A sun drenched Adrian Freeman Memorial Park Tooreen, provided the venue for today’s Littlewoods Ireland Camogie Leagues Division 4 final group game between Mayo & visitors Louth.
Coming off the back of a good win over Kildare last weekend, Mayo once again put in a determined effort to win comfortably on a scoreline of 7.14 to 1.1.
Despite the scoreboard suggesting that Mayo had it all their own way, it wasn’t until the second half that Mayo pulled away from a spirited Louth team.
The opening exchanges indicated a tentative start with both teams finding it difficult to settle. The first 10 minutes saw a series of wides at both ends of the field, before Lisa Scahill finally recorded Mayo’s first point of the game. Erin Murray followed up with another well taken score in quick succession before Emily Kelly hit a third point for the hosts.
Defensively, Louth worked extremely hard in the first 20 minutes to hold their opposition to just three points. Mayo’s efforts to break through the Louth defence finally paid off however. A goal from Ciara Delaney and a point from Orna Hession just before half time left the hosts 1.4 to 0.0 up at the break.
Louth opened the second half with a well taken point from play courtesy of Denise Moynagh. Instead of signalling a possible revival for Louth, it was the Mayo girls who seemed to spring to life.
At this stage, Louth were beginning to struggle to get ball in to the danger area. Any ball that did make its way was dealt with impressively by Mayo’s goalkeeper Emer Minish along with a strong Mayo defensive unit. With the midfield pairing of Aine Charlton and Meabh Delaney working tirelessly, Mayo sensed victory and were relentless until the final whistle.
Goals from Lisa Scahill, Ciara Delaney and Orna Hession along with points from Helen O’ Malley, Mairead Charlton and Meabh Delaney ensured the homeside finished strongest.
There were stand out performances all over the pitch with players giving their best right until the final whistle. With an opportunity to run the bench, more valuable inter county experience was gained by the wider panel.
Having entered the league as very much a step in to the unknown, Mayo can now look forward to a semi final where they will face Cavan on June 12th.
If you would like to re-watch Mayo’s win over Louth you can here!
Mayo – L.Scahill (4.2), C. Delaney (2.1), M. Delaney (0.4), Orna Hession ( 1.1 ) H. O’Malley (0.2), E. Murray (0.2), Emily Kelly ( 0.1 ), Mairead Charlton ( 0.1 )
Louth – A. McCormack (1.0), D. Moynagh (0.1)
Mayo – E. Minish, R. Cassidy, A. Mulkeen, G. Delaney, S. Golden, A. Doherty, M. Charlton, M. Delaney, A. Charlton, E. Kelly, E. Murray, O. Hession, A. Lilly, L. Scahill, C. Delaney
Substitutes – H. Tener on for M. Delaney (blood sub), H. Tener on for O. Hession 40mins, N. Kennedy on for E. Kelly 40 mins, A. Quinn for G. Delaney 42 mins, A. Hastings for A. Lilly 46 mins, H. O’Malley for E. Murray 46 mins, K. Scahill for C. Delaney 46 mins, M. Deely for R. Cassidy 56 mins, S. Peoples for L. Scahill 59 mins.
Louth – A. Carroll, A. McKeon, N. McComish, C. Fennell, K. Matthews, L. Sharkey, D. Dunne, N. Cunningham, A. Dunne, G. Mackin, J. McKeon, D. Moynagh, L. Young, A. McCormack, M. Lynch
Substitutes – N. Fennell, C. Ward, D. McArdle, M. Duffy.