Hurling & Camogie

Ulster sides struggle against big guns in All-Ireland senior camogie action

Derry, Antrim and Down all fell to home defeats

Derry’s Niamh Quinn and Eimear McGrath
Derry’s Niamh Quinn blocks Eimear McGrath of Tipperary from reaching the net during Saturday’s game in Owenbeg. Picture: Margaret McLaughlin (MARGARET MCLAUGHLIN PHOTOGRAPHY )

Glen Dimplex All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship round two

Group 1

Derry 0-13 Tipperary 5-22

Waterford 5-15 Limerick 0-9

Antrim 0-9 Kilkenny 6-15

DERRY found out how difficult life can be in the All-Ireland senior championship when they hosted recently crowned Division One champions Tipperary in Owenbeg on Saturday.

There were periods in the game when they played reasonably well, such as the first quarter and last 10 minutes, but Tipperary’s pace throughout, the movement in their forward line and overall accuracy were all just a notch higher.

Derry cancelled out the first two points from Clodagh McIntyre and Eimear McGrath with scores from Orlaith Hull and Aoife Shaw, both well worked moves.

However, Tipperary quickly pulled clear again with a run of five scores that delivered six points, Eimear McGrath’s side-line cut earning her two points.

Derry stuck to their task and hit back with three scores in a row, two from Aoife Shaw with one from Olivia Rafferty to leave it 0-8 to 0-5 after 15 minutes.

Tipperary moved up a gear for the second quarter and were 2-17 to 0-6 clear by half-time. The first goal was finished by McGrath in the 20th minute after good approach work from Eimear Heffernan and Mary Ryan and seven minutes later the impressive Róisín Howard bagged the second.

Inside three minutes of the re-start the Munster side had mounted four attacks. Two of those doubled their wide count while the other two delivered excellently created goals for Howard and McIntyre.

Heffernan hit a fifth goal eight minutes in, but Derry responded with four points, including three from the ever-industrious Áine Barton.

The last quarter produced three points for each team, but no slacking in the pace as the Tipperary subs did their best to win a starting jersey for next week against Antrim.

This Saturday, Derry will host Limerick, who lost in Walsh Park by 5-15 to 0-9 against Waterford.

Waterford led by 2-11 to 0-2 at the break, both goals scored by Máiréad O’Brien. They added the other three before the 50th minute from Orla Hickey, Maggie Gostle and sub Annie Fitzgerald, while most of Limerick’s scores came from free-taker Caoimhe Costello.

In contrast to Derry who had a decent first quarter in Owenbeg, Antrim conceded three goals during that period in Corrigan Park to a very incisive Kilkenny team – and that despite Maeve Kelly opening the scoring with a point.

Julieanne Malone cancelled that score and then grabbed a goal in the fifth minute.

Although Roisín McCormick and Aoife Prenderghast swapped points from frees, goals from Kate Nolan and Asha McHardy inside 60 seconds opened up a 3-2 to 0-2 lead.

Four scores from McCormick clawed back some ground during the second quarter, but Malone’s second goal in the 26th minute left the Saffrons trailing by 4-7 to 0-6 at the break.

McCormick opened the second-half scoring, but Sarah Barcoe hit back with a goal and two points and Kilkenny went on to bag a further six points.

Cassie McArthur and Caitrín Dobbin responded with Antrim points before Asha McHardy claimed her second goal in added time to complete Kilkenny’s second win and leave Antrim in trouble at the bottom of the table after the loss of two home games.

Next up for Antrim is a trip to Tipp on Saturday.

Derry A Shaw 0-4 (0-1f); Á Barton 0-3 (0-2f); O Rafferty 0-2; A Ní Chaiside, Á McGill,O Hull & A Lennon 0-1 each

Tipperary E McGrath 1-11 (0-7f, 0-2 sideline); R Howard 2-2; C McIntyre 1-4;

E Heffernan 1-1; G O’Brien 0-3; J Kelly 0-1

Antrim R McCormick 0-6 (0-4f; M Kelly, C McArthur & C Dobbin 0-1 each

Kilkenny J Malone 2-2; A McHardy 2-1; K Nolan & S Barcoe 1-2 each; A Prenderghast 0-4 (0-3f); S O’Dwyer 0-2; L Murphy & D Quigley 0-1 each

Group 2

Down 1-7 Cork 4-21

Wexford 2-15 Galway 2-15

Dublin 0-18 Clare 0-9

CHAMPIONS Cork picked up their second victory against Down in Páirc Esler on Saturday.

Down competed gamely during the first half and would have been reasonably happy to have kept the gap to 2-13 to 1-5 at the break. Katriona Mackey and Fiona Keating did the damage with the goals.

Mackey impressed overall with a goal and eight points, while former Down star Sorcha McCartan and Keating were also strong in attack for the Leesiders.

Down’s goal was superbly executed by Saoirse Sands, while the Portaferry forward, along with Ciara Fitzsimons and Beth Fitzpatrick, weighed in with some good points.

McCartan, however, fired to the Down net in the second half and a fourth goal, from Clare Mullins, kept the scoreboard moving for them despite a fine defensive display against the wind from Down.

Fitzpatrick, along with Sands, Sophie McGrath, Dearbhla Magee and Aoife McDowell featured prominently for them, while Aoife Sherry saved a penalty from McCartan.

The shock of the round came in Wexford where Galway were held to a 2-15 each draw.

An Anais Curran goal at the end of the opening quarter briefly put Wexford up, but it was Galway who were generally a point or two ahead throughout the game. Máiréad Dillon’s goal after 24 minutes helped them to a 1-8 to 1-6 lead at the break.

Two points from Curran and another from Linda Bulger tied the teams at 1-9 each, but it looked as if the visitors had made a key break when Aoife Donohue goaled in the 48th minute.

Sixty seconds later, however, Chloe Foxe cancelled it out and then there was a race to the finish line with two late frees from Curran tying the scores.

Dublin recorded a double-scores win over Clare in the other game, with Aoife Gannon and Aisling Maher their main scorers.

Down S Sands 1-2; C Fitzsimons 0-3; B Fitzpatrick 0-2

Cork K Mackey 1-8; S McCartan 1-2; F Keating 1-1; C Mullins 1-0; C Finn 0-3; C Healy, E Murphy & R Harty 0-2 each; H Ryan 0-1