Fr Mathew's drive for home against Glanmire in Cork basketball derby

Fr Mathew's drive for home against Glanmire in Cork basketball derby
UCC Glanmire's Amy Dooley battling for a rebound with Fr Mathews' Shannon Brady. Picture: David Keane.

Ambassador UCC Glanmire 65 Fr Mathew’s 79 

INSPIRED by outstanding performances from Shannon Brady and Grainne Dwyer Fr Mathew’s saw off Ambassador UCC Glanmire in the Women’s Super League at the Mardyke Arena.

A game that swung to and fro for long periods but Glanmire will surely rue their below-par third-quarter display when they were outscored 26-12.

In truth, the Glanmire coach Mark Scannell will be a worried man as his American Tatum Neubert doesn’t look a player suited to the hustle and bustle of this league.

Indeed Neubert only managed two points and one must feel sorry for the young girl who is in Europe for the first time after finishing college.

On the other side of the coin coach Scannell and his team need two quality Americans to compete with the elite as he reflected on his team’s defeat.

“When you fail to put the ball in the basket as much as we did in this game you will not win many games but for now I need to assess the game and come up with solutions to get us back in the mix,” said Mark Scannell.

The mood in the Mathew’s camp was naturally upbeat as head coach James Fleming praised his team’s performance.

“At times we were awesome and the contributions from Shannon Brady and Grainne Dwyer was crucial mixed with some notable displays from our younger players made it a good evening all round for us,” said James Fleming.

In the opening quarter Glanmire were struggling big time at both ends of the court and with Neubert shut down in the physicality stakes they looked a side in disarray as they trailed 17-4 midway the quarter.

UCC Glanmire's Lesley Ann Wilkinson shoots under pressure from Fr Mathew's Amy Murphy. Picture: David Keane.
UCC Glanmire's Lesley Ann Wilkinson shoots under pressure from Fr Mathew's Amy Murphy. Picture: David Keane.

Gradually Glanmire responded to the wake- up call and 3 consecutive three-pointers from Shirita Parker (2) and Annaliese Murphy got them back in the mix as they reduced the deficit to 22-20 at the break.

Marie Breen opened the second period with consecutive baskets as the home fans rallied their side as they edged into a five-point lead.

Glanmire had a huge contribution from Lesley-Ann-Wilkinson in this period but the experience of Dwyer and Chantelle Alford ensured Mathew’s commanded a 43-41 interval lead.

Fr Mathews' Grainne Dwyer scores past UCC Glanmire's Casey Grace. Picture: David Keane.
Fr Mathews' Grainne Dwyer scores past UCC Glanmire's Casey Grace. Picture: David Keane.

On the restart Glanmire were punished with four consecutive baskets including a stunning Alford three-pointer that saw Mathew’s race into an 11-point lead.

Mathew’s began taking command and with Brady having giving an exhibition at the post the visitors commanded a 69-53 lead entering the final quarter.

Mathew’s failed to score in the opening five minutes of the final quarter but luckily Glanmire couldn’t buy a basket and in the end, the better-balanced side ran out comfortable winners.

A tough week ahead for Glanmire as defeat next weekend to Liffey Celtics in the National Cup could see them facing a long winter.

Scorers for Ambassador UCC Glanmire: S Parker 17, A Dooley 10, L Scannell 8.

Fr Mathew’s: S Brady 26, G Dwyer 25, C Alford 9.

GLANMIRE: A McKenna, L A Wilkinson, C Grace, M Furlong, A Murphy, N Braham, L Scannell, A Braham, M Loughery, M Breen, T Neubert, A Dooley, S Parker.

Fr MATHEW'S: S O’Shea, E O’Raw, A Murphy, A O’Regan, G Dwyer, C Alford, C McCarthy, A Corkery, A Lynch, S Brady, H McCarthy, E Twomey, M McCarthy.

Referees: Mariusz Landos (Dublin),Ger Daly (Cork).

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