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Tyrone Camogs Lose To Dublin

Sunday 01.07.2012
Team Talk Mag
Club


The Tyrone senior team hosted a talented Dublin squad in Pairc Chormaic on Saturday past in the All Ireland Junior A championship. The heavy downpours of the previous week were absent as the sun was out to complement an excellent surface. Dublin are the current All Ireland League Division 4 champions and their full talent was on show. The start was frantic and within five minutes Tyrone narrowly missed a point when captain Aisling Corr was awarded a free on the 45 metre line. Dublin’s Joeleen Hoary pounced on a loose ball and scored their first point. There was a lot physical play in the centre of the park and Hoary was the beneficiary of an excellent pass and she made no mistake and found the back of the net. Tyrone coped well with the pressure and Niamh McNulty received a perfect pass from Corr but her shot went wide from a tight angle. Dublin again applied the pressure and Tyrone’s Siobhan Hughes and Ciara McGready were resolute in defence while Catherine Hanna was strong and determined against a strong and physical forward line. Tyrone goal keeper Kelley Anne Fay made some outstanding saves that kept Dublin at bay. Fay was able to find her midfield players with quality distribution and Tyrone were not by any means outclassed. Maria Jordan received the ball from Fay and in turn Niamh McNulty was singled out with a precise pass and a goal resulted for the young forward. There was another fierce battle in the midfield and as a result the ball fell kindly for Dublin and an unmarked Hoary again scored a great goal. Tyrone had two good scoring opportunities from frees but the high winds were making accurate shooting difficult and wides were all they had to show. Dublin cranked up the pressure and within five minutes registered another goal and two points. The game was being played at a great pace and McNulty gave Tyrone another goal that kept the home side close enough to be in the game. Ursula McKernan and Claire McGuckin were introduced for Tyrone. Dublin scored another point before the half time whistle blew and the scoreboard read Tyrone 2.0 Dublin 3.4.

The second half started in the same manner as the first half had with both sides going in hard at every tackle. Maria Jordan scored a long range free for the home side within the opening minute. Dublin responded well and scored a point of their own shortly after. There then followed a ten minute spell without any scores and the Tyrone players were first to every ball and Julie Lagan tortured her marker with her pace and accuracy but that period of dominance failed to yield any scores. Dublin had little of the play but were clinical when they had the ball and scored another point after 10 minutes of the second half. Tyrone were enjoying all the play and Dublin were unable to cope with the Tyrone midfield of Corr and the Jordans. Orla Foley was in superb form and won a number of frees with her fine play. Whenever the ball did manage to get past the half way line for Dublin Niamh Gavin was on hand to return the ball with interest.
Laura Barker and Lauren Fitzgerald were introduced and with their introduction the team seemed to gel and get stronger. Emma Fitzgerald was at times too pacy for her marker. In the resulting frees Maria and Shauna Jordan found their range with two brilliant points. A lapse in the Tyrone defence let Dublin in for a two on one with Fay in goals but it resulted in a brilliant stop and clearance from the inform Tyrone goal keeper. There was five minutes left when Dublin got a fortunate free and a deflected goal was scored. Tyrone went straight up the field and Corr scored a goal of her own from close range. Maria Jordan who was at the centre of everything scored another point and at that the final whistle blew. The final score was Tyrone 3.5 Dublin 4.6.
The Tyrone scorers Aisling Corr 1.1 Shauna Jordan 0.1 Niamh McNulty 2.0 Maria Jordan 0.3.
Tyrone will now face Offaly away next week and the girls will take heart from their excellent display against an outstanding Dublin side.
Everyone at Tyrone camogie would like to wish Eglish under 14s every success when they travel to Dublin to represent Tyrone in the All Ireland Féile. Congratulations also to the Tyrone Minor footballers after their win against a strong Derry side on Saturday. Tyrone goal keeper Kelley Anne Fay is on the staff of the minor panel and we wish her all the best in the final.

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