Ambassador UCC Glanmire 85 Liffey Celtics 71
AMBASSADOR Ambassador UCC Glanmire returned to winning ways with a comfortable victory over Liffey Celtics in the Women’s Super League at the Mardyke Arena.
There were many top displays from Glanmire but American Shrita Parker's efforts, that yielded a 38-point contribution, were fascinating to watch. A major statement after a disappointing display a week earlier against Fr Mathew's.
Coach Mark Scannell reflected: “We were cruising but in the fourth quarter we stopped scoring and allowed them back in the game but in reality we were always in control and overall I am delighted with the performance of all the squad.”
The mood in the Liffey Celtics camp was one of disappointment but coach Laura Mullally praised the intensity of their Cork opponents.
“Glanmire were energetic from tip off and it took us too long to find our stride but overall we can have few complaints as we didn’t play well enough to win,” said Mullaly.
Glanmire got a great start as they looked a side intent on running the ball and with Aine McKenna leading by example they soon commanded a 7-0 lead.
The Kildare side were struggling in many departments but a Sorcha Tiernan three-pointer gave the visitors as the reduced the deficit to three points 10-7.
Credit to Glanmire they played some beautiful open running basketball and with Parker outstanding they responded to lead by 12 points with three minutes remaining in this period.
In the last possession Glanmire had increased their lead to 13 points but an incredible buzzer beater from the Liffey American Jaoiamoni Welch-Coleman saw them reduce the deficit to 28-18 entering the second quarter.
On the restart Annaliese Murphy nailed a monstrous three but the second Liffey Celtics American Breana Green who had failed to score in the opening quarter began finding her range and the deficit was reduced to six points with four minutes remaining to the interval.
We then witnessed one of the best pieces of artistry at the Mardyke this season. Parker drove to the hoop and just as she was being blocked the American managed, in a falling position, to bank an incredible basket.
Poor defence played a major part in Glanmire allowing their opponents to stay within striking distance and although the home side led 48-39 at the interval.
In the second half it was a case of going through the motions for Glanmire as inspired by Parker and Neubert they raced into a 71-51 lead entering the final quarter.
Some slack defending allowed Liffey reduce the deficit to seven points with four minutes remaining.
Credit to Glanmire, they responded in style and with Carlow-born Amy Dooley putting in another huge shift on the boards they were well worth their 14-point win.
The result keeps the Cork club in contention for silveware as we enter the latter stages of the season.
Scorers for Ambassador UCC Glanmire: S Parker 38, T Neubert 16, A McKenna 12.
Liffey Celtics: S Tiernan 22, B Green 16, J Welch-Coleman 12.
GLANMIRE: A McKenna, L A Wilkinson, C Grace, M Furlong, A Murphy, N Braham, A Braham, T Neubert, A Dooley, S Parker.
LIFFEY: K O’Flaherty, K Rochford, J Welch Coleman, N Masterson, C Mulleady, B Green, S Tiernan, A O’Connor, Aine O’Connor.
Referees: Eddie Cooke (Cork), Ger Daly (Cork).