Hurling and camogie

BY SÉAMAS McALEENAN

Aine McAllister's 0-9 for Derry against Kerry helped the Oak Leafers book their place in the knockout stages of the All-Ireland Intermediate Camogie Championship
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All-Ireland Intermediate Camogie Championship: Kerry 0-9 Derry 2-17

DERRY are through to the knock-out stages of the All-Ireland Intermediate Championship with their second convincing victory on the road in as many weeks.

Last week they defeated seeded team Laois in Portlaoise and on Saturday they travelled to Lixnaw and came away with victory by 14 points against a Kerry side that had beaten Tipperary in their first round game.

Derry were strong defensively and were also able to get through to pick off scores with ease. Captain Áine McAllister was her side's most lethal finisher with nine points, while Aoife Shaw and Dervla O'Kane grabbed the goals, one in each half.

Derry started strongly and were awarded a penalty inside 30 seconds, when Therese Mellon was brought down. However, Louise Dougan's strike was saved by Aoife Fitzgerald.

Patrice Diggin and Kate Lynch had Kerry ahead 0-2 to 0-1 after seven minutes, but Aoife Shaw found the back of the net in the next attack and Derry began to pull away. They led by 1-4 to 0-3 at the water break and scored the next five points before the home side finished the half with points from Patrice Diggin, Kate Lynch and a Jackie Horgan free to give them some hope.

The Kingdom looked brighter as the second half began, Horgan getting a quick point. But Dervla O'Kane hit Derry's second goal in the 42nd minute and it took over 15 minutes for Kerry to register their second score of the half.

Derry finished with six unanswered scores in the final six minutes of play to push home their advantage and they are now one of the favourites to land the intermediate title they last won in 2012.

In the other group game, Laois beat Tipperary 3-11 to 1-12. Tipperary visit Owenbeg in the final group game this weekend with the home side only needing to avoid defeat to top the group.

Kerry: A Fitzgerald, E Ryall, N Leen, M Costello, P Diggin 0-2, S Murphy, Á O'Connor, A Behan, K Lynch (0-2), AM Leen, L Collins (0-1), R McCarthy, A O'Sullivan, J Horgan (0-4 frees), C Spillane

Subs: J Fitzell for A Behan (h-t), N Casey for C Spillane (40), E Slattery for A O'Sullivan (50), S Leahy for A O'Connor (57), B Horan for L Collins (57)

Derry: N Gribbin, C Ní Mhianáin, A Ní Chaiside, R Cassidy, C Glass, L Dougan 0-1, O McGuigan, Á McAllister (0-9, 0-7 frees), M Kerr (0-1), S Mellon (0-1), S Graham (0-2), M Rafferty, T Mellon (0-1), A Shaw (1-2), D O'Kane (1-0)

Subs: A McGill for M Rafferty (36), S McGill for C Ní Mhianáin (50), C Gunning for S Mellon (50), N Nugent for C Glass (51), L McBride for D O'Kane (55)

Referee: A Hogg (Clare)

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Hurling and camogie