Playing with the wind in the first half, Holloway capitalised early and saw some lovely scores over the bar from Caroline Hanley, Marian O'Donnell, Mary Ellen Cannon and Caroline McKay. Mary Ellen Cannon was quick to find the back of the net and Holloway were soon comfortably ahead. Some great defensive play from Holloway backs Cliona Twohig, Ciara McGuinness and Emma Shorthall kept Fulham scoreless for much of the first 30 minutes; their only score of the half coming from a breakaway ball into the centre forward. More great support play resulted in a goal from O'Donnell and a fine point from Holloway half back Emma Mulhern left the Gaels with a score line of 2-7 to 0-1 at the halfway mark.
Holloway were first out of the starting blocks again in the 2nd half with some great play from midfielders McKay and Aileen Brady assisted by Anne-Marie Fitzgerald resulting in a point by Hanley right from the throw in. Holloway continued to push forward with more scores from Patrica McCarthy and Hanley. Fulham were beginning to find their feet and a few gaps in defence saw them through for a goal and a few points. Holloway were quick to respond with a goal in the back of the Holloway net from McKay. Aine Maguire and Sylvia Sullivan kept the pressure on the Fulham forwards but again they broke through to put another goal narrowly past keeper Caitriona Donnellan. Forwards Charlotte, Tara O’Hallort and Enya O’Donnell were instrumental in creating chances up front as Holloway continued to drive on, and a late penalty for Fulham was not enough to stop an overall powerful Holloway performance; final score Holloway Gaels 4-10 Fulham Irish 3-5.
Next up for Holloway is Fr.Murphys in the 2nd round of the Intermediate Championship on Sunday 22nd May in Scrubs at 12.30pm.
Team: Caitriona Donnellan, Aine Maguire, Sylvia O'Sullivan, Ciara McGuinness, Emma Mulhern, Emma Shorthall, Cliona Twohig, Aileen Brady, Caroline McKay, Anne-Marie Fitzgerald, Patricia McCarthy, Caroline Hanley, Mary-Ellen Cannon, Charlotte Faughan, Marian O'Donnell, Tara O’Hallort, Enya O’Donnell, Sheila Walshe, Emily De Caires, Nicki O’Byrne, Fran Lynch, Joanne Healy.