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Camogs comeback!

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

THE Down Camogs welcomed Galway to a sun-drenched Pairc Esler in Newry yesterday for the third round of the Liberty Insurance All Ireland Intermediate Championship.

Down were sitting third in the group after two draws in the previous games.

Galway settled the quicker and backed by a very strong breeze ran up an early lead of 1-03 to 0-01, the girls kept battling and ate into the lead with some very well taken points.

The Galway puck outs were catching the Down girls out as they were landing well beyond the midfield and their forwards were making great runs and soon got a second goal.

The Down heads never went down and they kept on battling and they got the score back to three points when they were dealt another blow with two Galway goals.

Paula Gribben got the Down goal in the first half. The half time score was Galway 3-08 to Down 1-09.

The second half was all Down and every player became sharper, the forwards were making great runs and the camogie on display was excellent with all the skills of the game on display, high fielding, blocking, tackling and accuracy from scoring.

Galway only scored 2-02 in the second half with both goals coming late on in the game. Down notched up 2-10 in the second half with a number of players getting their name on the scoresheet.

There were strong performances all over the pitch, especially in the second half Sara Louise Carr was immense at centre forward throughout the game with an exhibition of high catching and scores from play.

Paula Gribben in midfield worked tirelessly throughout the match and finished with the first half with a fabulous goal.

Alongside her was Maebh O'Hare who worked really hard, Niamh Mallon at full forward came deep at times to win the ball and had a great second half Corner forwards Neisha Mc- Cullough and Danielle Toner were very unlucky not to get on the scoresheet as well. Aimee McAleenan and Cassie Fitzpatrick both got onto the scoresheet.

The defence marked the Galway players very tight and their tackling put the forwards under immense pressure and forced them to shoot from awkward angles.

Maria McNally at full back marshalled her troops in front encouraging them all the time, she had terrific support in the full back line from Clare McGilligan and Caoimhe Byrne.

Dearbhla Magee made a very welcome return to the half backline after having surgery and alongside her there were very strong performances from Alannah Savage and Sabrina Mc- Cullough.

Last but by no means least young Lauren Clarke in nets made some crucial saves when the team was under pressure.

Aoife Savage replaced Caoimhe Byrne, Catriona Caldwell came on for Maebh O'Hare and scored a point and Megan O'Reilly replaced Neisha McCullough in the forward line.

It's just a shame that more people don't come out and support the girls, they train hard and work very hard for each other on the pitch and it would be a real boost if they had more support at the games.

Team and scorers: 1: Lauren Clarke, 2: Caoimhe Byrne, 3: Maria McNally, 4: Clare McGilligan, 5: Alannah Savage, 6: Dearbhla Magee, 7: Sabrina Mc- Cullough, 8: Maebh O'Hare, 9: Paula Gribben 1-05, 10: Cassie Fitzpatrick 1-01, 11: Sara-Louise Carr 0-06, 12: Aimee McAleenan 0-01, 13: Neisha McCullough, 14: Niamh Mallon 1-05, 15: Danielle Toner, 16: Nicola McCabe, 17: Cori Smyth, 18: Amanda Wood, 19: Aoife Savage, 20: Caitriona Caldwell 0-01, 21: Megan O'Reilly came on for Neisha McCullough, 22: Nicola O'Hagan.

At this stage the girls have to games left to play Meath and Cork.

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