The 2nd half opened with a determined force by the Holloway midfield and forwards and some great passing resulted in another goal by Duffy which pushed Holloway into the lead once again. This was shortly followed up by two more goals by Holloway full forward Aoife Donnelly, who played a fantastic game throughout despite suffering an injury in the first half. However Parnells were about to prove their worth as defending Senior Champions and hit back with two quick points from play. They continued to find a route through to the Holloway goal and a series of goals left them back in the lead; the Gaels now had to dig deep to get back into the game. Holloway had some good passages of play in the 2nd half and continued to compete until the end. Another point from Holloway’s Aine Maguire was not enough as Parnells began to pull away and the final whistle blew ending Parnells 6-8 Holloway 4-7.
Team: Caitriona Donnellan, Brenda Murtagh, Sylvia O'Sullivan, Joanne Healy, Caroline McKay, Emma Shorthall, Karen Treacy, Aileen Brady, Patricia McCarty, Anne-Marie Fitzgerald, Caroline Hanley, Áine Maguire, Christina Duffy, Aoife Donnelly, Sheila Walsh. Substitutes: Hannah Fahey, Kathleen Dunn, Sorcha Durrant, Emily De Caires, Nicky O'Byrne.
A lot of positives can be taken from the game; there was some excellent movement and link up play in the forwards, some great ball won at the centre of the field by Holloways midfield and half-backs and the Holloway defence battled tirelessly against the Parnell’s pressure in the 2nd half. Some fantastic saves from keeper Caitriona Donnellan kept Parnells from pushing further ahead. The team now look ahead to next Sunday 17th May when they take on Fr. Murphys in the 2nd round of the championship.