The county’s women footballers fell to their third defeat in a row in this year’s National League and today’s one was another frustrating narrow loss. Trailing by seven points to Waterford early in the second half at Dungarvan this afternoon, we came roaring back into it but the home team held out to win by two points, on a scoreline of 2-9 to 0-13.
As was the case against Kerry last weekend, goals proved decisive in this game today. Once again, we were unable to find the net while Lauren McGregor raised two green flags for them.
They were well-timed goals as well, the first coming just before the break, sending the Deise into the dressing room enjoying a five-point lead, while the second arrived early in the second half to leave the visitors facing a seven-point deficit.
Michael Moyles’ charges battled back strongly during the second half, cutting the gap to just a single point as the match neared its end. The home team had the final say, however, adding a further point to seal a two-point win, their first victory of this NFL campaign.
Mike Finnerty was on commentary duties at Dungarvan today and his match report for Ladies Football is here.
Match highlights are available here:
Hard luck to the ladies today. The road facing them doesn’t get any easier next time out either as they face a daunting trip to Meath to face the reigning All-Ireland and NFL champions.
Mayo: Laura Brennan; Éilís Ronayne, Róisín Flynn, Danielle Caldwell; Ciara Needham, Sarah Tierney, Kathryn Sullivan; Clodagh McManamon, Sinéad Cafferky (0-1); Fiona McHale, Shauna Howley (0-5, four frees), Maria Cannon (0-1); Lisa Cafferky (0-5), Rachel Kearns, Sinéad Walsh (0-1). Subs: S Delaney for Kearns, Lucy Wallace for Ciara Needham, Hannah Reape for McHale, Ella Brennan for Walsh, Tara Needham for Sullivan, Erin Murray for Cannon, C Durkan for Tierney.