London GAA: Parnells march on

London GAA Parnells ladies
All-Britain Ladies Intermediate Championship semi-final

Parnells: 4-08
Dunedin Connolly’s: 0-09

Although they may not have been at their very best Parnells still had too much fireppower for Dunedin as they booked their place in the All Britain final. Starting with the wind at their backs the Londoners got straight to work and had two points on the board in as many minutes.

Hannah Noonan combined with Thererse Marron to set Aine Gormley up for the opener and Sinead McCooey added the second immediately. Dunedin defended stoically but the swift movement and running off the ball by their opponents had them stretched.

When they did get forward they got no change from a resolute defence. Nine minutes into the game Aine Gormley collected a Ciara Dempsey pass at full speed and drilled an unstoppable shot into the top corner of the net.

Nicola Donnelly got on the scoresheet to go six clear before we had reached the second quarter. The Scottish side did regroup with Bronagh Hegarty leading the resistance from full back.

They did however concede a further two points over the next ten minutes from the boot of Therese Marron before Rosanne Heeney finally got them off the mark five minutes from the break. Parnells continued to do most of the pressing and Marron saw her low drive come off the post and across the face of the goal to safety before Niamh Murphy closed the first half scoring with a point.

Dunedin came out much brighter on the resumption but a lack of authority up front allied to a defence well marshalled by Sarah Quinn left them unable to eat at the deficit. In contrast when the Londoners attacked it was with pace, precision and most of all numbers.

From one such move which saw the ball move through at least half a dozen hands ended with Hannah Noonan firing over. Aine Gormley added another for the winners before Dunedin finally got some structure to their play with Heeney hitting two fine scores.

The final quarter of the match was end to end stuff as Dunedin threw caution aside and pressed forward in numbers.

It was a double edged sword of a strategy, although they started to create and take their scores it left gaps at the back which Therese Marron was only too happy to exploit. The full forward helped herself to a hat trick of goals as her colleagues created the openings with devestating effect. Dunedin added six points over the same period but could never get close.

PARNELLS: Marie King, Helen Stephens, Sarah Quinn, Niamh O Brien, Linda Corcoran, Aedin Murray, Renee Murphy, Helen Hughes, Hannah Noonan (0-1), Aine Gormley (1-2), Niamh Murphy (0-1), Sinead McCooey (0-1), Nicola Donnelly (0-1), Therese Marron (3-2),Ciara Dempsey SUBS: Patricia Marmion for Linda Corcoran, Shauna Henry for Nicola Donnelly, Pamela Sherwood for Niamh O Brien, Shannon ni Dhonncha for Helen Hughes

DUNEDIN: Sinead Loftus, Shauna McWilliams, Bronagh Hegarty, Maria Connolly- Hughes, Ciara McHugh, Julie O’Loughlin, Kate Reidy, Rosanne Heeney (0-5) Sonja Murphy, Caolfhinn Deeney (0- 2), Karen Feeney, Susan O’Sullivan (0-2), Laura Corrigan, Christina Newter, Susan Lavin SUBS: Rebecca McCauley for Susan Lavin, Angie Callaghan for Caolfhinn Deeney


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