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“Armagh Camogie Loose To RoscommonArmagh 3-11 Roscommon 4-12Armagh Senior camogs took on Roscommon in the Athletic Grounds Armagh on Saturday in the third game of the All Ireland Nancy Murray Cup Championship. The primary camogie teams of St. Brenda’s Ballymacnab and St. Patrick’s Keady served up an excellent game as the curtain raiser in the County Primary Championship Final. The sun shone, the atmosphere was electric a little bit like Wimbledon, no strawberries but orange and white ice-lollies were the treat of the day.In the opening minutes Colette McSorley bagged Armagh’s first score of the game with a classic goal. Roscommon’s Annette McGeeney put the finishing touch to the return serve to equalise. The sliothar rallied from end to end of the headquarters of Armagh GAA. Niamh McGeown and Bernie Murray were in control in centre field. Ulster College’s All Star Ciara Donnelly was causing havoc in the visitors defence. A nippy hand pass from Andrea McAlinden to sharp shooter Colette McSorley added another point to the board. Kelly Hopkins was also on target up field and equalised with a quick point from play. It was pulsating camogie with fabulous teamwork and skills on display. Colette McSorley converted a free and Armagh were ahead again.The game was played at a very fast pace. There was no speed clock to record the speed of the ball. There is no doubt the game of camogie being played in Armagh was braking records of speed, skill and stamina. A large crowd had come to watch the Primary Final and stayed on for the senior game.Cait Kenny dodged the Armagh defence and found the left hand corner of the net. The yellow and blue flags of the many visitors from Roscommon acknowledged her efforts. Unravelled by the two point deficit Armagh went on the rampage again. There was excellent interweaving of the sliothar between Laura Gribben, Emma Farrell, Grainne Kelly Pauala Mallon resulting in super point. Kelly Hopkins pointed from the return serve again. The versatile Ciara Donnelly pointed from a difficult angle under fierce pressure from the Roscommon defence to level the scores on the board with ten minutes remaining of the first half. Armagh 1 – 4 Roscommon 2 – 1.The visitors applied severe pressure on Armagh’s defence and were rewarded a penalty. Kelly Hopkins stepped up to the penalty task faced by a strong determined defence line of Michaela King, Colleen Comiskey, Anne McGuigan, Patrice Murphy and Caoimhe McKenna. Well stopped and the sliothar pivoted over the bar. Coleete McSorley connected on a low pass from Paula Mallon to rattle the net. Armagh stepped up the pace with further points from Ciara Donnelly, Grainne Kelly and Colette McSorley. Anette McGeeney and Grainne Egan pointed for the visitors to close the first half Armagh five points ahead. Score Armagh 2-10 Roscommon 2-5Roscommon commenced the second half totally dominating the field of play. A Grainne Egan goal narrowed the gap to two points. The visitors dominated the centre field rendering the Orchard forward line of any opportunity to create scores for twenty minutes. Roscommon surged forward on the score board. Ciara Donnelly accepted a briallant pass from club colleague Grainne Kelly dodged the goalkeeper to score Armagh first score of the second half on the twenty fifth minute. A point form Paula Mallon completed Armagh’s scoring for the game. Final score Armagh 3 – 11Roscommon 4 – 12Armagh scorers C Mc Sorley 2-7 (0-5f), C Donnelly 1-2,P Mallon, G Kelly 0-1 each.Roscommon scorers A Mc Geeney 2-1,G Egan 1-1,K Kenny 1-0, K Hopkins 0-6,C Curley 0-2, E Daly, A Morris 0-1 each.Armagh Team Michaela King Ballymacnab, Colleen Comiskey Keady, Anne McGuigan Middletown, Patrice Murphy Keady, Emma Farrell Derrynoose, Laura Gribben Ballymacnab, Caoimhe McKenna Derrynoose, Bernie Murray Culyhanna, Niamh McGeown Derrymacash, Ciara Donnelly Granemore, Grainne Kelly Granemore, Joanne Mallon Capt Middletown, Paula Mallon Middletown, Colette McSorley Tullysarron, Andraa McAlinden Derrymacash, Michelle Murphy Keady, Colleen O’Hare Granemore, Geraldine Curry Tullysarron, Aiobheann Donaldson Crossmaglen, Cathy SAmith Granemore, Grace Donaghy St. Brigid’s, Bronagh Keenan Granemore.Overall a fabulous day of camogie in Armagh. Congratulations to the primary St. Patrick’s Keady on winning the County Primary Championship and to St. Brenda’s Ballymacnab on serving up fabulous skills and entertainment prior to the senior game. Final score Keady 3-2 Nab 1-2. Well done to Kelly Mallon one of Armagh’s young refeeres on refeering the game. Well done to Armagh and Roscommon players and referee Colum Cunning Antrim. Armagh meet Tyrone next.MATCH TIME CHANGEULSTER CAMOGIE FINALS DAY 4TH JULY – PAIRC ESLER NEWRY CO. DOWNMATCH TIME CHANGES OWING TO GAA MATCH -SFC DOWN V LONDON AT 7.00PMOVER 40’S – START TIME NOW 12.00JUNIOR FINAL – MONAGHAN V TYRONE NOW 1.00PMSENIOR FINAL – ANTRIM V DERRY NOW 3.00PM”

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