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Tyrone Under 14 Camogs Win Ulster Shield.

Sunday 08.09.2013
Team Talk Mag
Club


The damp weather and dull skies did nothing to detract from the excellent Camogie on show on Saturday in Cavan. The Tyrone under 14’s made the long journey to PJ Duke Park in Stradone to play Cavan in the Ulster shield final. Tyrone were buoyed by their dominant display against Donegal last week while Cavan were on a high from their Ulster blitz win a few weeks ago which saw them beating the Red Hands by a narrow margin.
The game started at a blistering pace with all the early action around the Cavan goal mouth. It took five minutes before Tyrone’s forward Amy Barrett was able to break down the Cavan defensive wall and when she scored a super goal. Cavan’s response however was immediate and they scored an exceptional point from long range.
Tyrone captain Leanne Donnelly was dominating the middle of the park and helping to keep her team on top. Tyrone were being forced to defend stoutly with some outstanding work and goal line stops from goal keeper Niamh Mc Nulty. Aisling McLaughlin and Oisin Grogan helped hold the defensive line as Cavan pressed but were unable to penetrate the well organised Tyrone defence. Tyrone broke free again and a Donnelly free found Barrett again to extend their lead.
With some great attacking play from both sides it seemed that the goalmouths were leading a charmed life but eventually Cavan managed to scramble the ball over the line for a goal of their own. Cavan produced a period of good work from their forwards which resulted in two points from open play.
As half time approachedTyrone had one last chance before the whistle sounded when Orla Donnelly won the ball and passed to Donnelly who delivered a superb pass to Catherine Donnely and she fired to the net to ensure Tyrone went in at the breaking leading 3-0 to Cavan’s 1-3.
The second half started with Cavan showing several changes and they scored a goal within two minutes. The play swung from end to end and as the rain eased some excellent defending from Orla Coyle and Niamh Donnelly set up a Red Hands breakaway that resulted in another Tyrone goal from Catherine Donnelly. Cavan battled back again and scored another two points as the play as both teams fought for supremacy.
With six minutes remaining on the clock Cavan launched a high ball into the Tyrone goal which looped over the back line into the net and gave the Breffni girls the lead for the first time in the match. McNulty in goals once again found herself under intense pressure as Cavan pushed to seal the game but showing great composure she remained calm and was able to clear her lines.
Tyrone fought their way up the field and they were awarded a free that saw Catherine Muldoon’s effort sail straight into the goal. The score meant Tyrone led by a point when Muldoon again took another free and did exactly the same thing showing great accuracy and composure to score a fabulous goal.

Cavan replied instantly hitting an excellent goal to narrow the gap to a point. The final three minutes saw some explosive tackles as both teams battled for the win. In the end Tyrone lifted the title on a score-line Cavan 4-5 Tyrone 6-0.
It was without doubt a nail biting experience for all the travelling supporters .
A big thank you to all the players, supporters and especially managers Fionnuala McGrath and Gareth Fox for all their hard work throughout the summer.
Cavan were gracious in defeat and Tyrone camogie would like to thank PJ Duke Park club for their kind hospitality.
The team will now travel to Dublin next week for the All Ireland Blitz.

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