Galway v Down: 2022 Glen Dimplex All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship, Round 3
Venue: Kenny Park, Athenry
Date: 11 Jun 2022, 2pm
Referee: Gavin Donegan
FT: Galway 3-23 Down 0-06
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MATCH PHOTOS: Galway v Down
By Sarah Gaughran in Kenny Park
Galway had a very comfortable win over Down in a blustery Kenny Park in Athenry on Saturday in
the Glen Dimplex Senior Camogie Championship. Galway who were tenacious throughout the
contest simply had too much for the 2020 Intermediate champions Down throughout the game.
Their running off the ball proved very hard for Down to counteract and this running proved to be the
benchmark for many of Galway’s scores throughout the game. The win ensures Galway maintain
their unbeaten record in the 2022 championship and as a result they have booked their place in the
knockout stages of the championship.
Galway were playing with the aid of a very stiff breeze during the first half, managed to hold Down
scoreless throughout the opening half. Down found it difficult to get the ball passed our half back
line. Niamh Kilkenny got Galway’s opening score on the 4 th minute after a well worked score with
Rebecca Hennelly and Aoife Donohue all involved in the build-up. Ailish O’Reilly, Hennelly, Carrie
Dolan and Donohue, who came from deep with one of her trademark runs all added to Galway’s
tally to leave it Galway 0-5 Down 0-0 after 10 minutes. Hennelly stepped up on the 12 th minute and
pointed another one of her iconic sideline cuts, something that was not easy to do given the windy
conditions on the day. O’Reilly, Dolan, through a free, Sabina Rabbitte and Donohue all added points
to Galway’s tally. A long ball into the full forward line in the 17 th minute found Niamh Hanniffy and
Hanniffy made no mistake and stuck the ball into the back of the Down net. Donohue responded
with a point for Galway while Hennelly found the back of the net 20 seconds later to leave it Galway
2-12 Down 0-0 with 10 minutes remaining in the second half. Dolan slotted over another free on the
22 nd minute while O’Reilly took over the free taking duty from the 28 th minute until the end of the
half while Dolan was substituted for a blood substitute, and she pointed 3 frees while also slotting
over a point from play to leave it Galway 2-17 Down 0-0 at half time.
Niamh Mallon got Down’s first score of the contest when she pointed a free on the 32 nd minute.
Hennelly and Mallon then exchanged scores on the 33 rd and 34 th minutes. Dolan, through a free and
Rabbitte added points to Galway’s tally to leave it Galway 2-20 Down 0-02 with 20 minutes to go.
Mallon got her third point on the 41 st minute when she slotted over another free for Down. Down
captain Aimee McAleenan got their first score from play a minute later. Down goalkeeper Catherine
McGourty pulled off two good saves on Donohue and Siobhan McGrath to deny Galway two goal
opportunities. Donohue and Mallon exchanged scores while Kilkenny got Galway’s third major of the
game on the 52 nd minute. Mallon replied with a free for Down but O’Reilly, through a free, Catherine
Finnerty and Hennelly all added points for Galway to leave it Galway 3-23 Down 0-6.
Galway will be delighted to have 3 wins from 3 and a place in the knockout stages of the
championship secured. Cathal Murray will be delighted with the way he has utilised his squad to
date ensuring all the players that are eligible to play have all gotten some game time under their
belts. Galway had standout performers throughout the pitch with Shauna Healy and Maria Cooney
performing well in the back, Aoife Donohue and Niamh Kilkenny were very strong in midfield, while
upfront Rebecca Hennelly, Carrie Dolan and Ailish O’Reilly all performed well. For Down, Catherine
McGourty, Dearbhla Magee, Aimee McAleenan, Niamh Mallon and Paula O’Hagan all tried hard. Up
next is a trip away to the Glens of Antrim where the girls will face the 2021 All Ireland Intermediate
champions on the 25 th of June.
GALWAY: R Hennelly 1-5 (1SL: 0-2), A O’Reilly 0-7 (0-4F, 0-1 45m), N Kilkenny 1-1, A Donohue 0-4, C Dolan 0-3 (0-3F), N Hanniffy 1-0, S Rabbitte 0-2, C Finnerty 0-1
DOWN: Niamh Mallon 0-5 (0-4F), Aimee McAleenan 0-1
Galway: 1. Sarah Healy, 2. Shauna Healy, 3. Sarah Dervan, 4. Heather Cooney, 5. Rachel Hanniffy, 6. Maria Cooney, 7. Roisin Black, 8. Aoife Donohue, 9. Niamh Kilkenny, 10. Rebecca Hennelly, 11. Sarah Spellman, 12. Niamh Hanniffy, 13. Carrie Dolan, 14. Sabina Rabitte, 25. Ailish O’Reilly. Subs: Siobhan Gardiner for Cooney (HT ), Catherine Finnerty for N. Hanniffy (39m ), Siobhan McGrath for S Rabbitte (41m ), Dervla Higgins for C Dolan (54m).
Down: Catherine McGourty, Alannah Savage, Beth Fitzpatrick, Dearbhla Coleman, Olivia Boyle, Dearbhla Magee, Blanaid Savage, Clara Cowan, Aimee McAleenan (C ) Lauren Clarke, Deirbhile Savage, Cassie Fitzpatrick, Niamh Mallon, Anna Rogan, Paula O’Hagan. Subs: Caitríona Caldwell for Boyle (HT ), Erin Rafferty for A Savage (45m ), Isabella O’Hare for L Clarke (47m ), Clare McGilligan for B. Savage (47m ), Alannah Savage for D Coleman (51m ).
Galway scorers: R Hennelly 1-5 (0-2 sideline), A O’Reilly 0-7 (0-4 Fs, 0-1 45m), A Donohue 0-4, N Kilkenny 1-1, N Hanniffy 1-0, C Dolan 0-3 (0-3 Fs), S Rabbitte 0-2, C Finnerty 0-1.
- Galway 3-23 Down 0-6 (All-Ireland Senior Championship Report, Reaction & Commentary) – GalwayBay FM
- Camogie wrap: Treaty edge out Offaly, Galway crush Down – RTE Sport
- Camogie round-up: Limerick keep hopes alive with win over Offaly – Sky Sport
- Galway romp past Down in the senior camogie championship – Midwest Radio
- Unbeaten Galway advance to camogie’s knock-out stages – Galway Advertiser
- Champs Galway on the up after a big win over Down – Connacht Tribune
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2022 All-Ireland Senior Championship – Results to date:
Galway’s results in the 2022 Glen Dimplex All-Ireland Senior Camogie championship, to date:
Played: 2, Won: 2
- Round 1: Galway 4-11 Limerick 1-07
- Round 2: Galway 2-12 Offaly 1-06
Down’s results in the 2022 Glen Dimplex All-Ireland Senior Camogie championship, to date:
Played: 2, Drew: 1, Lost: 1
- Round 1: Kilkenny 1-23 Down 1-10
- Round 2: Down 1-12 Antrim 1-12