Dreadful weather made playing conditions hazardous in Paddy’s Field. On a day where rain showers were forecast for part of the day, the weathermen omitted the detail that one of the showers would last the whole day. Cold, wet and tired are the only worlds to describe the feeling of players and the spectators alike who braved the elements to cheer on their teams.
MAYO 7-5 MONAGHAN 2-5 The opening game between Monaghan and Mayo was closely fought, though the scoreline depicts otherwise. Both teams played their hearts out. Mayo, after their lack of finishing in last week’s game against Leitrim, made no mistakes in taking their scores this time. Once again, Monaghan were unable to convert their scoring chances while putting plenty of pressure on the Mayo defense. Mayo’s keeper pulled off some fine saves much to the Monaghan forward lines frustration. Mayo’s midfield combination Sharon Gallagher and Ellen McGrail played well off each other and made some fine scoring opportunities for their forwards.
Monaghan fought hard with great play from Michelle Davis, who opened the Monaghan scoreline, as well as Norma McCarthy, Liz Collins and Mary Nash. Monaghan were unlucky to lose Mary Nash late in the first half at which time Mayo capitalized on a disoriented Monaghan defense with some unanswered scores.
In the second half conditions were equally as bad and the rain continued. Despite the fact that Mayo’s lead increased in the second half, Monaghan never lacked in their efforts to bridge the gap and for their part got some well taken points from Norma McCarthy.
For the winners best were Ellen McGrail, Sharon Gallagher, Fiona Ward, Mary Toolan, Una Rice, Joanne McKenna, Teresa O’Malley and Tara Holmes.
For Monaghan Norma McCarthy, Michelle Davis, Noreen O’Reilly, Mary Nash, Maudie Lynn, Catherine Donohoe, Liz Collins, Martina Duffy, Kate McEntee, Marie Flood and Chris Gallagher tried hardest.
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Mayo scorers: Teresa O’Malley 2-1, Tara Holmes 2-1, Joanne McKenna 1-1, Ailish Doherty 1-0 and Una Rice 1-2. For
Monaghan: Michelle Davis 2-1, Norma McCarthy 0-4, and Sandra Swinburne 0-1.
Players of the Game were Ellen McGrail and Mary Nash.
CAVAN 1-11 ROCKLAND 2-5 Cavan emerged the winners in a close encounter with Rockland. For those who stayed to watch they were treated to an exciting game despite worsening conditions as the rain continued to come down. Rockland were in superb form with some super passing throughout the game and with great play from Shauna Reilly, Clare Charlton, KerryAnn Galvin, M’bh Brennan and Joanne Hoenninger.
Rockland took the lead in the first half. However, Cavan’s experience prevailed leaving the sides level at half time.
In the second half, both sides played to the best of their ability in the rain and muddy pitch. Cavan’s Olive Wilson, normally seen in the full back position, made a great debut as a forward and was ably assisted by Catherine Russell, Karen Shalvey and Rosie Reilly.
Rockland continued to put the pressure on the Cavan back line but as the game continued Cavan took a lead which Rockland were unable to answer, though they tried their utmost.
For the winners best were Olive Lynch, Pauline Coleman, Caroline O’Sullivan, Ger Mahon, Justine Clifford and the Cavan forward line.
For Rockland Keeper Kelly Gorman was in top form with Kathy Quinn, Clare Charlton, Mags Dineen, Rose Galvin, M’bh Brennan and KerryAnn Galvin giving their all.
Cavan scorers: Ger Mahon 1-3, Rosie O’Reilly 0-3, Olive Wilson 0-3, Catherine Russell 0-1 and Karen Shalvey 0-1.
Rockland: Kerry Ann Galvin 1-1, Mags Dineen 0-1, Lisa Magiotta 1-0 and Claire Charlton 0-3.
Players of the Game were Olive Lynch and Kelly Gorman.
LEITRIM 3-6 NA FIANNA 0-2 The final game was a test for both Leitrim and Na Fianna due to the already poor pitch conditions and rain which instead of easing off continued to down pour. The game began with much of the play in midfield and the Leitrim half forward line. Both defenses played well keeping the scores on both sides to the minimum.
Leitrim opened the scores with a series of points, one from a penalty. Na Fianna found their stride and produced some nice moves up the field which resulted in points from Marie Curran to leave the half time score Leitrim 0-5, Na Fianna 0-2.
The second half showed more play on the wings with Na Fianna putting pressure on the Leitrim defense. Leitrim fought hard, putting pressure on an equally tough Na Fianna defense, but were rewarded with some fine scores.
New Players introduced to the game in the last 10 minutes upped the pace with Leitrim’s Leah Donovan capitalizing on a lose ball to take a goal in the dying minutes of the game.
For Leitrim, best were Colette O’Sullivan, Pat Meade, Tracey McLoughlin, Trish Gleenson and Sadie Bolger.
For Na Fianna, Ann Murray had a great game in goals pulling off some fine saves, Caroline Conway was solid as ever as full back with Ryan sisters Ann and Mags, and Marie Curran giving their best.
Players of the Game were Colette O’Sullivan and Ann Murray.
UPCOMING EVENTS New York Ladies Championship schedule for Sunday, May 3, at Paddy’s Field: 1:30, Leitrim vs. Cavan; 2:45, Monaghan vs. Rockland; 4 p.m., An Chiarrai vs. Mayo. Na Fianna, bye.
The New York Ladies next meeting will take place on Tuesday, May 5, at 8:30 p.m. in the Riverdale Steakhouse. All Clubs delegates are asked to ensure representation.
New York Ladies have raffle tickets in circulation. There is a valuable prize of a trip to the World Cup in June, including three pairs of tickets to games, flights and accommodation. Tickets are $20. The draw will take place on Sunday, May 24, in Arthur Daly’s bar.