Ladies cruise to win over Kildare

The Mayo ladies got their Championship campaign back on track this afternoon with a comfortable win over Kildare at James Stephens Park in Ballina. After a strong start, the home side went in at the break twelve points in front and they ran out winners by an extremely comfortable margin of sixteen points.

A win today was pretty much a must and Mayo began the contest with intent, launching wave after wave of attacks and keeping the Lilywhites pinned back into defence for much of the opening half.

Annie Gough opened the scoring with a nice point from play. The visitors cancelled this out soon after but that was the last time they’d trouble the umpires until well after the break.

A flurry of points followed for us. Maria Cannon got three of these (two from frees), Fionnuala McLaughlin bagged two lovely scores from play and Lisa Cafferky notched the other one. Then Lisa found the net, a score that was followed by two more frees from Maria to leave a yawning twelve-point gap between the teams at the break.

It was inevitable that the second half would, in large part, be a case of going through the motions. Our rate of scoring dipped but, while they forced Laura Brennan to make three great saves to ward off goal chances and they also clipped three points in a row during their best period in the game, Diane O’Hora’s side still weren’t able to make any meaningful headway in a contest that had already been decided.

Our proclivity to run everything through the hands in the second half didn’t produce much in the way of end product. We frequently got turned over due to misplaced passes and more than once we got pinged for travelling, having hand-passed our way into an attacking cul-de-sac.

Eventually, however, our through-the-hands policy paid dividends as Sinéad Cafferky – who’d missed last weekend’s defeat to Dublin but made a welcome return today, coming off the bench to replace sister Lisa in the second half – was played in by Aoife Staunton and she stabbed it to the net.

Today’s win means that, thanks to the scoring difference maths, Liam McHale’s charges have now booked their passage into the All-Ireland quarter-finals. This is because, thanks to today’s big win, we’re ahead of Dublin on points difference and so, in the unlikely event that Kildare beat the All-Ireland champions, we’ll remain ahead of them and so can, at worst, finish second in the group.

A Kildare win over Dublin won’t, of course, happen – on today’s evidence, the step-up to this level looks too much for Kildare and Dublin are sure to drive that point home in ruthless fashion. They’ll win the group and, by virtue of today’s win, our second place will leave us with what’s likely to be a tough quarter-final assignment.

Mayo: Laura Brennan; Saoirse Lally, Nicola O’Malley, Kathryn Sullivan; Éilís Ronayne, Ciara Durkan (0-1), Danielle Caldwell; Aoife Geraghty, Erin Murray; Fionnuala McLaughlin (0-2), Annie Gough (0-3), Fiona McHale; Sinéad Walsh (0-1), Maria Cannon (0-6, five frees), Lisa Cafferky (1-1). Subs: Aoife Staunton for McHale, Sinéad Cafferky (1-0) for Lisa Cafferky, Millie Sheridan for Gough, Caitlin Henry for Sullivan.

10 thoughts on “Ladies cruise to win over Kildare

  1. Well done to the ladies great win! Fair play that will get the confidence back again!

  2. Stats were wrong on Mayo LGFA account. Fionnuala McLaughlin had two points from play. Still a few errors from the ladies today but they were immeasurably better than their showing against Dublin.

  3. I’ve just been watching it back, Tommy Joe, to check that as I thought it was odd that she’d have scored from frees. As you’ve said, both points were from play and I’ve corrected the match report accordingly.

  4. Fair play WJ. Yours is a thankless job. Signed up to patreon a few weeks back if only for that! Serious work gone in here!

  5. Thanks Tommy Joe, it’s not thankless at all but I hate it when I’ve got things wrong. Fionnuala is a cracking player alright – there’s a family of them. Hope you’re enjoying all the Patreon content.

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