Twomey’s dozen for Dubs

by Staff Reporter

TWELVE points from the stick of Lucan Sarsfields’ Ali Twomey paved the way for a comfortable win for Dublin in their annual tie against the Dubstars, winning out 3-17 to 3-5.
Dublin, with 12 of the 2015 panel in their starting 15, had too much strength for the Dubstars who remained in contention for the first 30 minutes thanks to three goals from long range – one each from frees by Hannah Hegarty and from Orla Beagan.
Hannah Hegarty’s goal put the Dubstars in front early on but they got little change otherwise from the Dublin defence with Mairi Moynihan anchoring the side at number six.
Dublin’s forwards were also the more lively and, by the quarter hour mark, Twomey (0-3), Laoise Quinn and Orlaith Durkan had made the score 0-6 to 1-0. Two fortuitous goals in as many minutes from Beagan put the Dub Stars back in the lead spot for the second and final time in the 18th and 20th minutes.
The signs were ominous when a slick pass by Louise O’Hara set up Ali Twomey for a nice point in the 28th minute. A fine save by Kate Whyte denied the Dub Stars a goal chance in the 29th minute before Zenouska Murphy fired over their best score of the game.
But Dublin pulled away in the second half as Orlaith Durkan fired home a goal while Twomey was clearly on her game and her industry and striking were superb.
She picked up where she left off with a free after 50 seconds followed by a 45. Aoife Bugler bagged a goal in the 38th minute to be followed by three points from Twomey in the pace of five minutes.
Siobhan Kehoe got in on the scoring act and the Dublin team didn’t let up and Louise O’Hara, Bugler (second goal), some superb goalkeeping by Sile nic Coitir and fittingly Ali Twomey closed the game with the last of her dozen white flags.

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