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blue 79 stun danone to grab points at tallaght

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when Orlagh McGrath punished some slack defending to ram the ball to the net after just two minutes of play, you sensed that Danone would go on to add a hat-ful of goals against Blue 79 in their Tallaght Astropark Ladies clash last Thursday.

But that was failing to take into account the resolve and fighting spirit of Blue 79 who would go on to win - and deservedly so - with a couple of late goals as Danone's early promise failed to materialise.

Having suffered at the hands of Firhouse Ladies in their opening encounter, Blue 79 were entitled to enjoy their success which was built on a solid work ethic which simply wore down Danone who were denied time after time with last ditch tackles from Patricia O'Byrne Lisa Dean and Sandra Murphy, In Fiona Keenan, Danone had arguably the best player on the pitch and she covered the whole area trying to add to McGrath's opening strike.

Danone did net a second after 11 minutes when Anne Marie Murray fed defender Laura Murphy who broke forward to beat Sandra Murphy to the ball and slide home to the net.

Blue 79 were soon on the scoresheet though when goalkeeper Jaime O'Shea lost possession and O'Byrne was on hand to stroke the ball home.

The arrival of Spanish team member Lucia Navazalopez helped Blue 79 who were carrying an injury to Aoife Connolly . Navazalopez was to put in a solid second half shift down the Blue 79 left flank.

Paula Geraghty and Maria Connolly grew stronger as the match progressed and Blue 79 were now winning plenty of possession, although, at times ,the finishing was somewhat off target. Both team deserve great credit however for their wholehearted commitement and when Maria Connolly netted an equaliser for Blue 79 with 51 minutes played few would have complained with an honourable point.

But Blue 79 were not finished and Particia O'Byrne capped a great performance by edging her team in front for the first time two minutes from time and there was still time for the 'icing on the cake' as she then beat Caroline Fitzgerald to the ball to complete her hat-trick right on the full-time whistle.

An excellent encounter and while Danone will be disappointed, they can take plenty of encouragement from their efforts and their contribution to a fine spectacle throughout.

Played in a sporting manner, the match was a fine advertisement for ladies game and never dropped in interest as both sides adopted a postive and attacking approach over the hour's play.