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Camogs crumble Orchard to secure Ulster final place.

Wednesday, 30 May 2018

Camogs crumble Orchard to secure Ulster final place. thumbnailDown’s Paula O’Hagan beats Armagh’s Eimear Smyth to a high ball at Mayobridge on Sunday.

PLAYING with the breeze the Down girls took the game to Armagh right from the start and were first to register a score with a point from the dangerous Niamh Mallon.

Down...2-18
Armagh...0-07

They were guilty of a few wides before Sara-Louise Carr knocked over the second point.

Down were dominant all over the pitch with the defence smothering any attacks the Armagh girls had.

Aimee McAleenan put over a glorious point from some distance.

Niamh notched over another point from play and this was followed by a point from a free for the very industrious Paula O'Hagan.

Niamh Mallon scored three more points for Down, while Armagh sharpshooter Ciara Donnelly scored three points from frees.

Down kept the pressure up and there were more scores from Maria Higgins who got a goal and Aimee McAleenan, Niamh Mallon and Paula O'Hagan registered points for Down before the half-time whistle blew.

The half-time score was Down 1-13 Armagh 0-03.

The wind picked up at half time and the Down girls struggled to come to grips with it because they dropped a number of balls short and into the 'keeper's hands.

Armagh had scores from Leanne Donnelly 0-02, Rachael Merry 0-01, Catherine Beagan 0-01 and Ciara Donnelly 0-01.

However, Down continued to dominate and picked off points from Sara Louise 0-02, Paula 0- 02 and Niamh 0-01.

Caitlin McCartan finished off the game with Down's second goal after a wonderful passage of team play that started in the defence.

Full-time score: Down 2-18 Armagh 0-07.

Defensively Down were on top and were rarely tested.

There were strong performances from the half back line of Catherine Rocks, Fionnuala Carr and Clare McGilligan, while the full back line were equally strong and cleared any threats from the Armagh forwards.

Paula O'Hagan worked tirelessly in the middle and Cassie Fitzpatrick had a very strong second half. Up front Niamh Mallon was a constant threat and Aimee McAleenan was also excellent.

Sara Louise was pulled out to centre half forward and had a superb game. Orla Gribben, Lizzie Wilson, Maria Higgins and all the girls who replaced them all put in very strong performances.

There will certainly be big demand on the starting jerseys for next week's final against the other semi-final winners, Derry who came away with a one-point win over Antrim.

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