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Tyrone Camogie Team Defeat Kildare
Expectations were high as Tyrone travelled to Kildare on Sunday past to play their first All-Ireland League Division 4 fixture of the year. The game started with the temperature gauge registering negative and a fierce wind blowing.
Both teams had a cagey start and they were not dealing with the conditions at all. The play was somewhat broken at times. There were a few goal mouth scrambles but Tyrone’s defence was sound. Ciara McGready made some superb stops and Kildare found the diminutive defender hard to pass. Aisling Corr made a burst for space and skilfully slotted the first point after 12 minutes. The score was all the game deserved so far as play was scrappy at times. Kildare had the strong wind in their favour but failed to capitalise and nothing to show bar a few wides. Shauna Jordan was majestic in half forward and Kildare failed to stop many a long run from her. The ball eventually broke and it was the home side that drew level with a long range effort. Emma McShane was feisty in the middle of the park and she laid the sliotar off to Maria Jordan to score another point for Tyrone. The strong win again came to Kildare’s aid but Aileen Fox and McGready came out on top again. The half petered out with a score line of Kildare 0:1 Tyrone 0:2
The second half started much the same but with the wind at their backs Tyrone took a point from open play when Corr again was quick to react. From the resulting puck out Kildare slotted home an excellent point. The momentum was clearly going Tyrone’s way and a passage of play involving Shauna Jordan , Emma McAliskey and Maria Jordan resulted in another point. Maria Jordan also slotted a free from the tightest of angles in what seemed impossible. Tyrone’s Captain Julie Lagan was as usual strong and determined and was relishing the game despite receiving a nasty gash on her knee. There was 15 minutes on the clock when Corr took another two points. Kildare lifted their deflation a little when they scored against the run of play. Niamh McNuly, Kathryn Campbell and Laura Logue all came off the subs bench and made immediate impact on the game. Jane Canavan’s dedication was noted but she had to give way with a muscle injury. Emma McAliskey pounced on the ball and fired it into the back of the net after Jordan took another point. Emma Fitzgerald was dogged with her determination in midfield and dominated her marker as did Niamh Gavin. Tyrone keeper Cara Fitzgerald had a steady game after a long absence through injury. A massive thanks to Tyrone GAA for the use of their red away strip as there was a clash of colours.
The game ended with a score line of Kildare 1:2 Tyrone 1:10.
Tyrone scores; Maria Jordan 0:5,Aisling Corr 0:5, Emma McAliskey 1:0