Carolan holds strong to drive the Dubs on.

(07 Jul 2018)

The Dublin Senior Camogie team secured a win against Meath this evening with the help of  a ruthless performance from the experienced Aisling Carolan. 
Today’s setting  was the scenic venue of the royal county, Meath.

The Ground was like a hot frying pan and the supporters of both sides could have enjoyed a lovely fry to go alongside today’s servings of hook blocks points and goals. There was one change to the starting 15 , Ali Twomey replaced Gráinne Quinn and the injured Hannah Hegarty was replaced by fellow team Mate the young and fearless debutant , Niamh Gannon from St Jude’s Camogie club. Niamh would go on to have an outstanding performance with her skill and composure denying the number of her years.

Dublin started off slowly with their running game not so prominent in the beginning. Similar to the league fixture between these sides , Meath were dominant in the tackles and held Dublin up in the middle of the park limiting the  supply into the forwards. 

Emma Flanagan started the scoring for Dublin with a sublime point from inside the 45 yard line.
Orla Beagan was today’s free-take for Dublin and her pin point accuracy was seen from every angle. 
However for every score Dublin gained , Meath Jane Dolan was right behind securing point after point from frees and play. 

Dublin got a break which came from the long puck out from Faye McCarthy and the Meath defender was struck by surprise when the Ball bounced over her head and into the pathway of Siobhán Kehoe , who  was ready to pounce. Kehoe made a darting run towards goal drawing two defenders away and with “heads up hurling “ beautifully hand-passed to supporter on hand Emma Flanagan who buried the Ball into the back of the net. 

Although all seemed to be going well, Meaths speedy forwards were still causing havoc in the Dublin defensive. But as the title suggests carolan was Dublin’s strong hold on the back line with a fine and dedicated performance.The pressure was eased off carolan due to the support of Emma O byrne , the Twomey sisters and Bodens Martha O Donoghue. 
Dublin went into the dressing room with the score being Dublin 1-07 Meath 0-03

After much hydration and fluid intake dublin approached the 2nd half with fresh legs and hungry hearts. 
Dublin grabbed hold of the game with their running and support play which was more evident in this half.
Eimear McCarthy and Doireann Mullanny showed their speed and skill , both adding  points to the scoreboard. 

Today’s work horse was Na Fiannas Roisin Baker who spread her energy across numerous positions on the playing field. With positional changes Meath found it difficult to feed the forwards , unlike Dublin who craved goals and at this point introduced the mighty Gráinne Quinn. Also introduced for Dublin was Leah butler,St Vincent’s Ali Maguire and the hero of her time Sile Ni Coitir who both made immediate impacts with numerous turnovers. A bundle of energy that Meath could not control. 

Dublin pounced again when a switched Ball and intelligent pass by Laura Twomey to Emma Flanagan who flicked the ball onto Kehoe who had acres of space ahead of her and cooling slotted the ball into the right hand corner of Meaths net. 
The game began to run away from Meath and Dublin took complete control on the game.
Every player took the game in their stride even with the stifling Heat and pressure placed on by Meaths forwards.
Although the first half was not Dublin’s strongest of performances , their attitude and work rate by all players and the impact of the substitutes in the 2nd half made up for these errors such as the 13 wides. 
A win is a win.
And Dublin will look forward to their next outing against Wexford





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