Clonduff camogs lose out in final minutes of game.

Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Clonduff camogs lose out in final minutes of game. thumbnail The Clonduff Camogs pictured before throw-in.

CLONDUFF Camogs suffered the most heart-breaking defeat at Granemore on Saturday against last year's All Ireland finalists Eglish.

Eglish (Tyrone)...1-14
Clonduff (Down)...2-9.

Eglish were going for their third title in a row but Clonduff hoped to disrupt their plans and almost succeeded.

Clonduff opened the scoring with a point from Karen Haughey but Eglish's nippy forwards soon equalised and then went ahead with a well-taken goal and a point leading 1-02 to 0-01 - this was the largest margin between the teams at any point in the game but it wasn't long before Clonduff had the score-line balanced at 1-02 each with a goal from Karen Gribben and a pointed free from Paula Gribben.

Scores were exchanged between both teams and at half time there was nothing separating the sides at 1-05 each.

Clonduff probably had the wind advantage in the first half and should have gone in with a few points to spare but the Eglish defence were superb and thwarted attack after attack from their opponents.

The second half started much the same as the first with no inch given and none taken.

Paula Gribben and Maria Jordan exchanged points before an outstanding score from Orla Gribben which was worth entrance money alone and put Clonduff 2-6 to 1-6 ahead.

This should have given Clonduff a cushion and push forward but Eglish replied with three unanswered points to level again; Paula Gribben and Sarah Louise Carr opened a two point gap for Clonduff before Fionnuala Carr saved a penalty in the 49th minute, when Clare McGilligan brought down Eglish's Aisling Jordan who was running through on goal.

Clonduff had a goal opportunity so cleanly hit by Lizzie Wilson but it rebounded off the crossbar to deny a Clonduff score.

When the 30 minutes were up the score line was a draw and perhaps if it had ended this way both teams would have been happy and the supporters would have agreed that a draw would have been a fair result, however this was not to be the case and Eglish finished strongly taking two superb scores one from a from free and open play.

This was an exceptional game and highly contested from both sides and it was unfortunate there had to be a loser but that's sport. Clonduff can be very proud of themselves and their performance and live to fight another day.

Clonduff Team: Kitty Fegan, Orla Morgan, Jenna Boden, Nicola O'Hagan, Orla Caldwell, Fionnuala Carr, Clare McGilligan, Paula Gribben Capt. 0-6, 0- 2 frees, Cassie Fitzpatrick 0-1, Orla Gribben 1-0, Sara Louise Carr 0-1, Clara Cowan, Katie McGilligan, Roisin Mulholland, Karen Haughey 1-1.

Subs used: Beth Fitzpatrick for Roisin Mulholland, Lizzie Wilson for Katie McGilligan, Hannah McAteer for Orla Morgan.


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