Report: Doonan and Sheridans to the fore as Cavan maintain unbeaten start

Lidl NFL Division 2

Clare 3-5
Cavan 3-10 

Cavan continued their unbeaten run to this year’s LIDL NFL division 2 campaign with a hard fought win over Clare on Sunday in a 6 goal cracker in Doonbeg. Both teams should be commended for their performances in what were extremely tough playing conditions with this match being only one of two NFL division 2 games to take place over the weekend.

Both management teams made changes to their teams that started the round 2 games. Clare named 3 changes with All Ireland Minor B winner Aine Keane replacing the injured Grainne Nolan. Cavan manager James Daly named Orla Smith at wing back for her first NFL appearance while Beth Farrelly Magee started at wing forward for the travelling team.


It was the home side who were quickest of the mark raising the green flag for the first score of the game in just under a minute through Ciara Hickey. Cavan responded well with a point from Beth Farrelly Magee. Both teams traded points before Cavan full forward Bronagh Sheridan hit the Clare net for Cavan’s first goal of the game. This goal brought Cavan to life who registered another couple of points stretching their lead to 3. 

On the 21st minute mark the game was level again after Roisin Looney set up Ailish Considine who found the Cavan net for Clare’s second goal of the game.

Cavan came to life before the break with Aisling Doonan lobbing the Clare goalkeeper and further points from the on form forwards Ashling Sheridan, Bronagh Sheridan and midfielder Sinead O’Sullivan left 7 points between the teams at the break. Half time score Clare 2-02 Cavan 2-09.


Conditions at the start of the second half were tough with hailstones and snow reigning down. This didn’t stop the teams though and within the third quarter Clare had scored a goal after Niamh O’Dea set up substitution Becky Mahon who fisted the ball past Cavan goalkeeper Holly Lynch. However Cavan responded in perfect fashion when Aishling Sheridan rattled the net following a great run keeping 7 points between the sides. Clare never gave up and kept the pressure on the Cavan defence with Caoimhe Harvey and the brilliant Ailish Considine reducing the deficit between the teams. However Cavan were able to hold out for a 5 point win despite the best efforts of the home side. 


Next up Cavan play Tipperary at home on Sunday 25th February with Clare heading to Laois on the same day.


Cavan Scorers: Aisling Doonan 1-02, Bronagh Sheridan 1-02, Ashling Sheridan 1-02, Beth Farrelly Magee 0-03, Sinead O’Sullivan 0-01


Clare scorers: Ailish Considine 1-02, Ciara Hickey 1-01, Becky Mahon 1-0, Caoimhe Harvey 0-01, 

Niamh O’Dea 0-01


Ciara Harvey (West Clare Gaels ), Roisin Considine (Liscannor), Laurie Ryan-captain (Banner), Amanda Mulcair (St Joseph’s D/Barefield), Louise Woods (Banner Ladies), Grainne Harvey (West Clare Gaels ), Laura Egan (Kilmihil), Tara Kelly (Cúil Gaels), Roisin Looney (Cooraclare), Orla Devitt (Eire Óg), Niamh O’Dea (Banner Ladies), Sarah Bohannon (Cúil Gaels), Aine Keane (Miltown), Ciara Hickey (Kilmurry Ibrickane), Ailish Considine (Kilmihil)


Cavan: Holly Lynch (Kingscourt), Rachael Doonan (Templeport), Laura Fitzpatrick (St. Finbarrs), Joanne Moore (Lacken), Orla Smith (Crosserlough), Sinead Greene-Captain (Templeport), Neasa Byrd (Crosserlough), Mona Sheridan (Mullahoran), Sinead O’Sullivan (Lacken), Beth Farrelly Magee (St. Killians), Aisling Doonan (Templeport), Ciara Finnegan (Crosserlough), Catriona Smith (Killygarry), Bronagh Sheridan (Drumlane), Aishling Sheridan (Mullahoran)


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