Holloway Gaels – 8-15
Thomas McCurtains 1-02
On Saturday afternoon in Goodmayes Holloway Gaels and Thomas McCurtains opened the 2017 Ladies Senior League.
Thomas McCurtains settled into the game straight away with a goal in the opening five minutes. Holloway tried to clear their lines but McCurtains added another point from play and another fantastically taken free by their full forward, leaving it 1-.02 to no score.
After eventually settling into the game, Holloway broke up the pitch and levelled the game in a matter of minutes, points from midfielder Caroline McKay, Gaels newbie Emma McShane and Mary Ellen Cannon rattled the back of the onion bag for her first of the day.
From here on in it was a one-sided affair although McCurtains battled on but with a strong defence in place Holloway were able to move at pace and pull the game away from the East London side. Holloway captain Caroline Hanley was instrumental in building the attack from defence to attack allowing Cannon to add to her tally for the half with a hat-trick of goals, McShane adding another two and Enya O’Donnell adding two points and a goal, which O’Donnell claimed but may have had some assistance from a McCurtains player.
Half time read Thomas McCurtains 1-.02 Holloway Gaels 5-.06.
Again, McCurtains started the second half brightly but the Gaels defence were able to snuff out any form of attack. Emma Mulhern and Ruanne Hunt showing great strength. O’Donnell and Hanley both with a point from play. Clare Cullen added to the goal count. And further points from Holloway legend Aileen Brady-Bryne, McShane, Cannon and Ann Marie Fitzgerald meant the Gaels were out of sight.
McCurtains continued to apply pressure but the gaels defence were not giving in so easily, Holloway keeper Sheila Walshe was fantastic all afternoon and through constant support from her full back line Caitriona Donnellan, Hunt and Sylvia O’Sullivan was always able to find a black and red shirt.
Charlotte Faughnan and Holloway trouper Aisling Clifford came on to add to the score board with a goal each. Final points from Fitzgerald and Cullen finished off the game for Holloway.
An impressive win by the Holloway Gaels but its still early days.