Thursday 23 November 2017

Shooting Stars show their class



NO stopping the Dub Stars express in Russell Park. They had no problem returning to work.

They had 1-4 in the purse before Dublin had read their first email. The Jackies had Stars in their eyes, and on their heels, all afternoon.

Their impressive tempo never dipped. Andrea Bowe's dancing feet were never still. Even Anne Clarke, the daughter of the new Dublin manager, Peter Clarke, showed no sympathy against her dad's side.

Anne curled over a delicious point midway through the second half. The ribbons had been well tied on the KCC Cup at that stage.


But the county chief saw merit in the outing. "It was a good workout for both teams," noted Peter.

"At this time of the year, you don't have big expectations. The girls are only starting back into it.

"But we saw a nice combination between the two sides. If we pick the right ones, and get the correct mix, we should do okay."

Peter couldn't fault the effort of Gemma Fay. She looked fit enough to run the Dublin Marathon, and the London one too. She decorated her work with a peach of a point.

Ciara Murphy also did well in the Dublin attack, while Amy Ring kicked three second-half points.

The Stars attacked the road end in the first half. Noelle Healy of the host club had the ball in the bag in the first minute. Her second goal helped the Stars to lead 2-8 to 0-3 when it was time for the Kit-Kats.

Sinead Aherne struck the third goal eight minutes into the second period. Sinead plays with all the panache of The Gooch.

Healy's St Brigid's colleague, Aisling King, added two further goals as Ireland's number one, Cliodhna O'Connor did her best to keep out the chill. She had little to do in the kitchen. But she still had to show her class in the opening half when she foiled Arlene Cushen.

The new man in town, PC, will hope that Cliodhna have similar quiet days ahead in league and championship.

SCORERS -- Dub Stars: N Healy 2-3; A King 2-1; S Aherne 1-1 (0-1f); A Bowe, A Clarke, S Woods, H Tyrell (f), L Peat, L Davey, B Finlay 0-1 each. Dublin: A Ring 0-3; C Murphy, M O'Gorman 0-2 each; G Fay, N McEvoy 0-1 each.

DUB STARS: C O'Connor (Naomh Mearnóg); A Bowe (Round Tower (Clondalkin), P Green (Kilmacud Crokes), L Collins (Na Fianna); O Smart (St Brigid's), S Goldrick (Foxrock Cabinteely), A Clarke (Naomh Mearnóg); D Masterson (Naomh Mearnóg), N McEvoy (Parnell's); S Woods (Raheny), L Peat (Parnell's), N Healy (St Brigid's); L Davey (Skerries Harps), S Aherne (St Sylvester's), B Finlay (Na Fianna). Subs: A King (St Brigid's), H Tyrell (Rd Tower (C)), S Killeen (Raheny), M McGrath (Ballyboden SE), S Adams (Clontarf).

DUBLIN: E Merrigan (Parnell's); S Treacy (St Sylvester's), N Collins (Foxrock-Cab), A McKenna (St Brigid's); S McGrath (Clontarf), G Fay (Ballyboden SE), F Hudson (Fingallians); N McEvoy (St Sylvester's), A Connolly (Foxrock-Cabinteely); C Barrett (St Brigid's), C Murphy (St Brigid's), A Cushen (Na Fianna); M O'Gorman (Na Fianna), K Flood (Clanna Gael Fontenoy), A Ring (Foxrock Cabinteely). Subs: A Barrett (Clann Mhuire), L Kidd (St Peregrine's), S Finnegan (Fingallians).

REFEREE: K Tighe (St Anne's).

Inset left: Dublin's Kim Flood shadows Dub Star Sinead Goldrick in Russell Park.

Pic: GAApics.com

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