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2016 Allstar team earn bragging rights in Allstar exhibition game in Bangkok

Ladies Footballers Sinéad Burke (Galway), Bríd Stack (Cork) and Sinéad Finnegan of Dublin pictured during a visit to Sister Horgan who is an Irish missionary, originally from Cork, and third cousin to eleven-time All-Ireland Ladies Senior Football title winner Briege Corkery of Cork. She is the founder of the Good Shepherd Sisters in Bangkok that run the Fatima Centre, where she has been working with disadvantaged local people, orphans and migrants for over fifty years. Helping them to gain an education along with work and life skills. Pictured during the TG4 Ladies Football All-Star Tour 2018 in Bangkok, Thailand. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

THE 2016 All Star team earned the bragging rights after a one point, 7-19 to 7-18, win over their 2017 counterparts in blistering heat at the Chulalongkorn University Stadium in Bangkok.

The All-Star exhibition game produced 14 goals, with seven apiece and the Ulster contingent on the tour grabbed six of those.

Armagh’s Aimee Mackin and Donegal’s Yvonne Bonner collected two goals each for the 2017 team, while Aisling Doonan and Niamh Hegarty grabbed a goal each for the victorious 2016 team.

The Ulster players also notched up 12 points with Mackin and Bonnar finishing with 2-3 apiece and Aisling Doonan 1-3 and still ended up on the losing team while for the winners, Monaghan’s Ciara McAnespie chipped in with three points.

It was a game played at a remarkable pace despite the sizzling 37C heat and one which had a mixture of everything. Not only were there some excellent score-taking, the saves on show from Ciara Trant, Martina O’Brien and Noelle Gormley were also top class.

2016 scorers: Noelle Healy 3-2, Lyndsey Davey 2-1, Orla Finn 1-2, Sinead Aherne 1-1 (0-1f), Aisling Moloney & Ciara McAnespie 0-3 each, Fiona McHale 0-2, Sharon Courtney, Mairead Wall, Ciara O’Sullivan, Aoife McAnespie & Karen Guthrie 0-1 each.

2017 scorers: Aimee Mackin & Yvonne Bonner 2-3 each, Aisling Doonan 1-3, Niamh McEvoy 1-2 (0-1f), Niamh Hegarty 1-0, Sarah Rowe 0-2, Nicole Owens, Eimear Scally, Emma Spillane, Lorraine Scanlon & Aileen Gilroy 0-1 each.

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