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Ladies hit Goal Rush

By Paddy Sun 31st Mar

Ladies national league
Tyrone turned in a powerhouse goalscoring performance at Augher on Saturday to ease their relegation worries in division one of the Tesco Homegrown national league. A five goal haul proved crucial for the home side as they accounted for a weakened Donegal who were out of sorts throughout. The visitors trailed 3-2 to 0-4 at the break but they started well, Gearldine McLaughlin hitting 0-2 in a blistering opening two minute spell that also saw Roisin Friel rattle the crossbar. Tyrone got into their stride nine minutes in when Gemma Begley finished crisply to the net and after Cathy Donnelly hit a second goal Begley slotted home the first of two penaltys when Shannon Quinn was upended. All the visitors could muster was two points from the boot of Eilish Ward.
With the wind at their backs in the second half Donegal were quick off the mark, McLaughlin and Ward on target with points, but hopes of a sustained comeback were scuppered when Quinn, operating at full forward, beat goalkeeper Niamh Mailey from close range with Mary Cassidy latching on a point.  Guthrie kept the Donegal flag flying with two well taken long range points to leave eight points between them but as a contest this one was over, Begley scored a fifth goal from the penalty spot when substitute Lycrceca Quinn was brought down and the scoring was wrapped up when Friel and Conwell exchanged points in the closing stages.
A much needed win for Tyrone  ahead of the final round of the league against the Ulster champions Monaghan and then the Ulster championship. There were several fine performances, Shannon Quinn, Catriona McGahan, Cathy Donnelly, Laura McGillion and Gemma Begley in particular stood out.
TYRONE SCORERS Gemma Begley 3-2, Cathy Donnelly 1-0, Shannon Quinn 1-0 , Joline Donnelly 0-3, Mary Cassidy, Mairead Conwell 0-1 each
DONEGAL SCORERS Gearldine McLaughlin 0-4, Eilish Ward 0-3, Karen Guthrie 0-2,Risin Friel 0-1
TYRONE :Shannon Lynch, Catriona McGahan,  Laura McGillion, Patricia O’Neill, Maria Donnelly, Orla Mallon, Maura McMenamin, Gemma Begley, Mary Cassidy, Angie McShane, Cathy Donnelly, Aishling O’Kane, Joline Donnelly, Shannon Quinn, Nicola Donnelly,
Subs Nicola Rafferty for McGahan, Lycrcea Quinn For Nicola Donnelly, Christiane Hunter For McMenamin, Tori McLaughlin For O’Neill,  Mairead Conwell For J Donnelly
DONEGAL :Niamh Mailey, Orla Carr, Kate Herron , Grainne McCaffety, Roisin McCafferty, Ciara Hegarty, Deirdre Foley, Aishling Cunningham, Karen Guthrie, Roisin Friel, Niamh McLaughlin, Lorraine Molloy, Shannon McGrody, Eilsih Ward, Gearldine McLaughlin.
SUBS Rose Boyle For Cunningham, Caroline Kelly FOR Foley, Emer Gallagher FOR R McCafferty, Ptera McCafferty For Molloy, Niamh Friel For Guthrie.

By Paddy Sun 31st Mar

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