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ST CATHERINE'S.........................5

BALLYOULSTER UNITED...............3

ST Catherine's notched up a well-deserved and much needed Inter Division 2 South victory last Monday night as they came from two goals adrift to hit Ballyoulster United for five at Walkinstown Park.

The Saints needed to call on all their powers of recovery to overturn the two goal deficit, but a second half performance littered with goals ensured the home side their second win in their five games so far this season.

Two down after only 19 minutes, the Saints grabbed a lifeline just before the break when Megan Brazil crashed home. Further goals after the break from Kirsten Keogh (2), Brazil again and Celine Nolan made sure of the win.

United, for their part, will look to the sending off of Joanne Fallon as the turning point to the game.

With just a few minutes left in the first half, and United holding on to a slender one goal lead, Fallon handled Mary Byrne's goal-bound effort outside the area and referee Chris O'Neill duly showed the net-minder a red card.

Up until Fallon's sending off, United were looking strong. Even though they had traded chances with the Saints, it was the visiting strike-force that showed all the cutting edge.

With just 16 minutes gone they nudged in front when Angela Kenneally thumped home a spectacular volley from 20 yards that caught Jocelyn Reid cold in the Saints goal.

The away side doubled their advantage three minutes later when Julie Condon set up Amy Kelly and the United striker managed to squeeze home from a narrow angle.

With 10 minutes left in the half, Brazil launched the comeback with a thunderbolt strike that left Fallon no chance.

Fallon was dismissed five minutes later and was replaced by Aine Quinn in between the sticks.

Lisa Nolan thumped a shot off the crossbar and Byrne went close with the rebound, but on 56 minutes the home side were level when Brazil crossed the ball straight into the net from the right wing.

Celine Nolan made it three on the hour with a simple yet stylish fashion from close range.

On 74 minutes number four arrived when Keogh set off on a run from the half way line that ended up with the substitute adding a sublime finish to a great solo effort.

United showed great fighting spirit and when Condon netted their third with a neat finish thoughts of their own comeback started to grow. Any ideas of a comeback were soon washed away as Keogh netted the Saints' fifth and final goal.

St. Catherines: Jocelyn Reid, Lisa Nolan, Lisa Bunce, Ashling McCann, Megan Brazil, Toni McGrath, Maria Doyle, Gillian Dowling, Mary Byrne, Celine Nolan, Kirsty Hynes. Subs: Kirsten Keogh, Danielle Hendrick (for McCann 70mins), Lauren Shannon (for Hynes 72mins), Rachel Murphy (for C. Nolan79mins).

Ballyoulster: Joanne Fallon; Nicola Farrell, Trish Cosgrove, Angela Kenneally, Susan Reilly, Dara Walsh, Amy Kelly, Fiona Harte, Sinead O'Grady, Julie Condon, Aine Quinn. Subs: Sinead Keogh

Referee: Chris O'Neill


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