Sligo v Tyrone
Sligo 1-10 Tyrone 1-14 By Keith Gilroy
Sligo made the trip to Omagh with the hope of getting their 2017 Lidl NFL off to a winning start, Boosted by the return of Captain Noelle Gromley from injury Paddy Henry was looking for a good team performance in Omagh.
Tyrone started the better of the two team hitting 2 point in the first five minutes though Emma Smyth and Meabh Mallon. Sligo first score came from the boot of Ciara Gorman from 20 yard free. The best score of the first half came from Tyrone’s Niamh O’Neill when she hit a point off her left foot 25 yards out. Ciara Gorman kept Sligo in it with her free taking. Tyrone hit back with a Gemma Begley point before Laffey pointed for Sligo to leave it a 1 point game 15 mins played. Tyrone scored the next two points from O’Neill before Laura Ann and a free from Gorman left 2 points between the teams at half time.
Niamh O’Neill got Tyrone off the mark for the 2nd half with a point after great build up play from Mallon and Hunter. Gemma Begley free but 4 between the teams before Gorman score her 4th point of the day. On 17 mins Stephanie O’Reilly played a one two with her club mate Bernice Byrne before hitting a wonderful point from 25 yards. Sligo made two subs with Sinead Naughton and Rachel Monaghan replacing McGrath and Casey.
Both team exchanged sores before Tyrone Gemma Begley found the back of the Sligo net to give Tyrone some breathing space but Sligo hit back almost straight away with a goal from Gorman but it was not enough for the Sligo ladies Tyrone running out 4 point winners 1-14 to Sligo’s 1-10.
Sligo Team 1 Noelle Gromley 2 Michelle McNamara 3 Grainne O’Loughlin 4 Edna Flanagan 5 Ann Marie Coleman 6 Eillise Codd 7 Ruth Goodwin 8 Bernice Byrne 9 Sarah Reynolds 10 Laura Ann Laffey 0-02 11 Stephanie O’Reilly 0-02 12 Denice McGrath 13 Karen Maloney 0-01 14 Ciara Gorman 1-05 15 Lisa Casey
Subs used Rachel Monaghan for Denice McGrath, Sinead Naughton for Lisa Casey
Speaking after the game Paddy Henry said he was disappointed not to get the win but was very happy with the way the team performed,’’ We will be back training Tuesday night and getting ourselves ready for Westmeath next Sunday’’
Next up is a home game next Sunday in Cloonacool 2pm when Westmeath will provide the opposition.