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Three Points for the Jackies

Three Points for the Jackies

Naomh Mearnóg was abuzz with activity and on several pitches the Red & White of Cuala Camogie players did battle with the Black & Amber of the home sides. Into all this activity the girls from Kerry jogged onto the main pitch adding a splash of colour of their own. And the sun was shining and the breeze strong off the Irish Sea. Into all this activity the girls from Kerry jogged onto the pitch.


The M50 road works contrived to loose the Referee but he made it to the Portmarnock ‘home’ of the Dublin Senior Ladies for Round 4 of the Bord Gáis Energy National Football League to start the game just over the quarter hour after one.


The initial tussle gave the ball to the visitors who were fouled in the region of the midfield. The girls from the Kingdom made good use of this and set up a series of passes which saw Patrice Dennehy thunder up the park and put the ball cleanly over the bar. Sinead Ahearne had a free of her own shortly after but the breeze denied her attempt and the ball sailed to the right and wide. Kerry put another point up. A second attempt by the Jackies went wide as the home side found it difficult to judge the range and accuracy in the breeze. The third attempt was deadly and accurate. St Sylvester’s star Niamh McEvoy kept it low and lethal. Ciara O’Connor in the Kerry sticks hadn’t a chance and 12 minutes into the game, Dublin found their stride. The ball rarely drifted back towards the Dublin defence for the rest of the half. Louise Ní Mhuireaheartaigh added to the Kerry score by pointing to frees over the bar and another Kerry point came from play. But down at the business end, McEvoy slotted another one home while her resourceful clubmate, Ahearne began to add to her impressive tally on the points table. The half finished 2-7 to the Jackies with Kerry training on 5 points.


Kerry started out the second half much like the first. Although Ahearne rattled the far upright in the opening volley the rebound found a Green & Gold shirt and the ball was moved quickly down the pitch for a scramble around the Dublin goals. Laura O’Sullivan spotted a chink in the Dublin defence and the result was a green flag waved to much cheering from the Kerry supporters. When the ball failed to clear the midfield, the Kerry front line were quick to exploit their chances and added another point to put them within 4 points of their tormentors. And that was as near as they got. The Jackies laid into the Kerry defenders with a vengeance. Wave after wave of blue came at them. There was just two further attempts at the target, one a wide and another deflected out for a 45 almost on full time which went wrong and went to Dub. Nothing came of it though as the whistle was sounded. 3 goals and 10 points later it was all over. Dublin had 5-17 on the score board and the visitors went home with 1-6.


1. Cliodhna O’ Connor Naomh Mearnog

2. Sinead Goldrick Foxrock-Cabinteely

3. Noelle Comyn Ballyboden St. Endas

4. Maria Kavanagh Round Towers Clondalkin

5. Ailish McKenna St. Brigids

6. Sorcha Furlong St. Brigids

7. Siobhan McGrath Thomas Davis

8. Denise Masterson Naomh Mearnog

9. Natalia Hyland Ballyboden St.Endas (1-2)

10. Mary Nevin Na Fianna (0-2)

11. Amy McGuinness Fingallians

12. Gemma Fay Ballyboden St. Endas (0-1)

13. Niamh McEvoy St. Sylvesters (3-0)

14. Sinead Ahern St. Sylvesters (1-7)

15. Orlagh Egan Na Fianna (0-3)



19. Aisling Farrelly Ballyboden St. Endas

20. Niamh Hurley Fingallians (0-1)

23. Niamh McEvoy Parnells

26. Karen Kennedy Naomh Mearnog (0-1)

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