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Ulster Title For Senior Camogie Side

Sunday 12.05.2024
Team Talk Mag
Camogie


 

Tyrone went into the Ulster Junior Championship Final in Armagh on Sunday against Down as underdogs but made light of that label on their way to a 3-15 to 2-5 win. Played on the splendid surface of Pearse Óg pitch Tyrone produced their best display of the year to win comfortably in the end.

The Red Hand county were rocked on their heels when Down took advantage of early hesitancy in the Tyrone defence and corner forward Neamh Burns fired to the net inside the first minute.

Tyrone recovered and settled to the task and with Bronagh Moohan sweeping superbly they held the Down girls in a vice like grip for the remainder of the half. The half back line of Una Mc Cann, Aine Cunningham and Aoife Mc Donald made light of the Down forwards repelling attack after attack.

The midfield pairing of Olibhia Farley and Grainne Mc Donald hurled with intensity around the middle third turning defence into attack throughout the game. Player of the match Lara Devlin was superb and along with Siobhan Donnelly and Roisin O’Neill kept the Down defence on their toes throughout. The full forward line of Cara Little, Lauren Fitzgerald and Mairead Donnelly worked hard throughout making and taking scores while forcing the Down defence into panicked clearances and forced mistakes.

After Down opened the scoring Tyrone replied with four unanswered points courtesy of Roisin O’Neill, Olibhia Farley, Lara Devlin and Cara Little before a point from Ellen Sields tied the score at 0-4 to 1-1.

Midway through the half Cara Little landed Tyrone’s first goal of the game with a superb finish. From then until half time Tyrone dominated and hit seven points in a row without reply to go in at the break leading 1-11 to 1-1. Among the scorers were Little again, Lara Devlin, Lauren Fitzgerald, Farley and team captain Siobhan Donnelly.

Down took to the field for the second half in determined mood and went on the attack from the off. Another Sheils point and one from the stick of Neamh Burns signalled their intent. When they hit the net for their second goal playing wind assisted, it seemed like the comeback was on. However the Tyrone defence stood tall with goalkeeper Eimear Colton superb and the fullback line outstanding.

Lara Devlin and Lauren Fitzgerald fired over to take the pressure off the team before Devlin slalomed through the Mourne county defence before firing to the net. With fourteen minutes remaining Down found themselves nine points behind.

Tyrone made several changes as the game entered the closing minutes. Cara Little hit her side’s third goal to extinguish any lingering hope Down may have had.Both sides added two points a piece during the closing minutes but Tyrone were not to be denied and they added the Ulster Junior title to the league crown they claimed just four weeks ago.

Final score: Tyrone 3-15, Down 2-5

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