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Panic-free Down hold on to take win over Limerick

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Panic-free Down hold on to take win over Limerick thumbnailLaoise Duffy slips away from Limerick defender Siobhan Moloney during Saturday’s National League clash at Pairc Esler. Photograph: Brendan Monaghan.

DOWN Ladies played Limerick in Pairc Esler, Newry on Saturday evening with both teams in need of a win.

The home side enjoyed much of the early possession, however they failed to turn the superiority into scores.

The Limerick girls were much more clinical with their opportunities and dictated the scoreboard in the final 15 minutes of the first half. Half-time score: Down 0-02, Limerick 1-4.

Down started the second half with purpose and in lively fashion, quickly getting themselves on the scoreboard. Resilient in defence and getting on top in midfield, they launched attack after attack with the Limerick defence finding the pressure hard to deal with. 

With the crowd now building for the men's game they saw a spectacle of attacking football from both sides for the final 20 minutes, the game was full of free flowing, end-to-end attacking football.

Limerick may well have kicked on, however their interests in getting goals instead of taking points may have been costly. The home side kept the scoreboard in action and got a goal of their own, before Limerick rattled the net leaving a nervy last five minutes.

Down didn't panic and when three points clear and the crowd fully behind them, they held onto the lead for a deserved victory over a resilient Limerick side, who provided a stern test for the home side.

It was such an honour for the Down Ladies to wear the Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust logo on the front of their new jerseys.

Big thanks to Whitegates Business Developments who have kindly agreed to sponsor the Down Senior Ladies for two years. They have forfeited having their own name to allow the KBRT logo on the front of the new jerseys.

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