Blanket defence no issue for Jackies

by Gazette Reporter
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NO FEWER than six North county players started for the Dublin ladies footballers hammered Tyrone in the NFL Division 1 last Sunday in Parnell Park to enhance their chances of making the league semi-finals.

There was a pair of pairs from both Fingallians and St Sylvester’s as Fiona Hudson and Sinead Finnegan from the former started for the Dubs alongside Niamh McEvoy and Nicole Owens from the latter. Dublin skipper Lyndsey Davey was as instrumental as always while Carla Rowe from Clann Mhuire completed the North Dublin contingent.

The visiting Tyrone began the game playing against a strong wind, and mirrored the tactics their men’s team adopted against the Dubs a couple of weeks ago, opting for the blanket defence.

Gregory McGonigle’s Dublin side displayed the necessary work rate required to overcome such tactics, however, along with a creative flair that inspired the crowd.

Up top, Amy Connolly, Hannah Noonan, Rowe and Davey were at the core of most things happening for the Dubs.
Davey and Noonan scored the first half goals along with scores from a couple of Rowe frees and points from Sinead Goldrick, Noelle Healy, Connolly, McEvoy and Owens, which meant the hosts went in at half-time leading 2-11 to 0-3.

Tyrone looked more of a wet blanket than a defensive blanket in the second half after the wind had first pushed them back and then been knocked out of them by the skilful Dublin display.

The killer blow to the Red Hand County came in the 49th minute when Davey added another goal for the Dubs who went on to secure a 3-19 to 0-5 win in total.

Dublin will now travel to Cork on April 12 on the final day of the league in what is a repeat of last year’s NFL decider. The Dubs currently sit one place outside the semi-final spots in the league and will be hoping to book their place in the play-offs with a win in the Rebel County next week.

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