Galway v Dublin: Tesco Minor A All-Ireland Championship
Date: 27th Feb 2022, 2pm
Referee: Ray Kelly (Kildare)
FINAL SCORE: Galway 1-17 Dublin 1-5
By: Sarah Gaughran
The Galway Minor Camogie team are through to the knockout stages of the Tesco Ireland Minor A Camogie Championship after a comfortable victory over Dublin in Abbotstown on Sunday. This was a must win game for the girls and they showed their determination throughout as they never really let Dublin get into the game and they led the whole way through the contest. Fox’s charges, who only overcame Dublin by a single point in the 2021 championship will be happy to get their first win in the championship after a narrow loss to Cork in the opening game.
Galway started the brightest scoring 4 points in the opening 12 minutes through 4 different scorers. Catherine Hanley opened the scoring on the 6th minute with a point from a free before Olwen Rabbitte, Niamh McInerney and captain Ciara Hickey all contributed scores from play in the 10th, 11th and 12th minute respectively. It took Dublin, who won the toss and opted to play with the wind, 16 minutes before they registered their first score through a free from Leonie Power. Hanley and Sinead Daly swapped scores through frees on the 19th and 23rd minutes to leave it Galway 0-5 Dublin 0-3 heading up to the 24th minute of the contest. Dublin’s Sadie Codd received a yellow card on the 26th minute as she tried to fend off the explosive run of Hanley through the Dublin defence while Hanley pointed the resulting free for Galway. Daly and Hanley exchanged frees on the 28th and 29th minutes before Orla Mullins concluded the scoring for the first half with a point from play to leave Galway 5 points ahead heading into the half time break.
Galway started the second half the same way they finished the first half. Hanley slotted over a 45m free while McInerney added another point to her tally for the day. But on the 3rd minute, Dublin kept their chances alive when Aisling Nyham flicked the ball of Laura Freeney’s hurl and into the back of the net to leave 4 between the teams. Aoibheann Barry responded with a point for Galway on the 35th minute while Molly Mulryan picked up a yellow card for a frontal challenge on Clara Finn from Dublin on the 38th minute. McInerney, who was on target a lot for Galway throughout the contest, added two more points on the 39th and 42nd minute to leave Galway in the driving seat heading into the halfway point of the half.
Daly registered Dublin’s first score in 12 minutes on the 45th minute when she slotted over a free. Galway really sealed their win in the next 10 minutes with points from Aisling Dillion got a point on the 49th minute while on the 52nd minute, Tara Maher took on the Dublin defence and laid of a beautiful pass to Barry who blasted the ball to the back of the net. Hanley and Barry also slotted over points in a disastrous minute for Dublin. Daly pointed her 4th free of the day with Hanley responding with a free for Galway on the 56th minute. Galway ran out comfortable victors on a score line of Galway 1-17 Dublin 1-5.
Galway will be delighted to get this win under their belt. The backs and midfield worked hard while up front, the Galway forwards worked hard to keep the ball down their end of the field. Galway worked well as a team and their passing was very accurate. Dublin will look back, wishing they capitalised on their numerous goal chances and missed frees. For Galway, Ally Hesnan, Keisha Coleman, Ciara Hickey, Aisling Dillion, Niamh McInerney, Molly Mulryan, Catherine Hanley and Aoibheann Barry all preformed well while for Dublin Anna Curraoin, Leonie Power, Clara Finn, Ashling Nyham and Sinead Daly worked very hard. The Galway girls have two weeks to re-group as the wait until the quarter final.
Galway scorers: Catherine Hanley 0-5 (4f, 1 ’45), Aoibheann Barry 1-2, Niamh McInerney 0-4, Ciara Hickey 0-3 (1f), Olwen Rabbitte 0-1, Orla Mullins 0-1, Aisling Dillon 0-1.
Dublin Scorers: Sinead Daly 0-4 (4f), Ashling Nyham 1-0, Leonie Power 0-1 (1f).
Galway Team: Laura Freeney, Hayley Kenny, Jacqueline Glynn, Ava Crowe, Grace Leen, Ally Hesnan, Keisha Coleman, Ciara Hickey, Aisling Dillon, Niamh McInerney, Olwen Rabbitte, Molly Mulryan, Catherine Hanley, Orla Mullins, Aoibheann Barry Galway Substitutions: Megan Gannon for Olwen Rabbitte (26), Alannah Fahy for Orla Mullins (42), Tara Maher for Grace Leen (51), Aoibhe Carr for Keisha Coleman (56), Helena Tarpey for Aoibheann Barry (61)
Dublin Team: Cliona Hewson, Jennifer Moore, Sadie Codd, Cliodhna Ni Bhuachalla, Mia Browne, Anna Curraoin, Abby Ryan, Hannah Gibbs, Leonie Power, Clara Finn, Ashling Nyham, Zara Thorne, Sinead Daly, Tara Brady, Ella McNair.
Dublin Substitutions: Ruth Fitzsimons for Anna Curraoin (47), Ashling Behan for Tara Brady (47), Cara Ware for Mia Browne (52), Ellen Quigley for Ashling Nyham (56), Emily Fogarty for Leonie Power (61)
Manager: Aaron Fox
MINOR PANEL: 2022 Galway minor camogie panel