Integrated College Dungannon enjoyed a convincing win over Sperrin Integrated College in a Ladies gaelic challenge game last week in Dungannon.Both sides lined out with a mix of experienced players and some girls who had never played before with the aim to promote ladies gaelic within the two colleges. ICD weathered an early storm to open the scoring with a point from Hannah Rice. Sperrin IC came straight back, however, and forced a superb save from Mirza Moreno in the Dungannon goals. Ashley Nesbitt fired over a point before Sperrin IC opened up their account with a point.The game was finely poised with end to end action. Sperrin IC were on top for the most part but were held back by the tenacious defending of Kirsty O'Toole, Nualagh Coleman and Tess McKenna. With 15 minutes gone, ICD began to press as Hannah Rice extended the lead with a fantastic point. A tactical switch saw Laura Roberts move into forwards as debutant Eden Lavery moved into defence. Both girls lifted their game and put Sperrin IC under pressure straight away.
Laura Roberts, who plays her club football with Edendork, had an instant impact on the game and hit the net twice to put the home side into a commanding lead. The Dungannon girls were inspired and another new girl to ladies gaelic, Wiktoria Kubicka, got her first ever score as she hit a fantastic rasping shot into the net on the stroke of halftime. ICD continued to dominate the second half with Emma Rice and Ellen Donohue in command in midfield. Laura Roberts opened the scoring with a point followed by a superb left footed effort from Emma Rice.
Despite this dominance, there were spells when the Dungannon defence were put under pressure. However, Eden Lavery was exceptional, the Donnelly twins Chloe and Emmer were fantastic and Tess McKenna showed great versatility by turning defence to attack and fired over a wonderful point.
The forwards were in top form too with Imogen Girvan and Rebecca Joy getting their first taste of competitive football. Ashley Nesbitt was outstanding and hit the net on two occasions, on either side of points from Tess McKenna and Emma Rice. ICD had good numbers for the game introduced Oren O'Neill, Rachel Heenan, Molly Bell and Brittany Farmer. These girls, despite being inexperienced, soon settled into the game and showed, that with more training and matches, they can shine in the future.
ICD finished strong with Emma Rice and Laura Roberts capping fantastic performances by both pointing from play to finish out the game.Overall, it was an excellent display of gaelic football with all the girls getting to play. Liam O'Manachin, who takes gaelic football in ICD, said, 'I am delighted with the girls for their performance in the game. They played in an excellent sporting manner and, regardless of the win; the most important point is that they are continuing to keep gaelic football alive in Integrated College Dungannon. We have experienced players in the team, along with girls who have never played football before, many of whom are not from a traditional gaelic background. Our success is that we promote the game within the college and many of our girls go on to join clubs in their local area as a result.'