Tracey And Roisin Leonard Recorded A Combined Tally Of 3-03
By Daire Walsh
Galway boosted their Lidl National Football League Division 1 prospects with a convincing win against Dublin at the DCU Sportsgrounds.
With the Leonard cousins – Roisin and Tracey – recording a combined tally of 3-3, Tim Rabbitt’s charges were worthy victors in this round four clash.
Carla Rowe once again led the way for Dublin with a 1-4 tally as Mick Bohan’s side succumbed to a second defeat on the bounce.
This game was a repeat of last year’s TG4 All-Ireland Senior decider when Dublin secured their third national title in succession courtesy of a 2-3 to 0-4 victory.
Following early traded frees between Galway’s Roisin Leonard and Rowe, Ailbhe Davoren’s powerful tenth-minute strike found the roof of the Dublin net.
Despite suffering this early set-back, the hosts responded immediately with a three-pointer of their own from the impressive Siobhan Woods.
The Tribeswomen continued to pose a threat in attack, however, and bagged their second goal of the contest on the first-quarter mark.
The industrious Davoren released Tracey Leonard in space and the Corofin ace angled a low shot beyond the reach of Dublin goalkeeper Ciara Trant.
The 2019 All-Star has started the season in spectacular style and subsequently added a point to stretch the visitors further in front.
While another Rowe effort offered the Metropolitans some respite, Roisin Leonard matched her relative’s opening haul of 1-1 by firing into the bottom left-hand corner in the 23rd minute.
This provided Galway with a convincing 3-2 to 1-2 interval cushion, which was extended on the resumption thanks to Andrea Trill’s quickfire two-point salvo.
And they effectively placed the outcome beyond doubt when Roisin Leonard fired home at the tightest of angles for her second goal on 41 minutes.
A free from Tracy Leonard bolstered her side’s stranglehold on the proceedings, before Rowe fired back with a much-needed point for Dublin at the opposite end.
Dunne also cancelled out Trill’s third score for Galway in advance of a strong finish from the 2018 league champions.
After converting her fourth free of the day, Rowe coolly slotted a 59th minute penalty past Dearbhla Gower.
Jennifer Dunne also flicked over a late point, but Galway had already done enough to secure a third successive triumph by that stage.
Carla Rowe 1-04 (1-00 pen, 4f)
Siobhan Woods 1-00
Jennifer Dunne 0-02
Roisin Leonard 2-01 (1f)
Tracey Leonard 1-02 (1f)
Ailbhe Davoren 1-00
Andrea Trill 0-03
1. Ciara Trant
2. Eabha Rutledge
3. Muireann Ni Scanaill
4. Martha Byrne
5. Leah Caffrey
6. Niamh Collins
7. Orlagh Nolan
8. Jennifer Dunne
18. Laura McGinley
10. Niamh Sweeney
11. Carla Rowe
12. Laura Kane
13. Hannah O’Neill
14. Siobhan Woods
15. Caoimhe O’Connor
20. Rebecca McDonnell for 12. Laura Kane (24)
22. Lyndsey Davey for 10. Niamh Sweeney (HT)
9. Niamh Hetherton for 15. Caoimhe O’Connor (HT)
15. Caoimhe O’Connor for 7. Orlagh Nolan (39)
17. Ciara McGuigan for 13. Hannah O’Neill (47)
24. Jodi Egan for 20. Rebecca McDonnell (57)
26. Cassie Sultan for 15. Caoimhe O’Connor (57)
25. Grace Kos for 2. Eabha Rutledge (57)
16. Dearbhla Gower
17. Chloe Crowe
3. Sarah Lynch
4. Shauna Molloy
5. Charlotte Cooney
6. Fabienne Cooney
7. Leanne Coen
8. Olivia Divilly
9. Ailbhe Davoren
10. Andrea Trill
11. Tracey Leonard
12. Lyndsey Noone
13. Lucy Hannon
20. Siobhan Divilly
15. Roisin Leonard
14. Sarah Conneally for 15. Roisin Leonard (47)
24. Ailish Morrissey for 13. Lucy Hannon (48)
26. Aoife Molloy for 10. Andrea Trill (52)
27. Riona No Flahartha for 20. Siobhan Divilly (62)
Referee: Maggie Farrelly (Cavan).