2021 National League Division 2 – Galway v Tipperary

Saturday 22nd May 2021.  
Galway v Tipperary: Littlewoods Ireland Camogie Leagues: Division 2, Round 2.  
Kenny Park, Athenry. 
Galway 2-14 Tipperary 2-7


By Sarah Gaughran Galway PRO.
Galway got their first win under their belt in the Littlewoods Ireland Division 2 National Camogie League on Saturday in Kenny Park. It was a very good team performance and a much-improved performance from last week’s loss against Kerry but there are injury concerns for the Galway captain Ciara Donohue who had to go off during with a hand injury in the first half.

Murray’s charges started the brightest with points within the first minute from Áine Keane and Cora Kenny. Galway had a goal chance in the 9th minute. A fantastic team effort with Caoimhe Mahon, Molly Burke, Tegan Canning, Lisa Casserly and Niamh Niland all involved but Sarah Quigley, the Tipperary goalie, pulled off a fantastic save. Jenny Grace got Tipperary’s first score in the 13th minute through a free and she added another point from play on the 18th minute to leave the teams on level terms. Galway lost Ciara Donohue on the 18th minute to a hand injury. Niland and Elisiha Broderick worked hard to hold up Tipperary’s Ciara Ryan and they won a free which Keane converted. Keane added another free a minute later to leave Galway two ahead, but Jill Anne Quirke added a point for Tipperary on the 25th minute to reduce their deficit to one. Keane set up Niland on the 28th and Niland added to Galway’s tally. Grace won a free on the sideline 45m out and she sent a fantastic high ball into the Galway square and into the back of the Galway net to put Tipperary in front for the first time in the game. Galway didn’t drop their heads and Broadrick added another point for Galway on the 31 st minute to leave the sides level at half time.

It seems Galway learnt lessons from last weekend’s game. They came out all guns blazing at the start of the second half scoring 2-3 without reply in the first 3 minutes of the half. Goals from Kenny and Mairead Dillion and points from Niland (2) and Dillion (1) saw Galway 2-9 to 1-3 ahead in the first 3 minutes of the half. Sinead Meagher stopped the Galway scoring spree in the 4th minute when she added a free for Tipperary before Niland added another point for Galway on the 7th minute. Dillon added to Galway’s tally on the 11th minute before Grace blasted the ball into the Galway net from a 21-yard free just before the water break. Dillion and Molly Mannion added points for Galway on the resumption. Grace added three more frees for Tipperary in the final 8 minutes and Tara Ruttledge added a point for Galway to leave it Galway 2-14 Tipperary 2-7.

Galway had some fantastic performances throughout the field. Laura Ward, Caoimhe Mahon and Lisa Casserly performed very well in defence while up front, Niland, Dillion and Keane were accurate for the tribeswomen. For Tipperary, Sarah Quigley pulled off a few fantastic saves in goals, Ciara Ryan and Courtney Ryan played well in defence, while up front Jenny Grace and Jill Anne Quirke performed well. This win means Galway must win their home game against Cork next week to ensure qualification for the knockout stages of the league.

Galway Scorers:
Mairead Dillion 1-3, Niamh Niland 0-4, Cora Kenny 1-1, Áine Keane 0-3 (0-2F), Molly Mannion 0-1, Elisha Broadrick 0-1, Tara Ruttledge 0-1

Galway Team:
1 Laura Glynn (Sarsfields), 2 Sarah McCartin (Craughwell), 3 Laura Ward (Sarsfields), 4 Ciara Donohue (C) (Mullagh), 5 Lisa Casserly (Ballinderreen), 6 Caoimhe Mahon (Kinvara), 7 Rachael Hanniffy (Oranmore-Maree), 8 Mairead Burke (Eyrecourt), 9 Tegan Canning (Mullagh), 10 Molly Mannion (Mountbellew-Moylough), 11 Ava Lynskey (Ardrahan), 12 Aine Keane (St Thomas’), 13 Cora Kenny (Sarsfields), 14 Mairead Dillon (Kilconiern), 15 Niamh Niland (Clarinbridge)
Subs: Elisha Broderick for Donohue; Niamh Horan for Mahon; Chloe Reilly for Kenny; Katie Mannion for Lynskey; Katie Manning for McCartain; Niamh Heffernan for Niland; Tara Ruttledge for Mannion.

Tipperary Scorers:
Jenny Grace 2-5 (2-5F), Jill Anne Quirke 0-1, Sinead Meagher 0-1, Tipperary Team:

Tipperary Team:
1 Sarah Quigley (Nenagh Eire Óg), 2 Laura Heffernan (Éire Óg Annacarthy), 3. Christina Brennan (Drom & Inch), 4. Ciara Ryan (Silvermines) 5. Margaret Quigley, (Toomevara) 6. Courtney Ryan (Clonoulty-Rossmore) 7. Emma Carey (Thurles Sarsfields) 8. Mary Burke (Drom & Inch), 9. Caroline Browne (Nenagh Eire Óg), 10. Roseanna O’Donnell (Éire Óg Annacarthy), 11. Jenny Grace (C) (Burgess-Duharra), 12. Emily Morrissey (Burgess-Duharra), 13. Jill Anne Quirke (Toomevara), 14. Sinead Meagher (Kiladangan) 15. Claire Hogan (St Cillan’s)
Subs: Leah Heffernan for O’Donnell; Gemma Fox for Morrissey; Sabrina Larkin for Browne; Ciara Cummins for Sinead Meagher; Nicola Loughnane for Jill Anne Quirke.