25 May 2022

Susanne White helps Donegal on their way to comprehensive win over Cavan

Donegal have had a few battles with Cavan in recent years but today Maxi Curran's team were on control from the off

Susanna White helps Donegal on their way to comprehensive win over Cavan

Susanne White of Donegal after scoring her side's second goal during the Ulster Ladies Football Senior Championship Semi-Final match against Cavan

Susanne White was a last minute introduction to the Donegal side that took on Cavan in the semi-final of the TG4 Ulster Ladies Football Championship - and she took the opportunity with both hands. 

Donegal 3-19 
Cavan 1-11

With Karen Guthrie ruled out, Donegal manager Maxi Curran gave White the nod and by half-time the Killybegs forward had scored two goals, which helped her side lead 2-10 to 0-6 at the break before Yvonne Bonner adding another goal in the second half.

In the Clones sunshine, it was 0-2 to 0-2 when White netted her first goal on 10 minutes, slamming into an open goal after an ambitious Niamh McLaughlin lob had crashed down off the crossbar when she pinched a kick-out of Elaine Walsh. Then, four minutes later, White grabbed her second goal with a fine finish across Walsh, when she was found on the right of the Cavan square by Yvonne Bonner for a 2-4 to 0-3 Donegal lead.

Geraldine McLaughlin posted five first half points for Donegal, with two points apiece from Aisling Gilseanan and Lauren McVeety for Cavan. Cavan have traditionally proven to be difficult opponents for Donegal, with the Breffni County running into a 1-5 to 0-1 lead at the same stage last year before Curran’s side found their shooting boots to run out winners on a 6-16 to 2-17 scoreline. In 2019, Donegal came through after extra-time.

White continued her fine form in the second half, shooting two more points - the second of which came after a flowing move. After 41 minutes, Donegal were 2-14 to 0-8 ahead. Donegal’s third goal came 15 minutes into the second half, with Bonner taking on a pass from McLaughlin when Walsh tried to find the wing. Cavan pulled a goal back a minute later from a penalty by McVeety. Walsh turned a dipping effort from Niamh McLaughlin onto the inside of the post in the last minute, with the ball coming back along the line. Donegal will face Armagh, who have won the last two Ulsters, in the final.

Donegal scorers: Geraldine McLaughlin 0-9, 6f; Susanna White 2-3; Yvonne Bonner 1-4; Niamh Hegarty, Katy Herron and Emma McCrory 0-1 each.

Cavan scorers: Aisling Gilseanan 0-3, 2f; Lauren McVeety 1-3, 1-0 pen, 3f; Geraldine Smith 0-2, Niamh Keenaghan, Ally Cahill, Aisling Walls 0-1 each.

Donegal: Roisin McCafferty; Niamh Carr, Evelyn McGinley, Niamh Boyle; Tanya Kennedy, Nicole McLaughlin, Amy Boyle Carr; Katy Herron, Niamh McLaughlin; Yvonne Bonner, Niamh Hegarty, Shelly Twohig; Bláthnáid McLaughlin, Susanne White, Geraldine McLaughlin. Subs: Shauna McFadden for Boyle (39), Emma McCrory, Deirdre Foley and Tara Hegarty for Carr, Herron and Twohig (54), Katie Long for B McLaughlin (57)

Cavan: Elaine Walsh; Rachael Doonan, Shauna Lynch, Zara Fay; Sinead Greene, Laura Fitzpatrick, Emma Halton; Mona Sheridan, Neasa Byrd; Niamh Keenaghan, Lauren McVeety, Aisling Gilseanan; Geraline Sheridan, Aine Reilly, Geraldine Smith. Subs: Ally Cahill and Kate McIntyre for Fay and Reilly (half-time), Aisling Walls for Keenaghan (49), Keri McLaughlin for Sheridan (56), Erin Longair for Halton (57)

Referee: Brendan Rice (Down)

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