Tuesday, 26 June 2018

Two wins on bounce for Down camogs
Carlow 0-14 Down 2-13


DOWN camogs made the long journey to Carlow on Saturday but came home with victory in the second game in the Liberty Insurance Intermediate Camogie Championship, writes Theresa Carr.
There was a number of changes from the team that played against Derry the previous Saturday as
Clonduff's Clara Cowan started in place of the injured Sara Louise Carr, Lizzie Wilson was in the half-back line for Deirbhile Savage and Eimear Rushe started in the half forward line as the management made a number of enforced positional changes due to the injury of Cassie Fitzpatrick. Clare McGilligan started in the corner back position, in midfield Paula O'Hagan was partnered by Dearbhle Magee in the middle of the park, the half forward line had a completely new look with Eimear Rushe, Aimee McAleenan and Clara Cowan taking the starting positions and the full forward line was Orla Gribben, Niamh Mallon and Saoirse Sands.
Carlow started strongly with two points one of these was one of the only two scores from play that they managed over the hour. The rest of their 12 scores came from the impressive free taker Eleanor Tracey.
Down were on top all over the pitch and had a range of scorers, with five girls getting their names on the score sheet in the first half, the half time score was eight points each and this was not a true reflection on the game because Down could and possibly should have had at least one goal in the first half and there were some dubious frees awarded to Carlow from the referee which kept Carlow in the game.
The second half continued in the same way with Down playing some wonderful attacking camogie with great support play all over the pitch. Aimee and Dearbhle switched positions and Dearbhle topped of a fine performance with a great goal, she finished the game as Down's top scorer with 1-03 all from play. The second goal was a long range shot for a point from midfielder Paula O'Hagan which dropped into the net.
Once again this was a fine performance from the Down girls defensively they were very strong, Nicole Kelly, Alannah Savage and Catherine Rocks have firmly cemented their positions in the full back and half back lines, Clare McGilligan started in the corner and moved out to the half back line where she was very good, Fionnuala Carr continues to the be leader in the defence playing a sweeper role to perfection, Lizzie Wilson tackled and hassled her opponent continuously never giving them an inch.
Paula O'Hagan continued to cover every blade of grass and both of the girls she was partnered with in the midfield had fine performances. Clara Cowan continued where she left off last week with another great display, topping it off with the last Down point of the day. Saoirse Sands grows in confidence all the time and had a great game scoring two fine points from play. Niamh and Orla in the full forward line worked tirelessly making runs and always running at the defence causing them numerous problems. Eimear Rushe also put in a fine performance for her first start in the championship. The girls now have a break for a couple of weeks, next up is Cork who have notched up two big wins to date in the All-Ireland series.
Scorers: Dearbhle Magee 1-03, Paula O Hagan 1-02, Niamh Mallon 0-04, Saoirse Sands 0-02, Aimee McAleenan 0-01, Clara Cowan 0-01.


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