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Monica heroics as Albion sink Celtic

Albion Rovers cruised to their third win of the season thanks to a powerful second half performance that finally killed off the brave resistance of Drimnagh in this uncompromising Major Division battle at Brickfields last Monday night.

Leading at the break thanks to a close range finish from winger Monkia Dembna Rovers turned up the heat in the second half and further goals from Laura Hoey, Edel Maher and Jetta Berrill were enough to give the Louth side the vital points.

With ten minutes left Miriam Mulhall pulled a goal back for the hosts from the penalty spot but it was too little too late and Drimnagh were left to rue a host of opportunities that went astray thanks to some goalkeeping heroics from Monica McGuirk.

The Albion custodian made several brilliant one on one stops to deny the home side and in particular Edel Reid, whose power and pace caused the visitors all sorts of problems.

The game started at a frantic pace and after both side exchanged early efforts it was Albion that nudged in front after 22 minutes.

A brilliant piece of wing play by Edel Maher had the Drimnagh defence rocking and the young winger was able to cross low across the face of Lyndsey Brannigan's goal. The ball drifted to the back post where Monkia Dembna was loitering in the right place at the right time to apply the finishing touch.

Sheena Carroll and Laura Cusack both went close to doubling the advantage for Rovers but the visitors had to wait until the first minute of the second half before they established the two-goal cushion. There seemed little danger when Laura Hoey collected the ball 40 yards from the Drimnagh goal.

The centre forward stepped inside her marker, pushed the ball on a couple of yards and then let fly with a stinging effort that crept in just under the crossbar.

Jetta Berrill and Reid swapped chances only for both 'keepers to produce fine stops before Albion stretched their lead to three goals to nil on 72 minutes. Substitute Louise McKeever was the instigator as she slipped a neat ball into the path of Maher, the winger took one neat touch before dispatching a low finish by Brannigan from eight yards out.

Five minutes later and the game was up for Drimnagh as Albion netted number four when Berrill steered home Maher's corner, the striker turning the ball home with a first time effort from close range.

Drimnagh never gave up the fight and they got their reward late in the game when Mulhall crashed home high into the Albion net from the penalty spot.

DRIMNAGH: Lyndsey Brannigan; Barbara Brien, Jessica Humphries, Linda Walton, Tracey Doran, Rachel Dingle, Gillian Brennan, Edel Reid, Sharon Owens, Miriam Mulhall, Kerrie O'Brien. Subs: Sinead Davies (for Brien 58mins), Anousta Murphy (for Reid 70mins), Deborah Maguire.

ALBION: Monica McGuirk; Grainne McKenna, Paula McKenna, Orla Haren, Amy Henry, Laura Cusack, Edel Maher, Shenna Carroll, Laura Hoey, Jetta Berrill,

Monkia Dembna. Subs: Megan De Souza (for Haren 56mins), Louise McKeever (for Dembna 58mins), Jennie McCarthy, Katie Moore, Sarah Matthews.

Referee: Des Clarke