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Under 16 Camogie Side Comes Up Short
Tyrone U16 camogie side produced a battling second half performance to push favourites Cavan all the way in their D Grade All Ireland series played at the splendid Pairc Eire Óg on Sunday afternoon.
The Red Hand side showed great character and resolve to come from 1-4 to 0-1 down in the first half to level the match ten minutes into the second half and then push the Breffni girls all the way only to lose 1-8 to 2-4 at the end.
The home side opened the scoring with a converted free from Catherine Moohan but even at that stage Tyrone were struggling with the physicality and athleticism of their opponents.
Cavan began to exert control and a goal from the very skilful Grace Devine plus points from Fiona Finnegan and Sarah Moloney put their team in a very strong position midway through the first half. A converted 45 from the stick of Eabha Slowey stretched the lead to 1-4 to 0-1 in favour of the visitors.
With five minutes of the half remaining it looked like Cavan might push on and build an unassailable lead. Tyrone were forced to dig deep but they were rewarded with two points just before the break from Moohan again and from the industrious Orlaith Mc Elduff who along with Kate Daly was having a superb game.
Defences were very much on top in the second half but a superbly struck 45 from Daly tied the game and asked questions of Cavan. The Breffni side responded well hitting four in a row to move clear again with Amelia Bannon (1) and Fiona Finnegan (3) on target.
Tyrone however refused to yield and with Gemma Daly, Eabha Coyle and Kate Daly to the fore they put Cavan on the back foot. Beibhin Moloney took advantage of hesitancy in the Cavan defence to fire to the net and leave a single point between the teams. Unfortunately for Siobhan Mc Nulty and her colleagues there was just not enough time on the clock and the full time whistle sounded with a final score of Cavan 1-8, Tyrone 2-4.