Wednesday 13 December 2017

dublin's feet are too fast for Red Hands

Jackies on the front foot as they stay in League semi contention

AFTER the final whistle, Noel McCaffrey walked across the Parnell Park pitch with his bike.

There are nine million bicycles in Beijing, but from a long way out in Donnycarney last Sunday, Dublin looked likely to get the yellow jersey.

More points in the kitty in Division 1 of the Tesco Home Grown National Football League.

From early on, Dublin were out of the saddle to pounce on any short Tyrone kick-outs.

They were in like Flynn - Paul Flynn, who sat in the stand.

The four-in-a-row All-Star was in good company. Also looking on were Jonny Cooper, Dean Rock and Jack McCaffrey.

There was a heavy shower just before the throw-in. It led to a scamper to the back of the theatre.

Tyrone have endured a difficult League. The Blues were the warm, very warm, pre-match favourites.

But the Red Hand had the All-Star feet of Gemma Begley, their most decorated performer.

She was an inspirational figure as Tyrone reached the 2010 All-Ireland final, losing to the Dubs.

The Jackies won well on that occasion, and it was the same here, 3-19 to 0-5.

They gradually took command of the hour, and by the interval it was 2-11 to 0-3.

At half-time, there were two mini-games. In action were Naomh Barrog, Man O War, Scoil Uí Chonaill and Parnell's.

The Dublin manager, Gregory McGonigle, took a few minutes to admire the action.

He'll hope the kids can go on and emulate the brilliant young Dublin defender, Olwen Carey.

She had a super game. She was always on the toes.

She read the play with the same easy assurance as if she was at home looking at the Tallaght Echo.

Dublin's rear-guard has known harder days. Goalkeeper, Ciara Trant, kept the gloves clean.

Yet it was Tyrone who opened the scoring, a neat point from Zoe Loughern in the second minute.

Micheala McGuigan struck their second score from play and Joline Donnelly added a free. But it was tough work trying to curb the Dubs, who were full of running and invention.

Carla Rowe's energy took her into every room in the house, and the hosts could have won by more in the end, shaking the wood on a couple of occasions and compiling 13 wides, 11 more than the visitors.

Dublin availed of confusion to score their opening goal on six minutes - Lyndsey Davey completing the job from close range at the score-board end.


The second goal came three minutes from the break. Sarah McCaffrey's pass let in Hannah Noonan, who also found the sack from close distance.

Hannah had a fine outing. She brought plenty of drive to the attack.

In all, no fewer than ten Dublin players got on the score-sheet, including the right half-back, Sinead Goldrick.

The third goal came on 50 minutes. It was the skipper's second.

Lyndsey again showed the sharpness of a beak to be in the right place at the right time.

The Skerries Star always knows when the tide comes in.

She finished the afternoon with 2-2. Carla Rowe supplied six points, four frees.

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