sides were level at the water break after Orlagh Nolan finished off a team move to leave the scores at 1-2 to 1-2.
In the second quarter Jennifer Dunne bagged Dublin’s second goal after a terrific run from the centre of the field, and on the resumption Niamh McEvoy finished from close range after good work from O’Connor and Rowe.
Maria Delahunty scored two frees either side of a Sinead Aherne free to leave three points between the sides as half time approached, but Lauren Magee made it 2-5 to 1-4 at the interval.
When play resumed, Dublin got off to a dream start as substitute Siobhan Killeen finished to the net.
After Caoimhe O’Connor twice came close, Dublin upped the gears and hit 1-6 without reply to kill off the game. Nolan, Hetherton, Tyrrell and Rowe were all on target. It was Rowe who grabbed her side’s fourth goal just before the water break.
Maria Delahunty did convert all four of Waterford’s remaining scores, three of them off the ground but it was Dublin who finished the stronger with Hetherton and the industrious O’Connor hitting the net to ensure Dublin a spot in the knockout stages.
Caoimhe O’Connor 2-00
Carla Rowe 1-01
Siobhan Killeen 1-01
Niamh Hetherton 1-01
Hannah Tyrell 0-03 (1f)
Jennifer Dunne 1-00
Orlagh Nolan 0-02
Sinead Aherne 0-02 (2f)
Niamh McEvoy 0-01
Lauren Magee 0-01
Maria Delahunty 0-07 (6f)
Eimear Fennell 1-02
Katie Murray 0-01
1. Ciara Trant
2. Niamh Collins
3. Olwen Carey
4. Martha Byrne
5. Orlagh Nolan
6. Siobhan McGrath
7. Leah Caffrey
8. Jennifer Dunne
9. Lauren Magee
10. Hannah Tyrell
11. Lyndsey Davey
12. Carla Rowe
13. Caoimhe O’Connor
14. Niamh McEvoy
15. Sinead Aherne
24. Niamh Hetherton for McEvoy (HT)
22. Siobhan Killeen for Davey (HT)
21. Sarah Fagan for McGrath (45)
17. Hannah Leahy for Byrne (45)
23. Kate Sullivan for Rowe (45)
1. Rosie Landers
2. Megan Dunford
3. Laura Mulcahy
4. Rebecca Casey
5. Mairéad Wall
6. Karen McGrath
7. Aisling Mullaney
8. Chloe Fennell
9. Emma Murray
10. Róisín Tobin
11. Maria Delahunty
12. Bríd McMaugh
13. Eimear Fennell
14. Katie Murray
15. Aileen Wall
17. Kate McGrath for McMaugh (HT)
18. Aoife Murray for Mullaney (36)
22. Shauna Dunphy for Wall (48)
19. Laura Cusack for C. Fennell (52)
20. Caragh McCarthy for E. Fennell (53)
Referee: Jonathan Murphy (Carlow).