Dublin GAA Weekly Notes

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Down ladies played Meath in the last round of the National League in Navan on Sunday. With injuries and unavailability the Mourne ladies were down to a sixteen player panel for this final round match.Meath got off to a blistering start scoring a goal and three points in the opening ten minutes without reply from Down.

Kate McKay opened Down’s account with a well taken point. During the next spell Down’s midfield pairing , Kyla Trainor and Clara Fitzpatrick started to dominate. This was converted into scores with Kyla Trainor striking a good long range point and this was followed by another when Kate McKay lobbed over. Lisa Morgan playing strongly at centre three-quarters added another. Up front Chara Laverty and Orla Fegan were causing many problems for the Meath defence with strong their running.

Down got back on level terms with another point from the boot of Kyla Trainor. The Royal ladies responded worked the ball through the Down defence and blasted towards the Down net. Kerry-Ann Magee pulled off a great save but the rebound was tapped into the net by the incoming Meath forward.

The Down backs were hustling hard with Niamh McGowan, Colleen Magee and Emma Mulhern on the full back line and Kathryn Boden, Sinead Fegan and Hannah Murray on the half back line, Meath were made to work hard for scores.

Before the close of this half the Down Captain Kyla trainor closed the gap with another goal and point to leave the interval score

Meath 2-7 Down 1-7

Meath took the first point of the second half. Kate McKay was playing well and worked her way through for another Down point. Down’s Half forward line were moving forward with confidence, Grainne McClean and Aine Hardy linking up well with Lisa Morgan. Up front St. Michael’s Louise Kelly also played strongly when she entered the fray.

Down pressure forced Meath into fouls with Grainne McClean converting well. Kyla Trainor, having her best game of the season, went on a strong run and put Down in front mid-way through this second half when she blasted to the Meath net giving her a personal tally of two goals and three points.

The Mourne ladies had emptied the tanks at this stage and with no substitutes available, Meath finished strongly dominating the final period of play running out winners on a score line off;

Meath 3-16 Down 2-9

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