London Ladies GAA team travelled to Edinburgh, Scotland on Sat 20th Feb 2016, for the first game of the newly established British League. The weather conditions for playing Gaelic football were quite difficult as there was a very strong breeze and some rain in the first half giving Scotland the advantage.
Despite this, the London Ladies were keen to demonstrate their footballing skills. London Ladies were first to score 2 points, with Scotland replying with a goal. This motivated the London Ladies and they went on to score a further 2-4. Scotland got 1 more goal in the first half to leave the half time result: London Ladies 2-6 to Scotland 2-0.
The second half proved very difficult for Scotland, playing against the wind. With the London Ladies playing with the wind, they took it in their stride. Point after point was scored, as each player on the London Team demonstrated why they had been chosen to represent their new “home” county. It is hard to identify just one player that played exceptionally well for London.
It was a great team effort, from a mix of new and “old” players from London. It was great to see Hannah Noonan return to her native London Team – after her year playing Senior Football for Dublin in 2015. She led in midfield alongside Helen Hughes.
Also, well done to Sinead McCooey – London Ladies Captain for 2016. Sinead has played with London Ladies for 4 years now and has shown commitment and amazing effort to this team.
LONDON SQUAD: Sinead Mc Cooey (Parnell’s), Ciara O’Sullivan (Dulwich), Leanne Ryan (TCG), Shirrin Travers (TCG), Ursula Murphy (Dulwich), Maeve Wylie (Dulwich), Jackie Galvin Finnegan (KKG), Niamh Murphy (Parnells), Shauna Henry (Fr Murphy’s), Lucy Hawkes (KKG), Sarah Quinn (Parnell’s), Charlotte Faughan (Fr Murphy’s), Hannah Noonan (Parnells), Gemma Taylor (Tara), Helen Hughes (St Anthony’s), Ailish Healy (KKG), Catrina O’Regan (Dulwich), Linda Corcoran (Parnells), Aine Gormley (Parnells), Kirby Gilgunn (Fr Murphy’s)