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Donegal Disappointment for Hoopettes

posted 9 Oct 2011, 11:24 by Sarsfields PRO   [ updated 10 Oct 2011, 14:17 ]
Cloughaneely 3-12 Sarsfields 0-11

Sarsfields began this match playing into the strong Atlantic wind and immediately it could be seen that the conditions were very much against the Highmoss ladies. Cloughaneely playing the better football and assisted by the conditions pushed into a five point lead before Clare Gallagher registered the first Hoopettes score from a free. However Cloughaneely dominating possession hit over a further six points without reply before Dearbhla Campbell kicked over the first point from play in the closing stages of the half. Really Sarsfields were unable to find the forward line with their passes. Eight points down, Sarsfields might well have been in the game, given the conditions, but the Donegal side hit a further point and a late goal to lead by twelve points.

The Hoopettes showed great character and hit four points on the trot straight after the break. Niamh McGeown hit over three frees and Clare Gallagher kicked a point. Really Sarsfields were dominating at this stage and the travelling support was hopeful of a comeback. These hopes were dashed when a defensive error let the Donegal side in for their second goal, undoing the good work from the Highmoss ladies. This rocked Sarsfields and they failed to score in the next ten minutes. They did regain their composure and for the remainder of the match were the better team. Niamh McGeown hit a free and Nola McAlinden kicked a nice point. Sarsfields were then awarded a penalty and Dearbhaíl Campbell stepped up. The ball looked to be heading for the bottom corner, but just skimmed the outside of the post. It just wasn’t going to be Sarsfields day. Dearbhaíl Campbell, Nola McAlinden and Andrea McAlinden added points. A late Cloughaneely goal though put a gloss on the final score for the Donegal ladies. To be fair Cloughaneely deserved the victory, but the Hoopettes showed great character in never giving up and fighting right to the end.

The coach load of Highmoss supporters, were disappointed, but they were rightly proud of the girls and of the fighting spirit they displayed and were happy to have been able to show their support.