Gourmet Food Parlour Donaghy Cup Round 1
Maynooth University 12-15 NUI Galway 1-5
By Cóilín Duffy
At North Campus, Maynooth University
Maynooth University fired a bakers dozen of goals, as the hosts comfortably disposed of NUI Galway in the opening round of the Gourmet Food Parlour Donaghy Cup on Tuesday night.
The hosts managed by Elaine Dillon and former Kildare player Anto Mooney led throughout, and opened their account with a point from play from Shauna Kinsella.
Maynooth had all the early pressure, but Katie Broderick had her goal shot cut out by NUIG’s Lauren Waters, as the homeside went in search of an early goal.
A brace of wides followed before MU hit the net for the first time, with Hannah Mulaney on target with just three minutes gone on the clock.
NUI Galway came under huge pressure throughout, in a game which started 30 minutes late after the visitors got caught in traffic leaving Galway City.
The Western university side had plenty of traffic to deal with in terms of Maynooth’s forwards during this game, and it wasn’t until the fifth minute before they managed to get the ball into their own attack.
Dual player Hannah Core bursting forward, but her efforts were snuffed out by the Maynooth defence.
Maynooth worked the ball upfield with Mulaney feeding Kinsella for the games second goal.
Both sides were wasteful in front of the posts, before Maynooth came good again, and between the 12th and 14th minutes they registered 3-1 unanswered.
Aisling Donnelly added a point, before a hat-trick of goals inside 80 seconds.
Firstly Emily Moore finding the net, Donnelly then with a back-heeled effort, before Ciara Larney chipped the keeper from the kick-out, and Maynooth University led 5-2 to 0-0 after 14 minutes.
It took a further five minutes for their next score, with NUIG opening their account following an Aisling Mullinga pointed free.
But Maynooth were hungry for scores as Kinsella added yet another goal.
Orla Magee was doing her utmost befween the posts for NUI Galway, and pulled off a fine save to deny Niamh Gallagher in the 20th minute.
Maynooth’s onslaught continued, but they suddenly began to go for points with captain Lauren Griffin and Kinsella on target.
NUIG worked hard and were rewarded with a goal from Stephanie Murphy, but Aisling Donnelly offered an immediate response with a three-pointed for the hosts.
Mulaney and Hannah Core traded points, before a second Aisling Mullins pointed free ensured a 7-5 to 1-3 interval score-line.
NUIG worked hard on the restart, but it was Maynooth University who continued to add scores.
Kinsella and Shona McNicholas with points, before four goals in a row – two from Mulaney (one a penalty), with Amy Troy and Griffin also hitting the net on the way to an 11-6 to 1-4 lead 10 minutes into the half.
Points from Mary Timmons and Mulaney opened up a 34-point gap, before Maeve McWalter claimed an NUIG score.
However this was the visitors final score, and Maynooth added 1-7 unanswered in the final quarter, including Mulaney’s third goal.
MAYNOOTH UNIVERSITY: Emily Reynolds; Rosie Nolan, Lisa McGrath, Aoife Ferry; Ciara O’Riordan, Karen Larkin, Laura McGarvey; Hannah Mulaney, Ciara Larney; Amy Troy, Lauren Griffin (Capt), Niamh Gallagher; Katie Broderick, Emily Moore, Aisling Donnelly. Subs used: Mary Timmons for Niamh Gallagher; Rachel Kehoe for Kate Broderick; Shona McNicholas for Aoife Ferry; Aine Gallagher for Aisling Donnelly; Dearbhla Jones for Emily Moore.
NUI GALWAY: Orla Magee; Stephenie Murphy, Maeve McWalter, Aoife Feeney; Emma Flanagan, Lauren Waters, Caoimhe Flannery; Aisling Mullins (Capt), Amy McCaffrey; Moya Fitzgerald, Amy Kerrigan, Aoife Hegarty; Aisling Maguire, Hanna Core, Anne Sweeney. Subs used: Kate Loftus, Kelly McMunn, Rachel Heslin.
REFEREE: Angela Gallagher