August 6, 2010 by staff
Black Lion, During the game, the faster and fitter Tyrone forward made life difficult for the defense Leitrim. However, on the other hand, the Leitrim forward took a few questions of their own.
Eimear McGlade, Aine Tighe and Aoife Kelly looked the most dangerous of the Leitrim forwards, while Sinead Fowley produced its usual 60 minutes non-stop running and effort.
That hard work was not rewarded as Tyrone’s show, Cathy Donnelly, Gemma Begley and Sarah Connolly proved far too strong for Leitrim defense.
Tyrone were quickest to the starting blocks and took the lead through Aisling O’Kane in the fourth minute. The lead should have been greater at this stage as Tyrone already registered three wides.
Leitrim equalized with their first attack of the note by Sinead Fowley. A trademark run saw Dromahair Tyrone player broke through the half-back line and having exchanged passes with Aisling Brennan, Fowley orphan.
That was as good as he would get for Leitrim and Tyrone opened up a four point lead in the space of four minutes.
Points in quick succession of three Gemma Begley and Cathy Donnelly scores left Leitrim face a tough battle. Although Aine Tighe replied with a point, Tyrone would have extended their lead further only for an excellent save by Catherine Beirne Sarah Connolly denied.
Further points of Donnelly & Begley extended Tyrone lead to five points and although Tighe answered with a free, it began to look from a menacing Leitrim perspective.
That was the case when Tyrone beaten for two goals in as many minutes from Nina Murphy & O’Kane open up a wide lead.
Further points of Donnelly and Catriona McGahan Tyrone raised again lead before Leitrim responded with their best move of the match.
Anna Conlan a foiled attack Tyrone and Leitrim quickly began an attack. Conlan selected Aisling Brennan who in turn found Sinead Fowley. Having avoided several challenges, Fowley select Aine Tighe, who did well under pressure to find Aoife Kelly duly noted.
Leitrim could take much encouragement from that attack when their forwards were questions of defense Tyrone. The problem was that the Leitrim above were not enough to see the ball, while Tyrone were causing havoc in the Leitrim defense.
One point Donnelly was quickly followed by a goal to Lynda Donnelly 15 points to leave between the parties as the game entered the final minute of the opening half.
To their credit, Leitrim responded well to the disappointment and powerful run Aine Tighe’s created an opportunity for Evie Guckian the player Anna Duff duly adopted with a strong finish past goalkeeper Shannon Lynch.
It seemed as though the half would end on a high Leitrim, but Tyrone had the last word and the injury time still 1-2 registered with a goal from Cathy Donnelly.
With a scoreline of 1-4 to 4-12 they face when they retook the field for the second half, the Leitrim players would have been hoping that they could fight their way back into the game and restore some respectability to the scoreline.
Tyrone looked hungry for more scores and Cathy Donnelly scored beside her fifth goal of the game within two minutes after the restart.
Four further unanswered points from Sarah Connolly (two), Shannon Quinn and Begley helped increase their lead before Leitrim registered their first score of the second half.
Leitrim’s second goal of the game was created by Anna Conlan and Sinead Fowley and finished emphatically by Aine Tighe.
Eimear McGlade & McGahan exchanged points before Tyrone hit for another three unanswered points by Cathy Donnelly, Catriona McGahan and Aisling O’Kane.
Another well-worked move saw Leitrim Edel McMa**s point after good game which McGlade, Fowley & Lorraine Brennan with just eight minutes remaining.
Tyrone was unrelenting in their search for scores and Leitrim defense that was understandably tiring Gemma Begley allowed far too much time to pick out the unmarked Aisling O’Kane, who dispatched the ball past Catherine Beirne her side for the sixth goal.
When Frank Browne and the Leitrim management are looking for some positive that can be taken from the game, they will be pleased with Leitrim fact that the game finished the stronger.
Michelle Reynolds converted a free before Tyrone beaten for two points at the counterattack and scored by Michelle Guckian Eimear McGlade.
The last few minutes saw Leitrim continue to push forward and after Michelle Reynolds was denied by Shannon Lynch Aine Tighe gave Leitrim fans reason to cheer when two late points, scored from a free one.
The defeat marks the end of the championship Leitrim’s campaign for a year and after a comprehensive defeat at the hands of Galway and Tyrone will certainly be a strong argument for Leitrim navigate their trade at intermediate level next year.
Catherine Beirne, Christine Quinn, Sinead Brennan, Mairead McAuley, Teresa Mylott, Anna Conlan, Claire Owens, Sinead Fowley (0-1), Aisling Brennan, Eimear McGlade (1-1), Mairead Stenson, Evie Guckian, Aine Tighe (1 -4), Aoife Kelly (0-1), Michelle Reynolds (0-1). Subs: Edel McMa**s (0-1) for Quinn (20 mins), Lorraine Brennan for Mylott (34 min), Michelle Guckian for E. Guckian (34 minutes).
Shannon Lynch, Eimear McTeague, Sinead McLaughlin, Roisin Rafferty, Mary Donnelly, Maura Kelly, Lynda Donnelly (1-0), Shannon Quinn (1-0), Sarah Donnelly, Cathy Donnelly (2-6), Gemma Begley (0 – 6), Aisling O’Kane (2-2), Catriona McGahan (0-3), Sarah Connolly (0-4), Nina Murphy. Subs used: Orla O’Neill, Cathy Donnelly, Claire Skipper, Patricia Conway
Referee: Paul Swift (Monaghan)
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