It may have taken until mid-June to happen, but Kildress Ladies finally got to play only their second League game of 2022 when they got the better of Edendork by 2-18 to 2-6 at a balmy Gortacladdy yesterday evening.

Whilst Kildress were full value for their win and had a good control all over the field, this was no evening stroll as Edendork competed well and a key part of Kildress’s success was the amount of times they turned over the ball when the St Malachy’s were in threatening possession.

Natacha O’Neill’s early goal gave the Tones a great start but Edendork quickly netted themselves and for the first quarter there was little between the teams. Kildress then started to pull away however and by half-time had a deserved 1-10 to 1-4 lead.

A cleverly-taken Edendork goal made it a two-point game early in the second half but from there on Kildress really took over, rattling over a series of points, many from Chloe Tracey who ended up with a spectacular 0-14 to her name. It was all capped, and the game really put to bed, by a simply wonderful solo goal from Aoife O’Connor, after she’d won the ball with yet another turnover.

This was a very sound all round display from Kildress against good opponents. Kildress were fast, mobile and committed and were particularly good in the tackle.

Shane McKeown was an excellent referee.

Kildress: Niamh Brannigan | Donna Hagan, Caoimhe Gilmore, Cathy Connolly | Sorcha McNamee, Sarah McAleer, Sinead Daly | Antaine McNamee, Katie Rose Muldoon | Natacha O’Neill (1-0), Chloe Tracey (0-14), Eimear McGarrity | Eilis Keenan (0-2), Ann-Marie Lennon, Shannon Crilly (0-2) | Aoife O’Connor (1-0), Leah McCrory, Anna Lennon, Emma McKernan, Marie Daly, Emma Gillen, Nicole Keenan, Lanaoise Lagan, Cara Loughran, Bronagh McAleer, Ellen McGurk, Alana McNamee, Rebekah Mullin, Caitlin Murphy, Emma O’Kane, Mairead Quinn

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Earlier in the evening Kildress Under 14 Girls had a whopping 6-13 to 0-7 win away to Carrickmore in the Grade 1 League.