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Minor Camogs Secure All Ireland Title

Sunday 28.04.2019
Team Talk Mag
Camogie


 

The Tyrone Minor Camogs travelled to Crettyard GAA Club in County Laois on Saturday hoping to defeat a talented Kerry team and secure the Grade C All Ireland  crown.

Following a series of round robin games and a semi final win over Wicklow the Red Hand girls were quietly confident that they had the talent to take them all the way to the title.

Tyrone played with the aid of the breeze in the first half and made the most of the difficult conditions as they carried the game to Kerry. Reagan Fay, Eimear Colton and Francene Farley kept the forward line supplied with ball forcing their opponents onto the back foot from the start.

Corner forward Lára Devlin punished the Kingdom defence with a goal and a point inside the opening ninety seconds. These scores helped to settle the Tyrone girls but their bigger, more physical opponents worked their way back into the game with two converted 45s from the stick of their best player Amy O’Sullivan.

With ten minutes on the clock Kerry would have been more than content with their position. Having weathered the early Tyrone storm they trailed by two points while facing into the strong wind. However with Fay and Colton on top Tyrone began to dominate possession in the second quarter and added 2-3 to their tally to send them in at the break leading 3-4 to 0-2. Catherine Muldoon and Kaitlin Gallagher bagged the goals for the Red Hands while Gallagher and Fay landed points.

Wind assisted Kerry were expected to put Tyrone on the back foot throughout the second half. However that situation never materialised as the entire Tyrone team produced a superb display of cohesive Camogie to completely boss the game. Led by the outstanding Reagan Fay they restricted Kerry to four points while at the same time added eight of their own.

Fay hit 0-5 during the course of the second period while Eimear Colton (1), Lára Devlin (1) and Catherine Muldoon (1) accounted for the remaining scores.

While the scoring was impressive it was the overall work rate of the team that was most impressive and which ultimately took them to the title.

The final whistle was greeted with wild celebration and great joy not just by those involved with the team but with the large and vocal Throne support who had travelled down to see the game.

Final score: Tyrone 3-12, Kerry 0-6

Tyrone become All Ireland Grade C Minor Champions

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