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Ulster Intermediate Camogie Final

Armagh v Cavan

Armagh were crowned Ulster Intermediate Champions on Saturday when comprehensively accounting for Cavan at the Morgan Athletic Grounds in Armagh.

This final was over to all intents and purposes after 15 minutes when the home side led by 2-7 to 0-2 and from here Armagh never looked back with it was a case of damage control after that for Cavan.

Armagh got off to a blistering start with a goal and three points in the opening two minutes.

The goal came from corner forward Michelle McGuigan from a pull off the ground and it found its way to the right corner of the net.

Armagh’s captain Bernie Murray leading by example got her 2nd point of the game before Tina Reilly got a badly need point for Cavan.

Michelle McGuigan stretched Tyrone’s lead to six and looking more and more dangerous in attack, Armagh hit again for another goal this time through left half forward Katie O’Brien.

Armagh now well on top added two further points and Cavan needing something fast did mange a point through Elaine Reilly but in reality it was green flags that was needed as they trailed by 11.

The teams traded scores, two points from Armagh, answered by a well taken free from Marie Brady.

But Armagh putting on the pressure on the Cavan goal added a further goal when the impressive Colette McSorley sent a rocket to the net.

Grainne Smith and Andrea Lynch tagged on points for Cavan nearing the break but Armagh relentless pounced for their fourth of the half when Orla Curry got on the end of Cavan keeper effort to save and lashed to the net.

With a mountain to climb at half time, Cavan were behind by a massive 17 points at the break 4- 10 to 0-5.

Armagh attacked from the restart and inside three minutes had already found the net for the 5th time with the brilliant Colette McSorely getting in for her second with an easy tap in goal.

With Armagh in total command leading by an impressive 5-13 to 0-5, it was a case of scoreboard management from here to the end for Cavan.

Not easy though when Armagh kept the scoreboard ticking over with a further 1-2, the goal this time coming from sub Shauna Smith.

The last quarter petered out to its inevitable conclusion with the game being played in Cavan’s half.

Despite the beat efforts from a gallant Cavan defence especially their keeper Jenny O Rourke, Armagh tacked on a further 7 points – two from subs Andrea McAlinden, Niamh McKeown, one each from Shauna Smith, Joanne Mallon and lively corner forward, Michelle McGuigan.

Cavan did get in for a late point their only score of the second half but it was Armagh who it was that was crowned Ulster Intermediate Camogie champions with an impressive display.

Bronagh Mone;

Clare McKinley, Ann McGuigan, Caoimhe McKenna;

Emma Farrell, Aoibheann McKenna, Grainne Kelly;

Laura Brunton, Niamh McKeown;

Brid O Hagan, Bernie Murray (Capt), Katie O’Brien;

Orla Curry, Colette McSorley, Michelle McGuigan.

Jenny O’Rourke;

Aoife Brady, Elaine Reilly, Niamh Brady;

Aileen Smith, Andrea Lynch, Siobhan Reynolds;

Rosie Crowe (Capt), Grainne Smith;

Tina O’Reilly, Elaine Reilly, Brid Boylan;

Brenda Lynch, Claire Fitzpatrick, Marie Brady.

C¾ilÝn Duffy
PRO Ulster Camogie Council
OCP Cumann Camogaiochta Uladh

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