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LEINSTER rivals Meath and Laois enjoyed their trip to O’Moore Park on Saturday evening where they shared the spoils in a tightly fought Gala All Ireland junior camogie championship tie in the New Ireland Cup. Played as a curtain-raiser to the All Ireland SHC qualifier between Laois and Antrim, this result puts Meath on top of the group with three points from two games, while much will hinge on Laois’ final match, a trip to Antrim in three weeks.


With the home support growing in Portlaoise, Laois were forced to pull on all their reserves with a late point from Louise Mahony in the dying minutes to rescue the draw, 1-7 apiece. Prior to that, it was the Meath girls who rallied. Approaching the final minute of play and two points down, Derbhla O’Carroll rattled the net to move one point clear but the home side spurred on by the local following had the final say.


The Royals held a narrow lead at the break, 0-7 to 1-3 with the Laois major coming from the stick of Trish Cuddy mid way through the half. The O’Moore girls pushed ahead entering the home straight but following good work from Elizabeth Oakes, O’Carroll secured the vital goal. However, Mahony was on hand to level matters deep in injury time.


Elsewhere in the Nancy Murray Cup, Kildare kept their unbeaten record intact with a comfortable triumph over Carlow, 1-13 to 1-4, in the Eire Og GAA grounds in Caragh. A personal tally of 1-6 from their ace attacker Susie O’Carroll was the main difference in this tie. Valerie Crean was on target for the Barrowsiders with 1-1.


Roscommon collected their second set of points with their emphatic victory over Westmeath at Athleague. Sinead O’Brien netted a hat-trick in their 5-10 to 0-6 score line.


Meanwhile, Katie McAuley was voted Player of the Match in the Ulster senior final at Park Esler on Saturday. Her tally of 1-8 proved significant for Derry in their 2-17 to 2-8 victory over Antrim. This was despite the best efforts of Emma McMullen who bagged 2-5 for the Saffrons. In the junior final Tyrone proved far too strong for Monaghan.



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