O’Hara leads Dub Stars to victory
DUB STARS 2-18 DUBLIN 3-6
A powerful second half display saw the Dub Stars claim the honours in the annual Camogie Dub Stars clash at Russell Park on Tuesday.
Dublin led by four points at half-time but were overrun in the second period as the Dub Stars took a firm grip on the game.
It took Louise O’Hara and Aoife Kelly less than a minute to notch up a point apiece to open for the Dub Stars but an Áine Fanning goal followed by a fine free from Ciara Berkeley followed by an Áine Fanning point put the Dublin team a goal clear.
However with Ciara Burgess and Louise O’Hara enjoying a good spell at midfield the Dub Stars’ forwards prospered and they fired over five points in a 15 minutes spell from Amy Murphy (0-2), Louise O’Hara (f), Aideen Naughton (f), and a superb score from Muireann O’Gorman.
A long range free from Ciara Berkeley dipped under the bar for a Dublin goal in the 21st minute and they finished the half strongly with a point from Kate McGarry and another goal from Aoife Bugler to lead by 3-4 to 0-9 at the interval.
While the Dublin team held the lead, on the balance of play the Dub Stars were a little unlucky to be behind. In the second half, they improved hugely in defence with Fiona Hayes, Ali Maguire and Suzanne McCarthy forming a very solid half-back line.
Up front the Dub Stars ran the show with Ali Twomey catching the eye with a number of fine points. Louise O’Hara’s long range effort ended up in the net in the 42nd minute and the door was firmly shut six minutes later with Aisling Carolan goaled from a rebound.
Muireann O’Gorman brought her tally to 0-3 with two more fine scores as the Dublin selection was left to rely on two Ciara Berkeley frees for their second half tally.
After the game President-elect Aileen Lawlor performed her first official duty in her native county when she presented the cup to captain of the Dub Stars Louise O’Hara.
SCORERS – Dub Stars: Louise O’Hara 1-5, Muireann O’Gorman, Ali Twomey 0-4 each, Aisling Carolan 1-0, Amy Murphy 0-3, Aoife Kelly, Aideen Naughton 0-1 each. Dublin: Ciara Berkeley 1-4, Áine Fanning 1-1, Aoife Bugler 1-0, Kate McGarry 0-1.