Victory at the second attempt for Down

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Down 04-12(24) Carlow 01-08 (11)

Following on from last week’s disappointing defeat to Meath, and with only two more rounds of league fixtures left before the quarter-final stage it was the case of second time lucky for Down as they easily saw off a depleted Carlow side who are more than likely going to be in a relegation battle.

From start to finish Down were the better team and were fully deserving of their 01-09 to 01-04 half time lead, the second half was a brilliant display by Down and within five minutes of the re start thanks to goals from Catherine McGourty and Saoirse Sands  put the game beyond all dough, and despite been reduced to 14 players when Dearbhla Magee was send off for a second bookable offence the game was more than less over.

The score of the game came from Saoirse Sands as she was on the receiving end from Aoife Keown pass buried the ball into the back of the net.

In the end it was a thirteen-point victory for Down and with only two rounds left to play I wouldn’t be surprised if there was a few more twists to the tales.

Down Team: Charlene Lively, Ciara Finnegan, Alannah Savage, Nicole Kelly, Blainid Savage, Dearbhla Magee, Catherine Rocks, Caitriona Caldwell, Aoife Keown, Aimee McAleenan, Deirbhle Savage, Maria Higgins, Sorcha McCartan, Catherine McGourty and Saoirse Sands

Subs: Danielle Harrison for Maria Higgins half time, Orlagh Caldwell for Ciara Finnegan, Kora Cunningham for Catherine McGourty and Marie Ryan for Sorcha McCartan (all 52 minutes), Catherine O’ Hare for Nicole Kelly (56mins) and Aoife McDowell for Saoirse Sands(58mins)

By Johnny O’ Connell