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
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.