Win Over Monaghan Secured League Semi Final Spot For Dublin Ladies Footballers
By Cóilín Duffy
In St. Tiernachs Park, Clones
Dublin Ladies Footballers got back to winning ways in Division 1 of the LIDL National League with a 5-14 to 0-11 victory over Monaghan in Clones this afternoon.
In cold, and sometimes wet conditions Mick Bohan’s side were well matched by the hosts early on, but a ninth minute Lyndsey Davey goal put Dublin into the driving seat and from their until the finish they led this match.
Niamh McEvoy opened the scoring inside the first minute, before a quick response from Ciara McAnespie.
Indeed the teams traded points again, with Cora Courtney handing Monaghan the lead, before a Noelle Healy response.
Both sides were showing well defensively, and it was an Ellen McCarron free which saw Monaghan regain the lead.
Dublin put Monaghan under tremendous pressure for the remainder of the half, and although the Ulster side coped well, they found it hard at times to cope with the onslaught.
Davey cut in for a well taken goal, and although McCarron responded with a point, it was suddenly all about Dublin.
The Metropolitans fired 1-07 unanswered before the break, to take a 2-09 to 0-04 interval lead.
Healy, Nicole Owens, Sinead Aherne and Hannah O’Neill all added points, before Niamh McEvoy netted her sides second goal in the 27th minute.
11 points in arrears at the break, it was certainly tough for the Farney County to make a comeback.
Monaghan were keen to make a positive start to the second half, and got off the blocks inside two minutes of the restart, with a Cora Courtney point, followed up a minute later with her sister Rosemary on target.
But Dublin again got motoring – firstly captain Aherne claiming a point, and then a quick goal brace.
Firsly Owens on target, after good work also by Hannah O’Neill and then 30 seconds later Aherne finding the net to open up a 4-10 to 0-6 lead.
This was stretched to 17 points soon after following yet another Aherne score, before Monaghan hit back with two from McAnespie.
Healy and Barbara Ward swapped points, before second half substitute Rebecca McDonnell claimed Dublin’s fifth goal, to ensure a 5-12 to 0-10 lead with nine minutes remaining.
Monaghan were reduced to 14 players at this stage following a sin-binning for Muireann Atkinson, and this made an already tough game hard for them as Dublin finished strongly.
Next weekend Dublin will welcome Kerry to the capital for their round 3 fixture which was postponed back on March 3rd due to the snow, details regarding venue / time to be announced shortly.
Sinead Aherne 1-04(1f)
Nicole Owens 1-03
Niamh McEvoy 1-02
Lyndsey Davey 1-01
Noelle Healy 0-03
Rebecca McDonnell 1-00
Hannah O’Neill 0-01
Ciara McAnespie 0-03
Cora Courtney 0-02(1f)
Ellen McCarron 0-02
Rosemary Courtney 0-01
Shauna Coyle 0-01
Barbara Ward 0-01