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Coláistí Ghleann na Ró win first Ulster camogie title

Coláistí Ghleann na Ró beat St Columba’s Portaferry to win their first Ulster camogie title
Seamus McAleenan

Ulster Shield Junior final: Gleann na Ró 4-2 St Columba's Portaferry 2-3

Coláistí Ghleann na Ró have taken their first Ulster camogie title pulling away during the second half of their Junior Shield final in Ballymena.

The north Derry combination, drawn from Gaelcholáiste Dhoire Dungiven and St Mary's Limavady, had standout performances from Sleacht Néill's Cliodhna Ní Mhianáin at centre back and Drumsurn's Caitlin Cassidy in midfield while Niamh Savage and Clea Doran did well for Portaferry.

Gleann na Ró led by 1-3 to 1-1 at the break with Caitlin Cassidy scoring 1-1 directly from frees, while Sinead Toner accounted for Portaferry's total.

In the second half the Gleann na Ró girls made better use of their chances and managed to force home three goals, two from Caitlin Mailey and the other from Seana McLaughlin.

It was all Portaferry during the final quarter, but resolute defending meant the Down girls only managed one further score, a goal from Megan Gilmore.

Gleann na Ró: Caitlin Mailey (2-0), Caitlin Cassidy (1-1), Seana McLaughlin (1-0), Keeley Ní Bhrolcháin (0-1);).

St Columba's: Sinéád Toner 1-2, Megan Gilmore 1-0

Aoife Ní Chaiside (Sleacht Néill) presented the trophy at the end

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