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Camogs crash out at semi-final stage

There will be no ‘three in a row’ of Derry senior camogie titles for champions Eoghan Rua, Coleraine as they crashed out of the championship at the semi-final stage last week to Ballinascreen. The ‘Screen came back from a five point deficit, 2-10 to 1-8, ten minutes from the end to outscore Eoghan Rua with a 2-5 to 0-1 salvo running out five point winners 3-13 to 2-11. The champions had led all the way until they were hit with a two goal blast in the 55th and 56th minutes. That goal five minutes from the end had put Ballinasccreen into the lead for the first time in the game, the second giving them a four point lead and they never looked back from that stage as they finished very strong to close out the victory with a superb long range point to dethrone the reigning champions.

After a very cagey start when the sides exchanged points a long range shot from Rosanna McAleese found the back of the Ballinascreen net for Eoghan Rua to take a lead they would not relinquish until five minutes from the end. Grainne McGoldrick added a point from a free for Eoghan Rua but midway through the half a defensive error was fully capitalised upon when Emer McKenna found patricia Murray in acres of space to blast to the Coleriane net. That was just a sign of things to come as Ballinascreen were very sharp to pounce on any opportunities given to them by Eoghan Rua. By half-time Eoghan Rua held a none too convincing 1-6 to 1-3 lead. For most of the third quarter it was fairly even as the sides traded point for point before Ballinascreen enjoyed a good spell hitting three in a row to leave the minimum between the sides, 1-9 to 1-8 in Eoghan Rua’s favour going into the last fifteen minutes. Eoghan Rua seemed to have tamed the Ballinascreen challenge when Grace McMullan goaled from a penalty after Grainne McGoldrick was hauled down. Then when Jane Carey burst through from midfield to lash over a fine score putting Eoghan Rua 2-10 to 1-8 ahead with just over ten minutes left it seemed the champions were still very much on course for that shot at ‘three in a row’.

This young energetic Ballinscreen side had other ideas though and their slick moving brand of camogie would bring its divedends. They took the game to Eoghan Rua over the closing minutes and with three points from frees, two long range efforts from Anne McAllister and a close-in tap over from Bronagh McGilligan left just two between the sides. Then going into the last five minutes came the two goal blast that effectively won the game for Ballinascreen. The first came after Anne McAllister’s long puck into the danger area was not cleared and in the ensuing goalmouth scramble Patricia Murray just got the sliothar over the Eoghan Rua line. That goal had Ballinascreen in the lead for the first time in the 55th minute and just a minute later they extended their advantage with a third goal. The very effective second half substitute Maeve McGilligan got the better of Maureen Heneghan for a tussle for the ball on the ground wide out on the right side, rounded her marker before gathering and racing inside to calmly hand pass to the Coleraine net. A further point from Anne McAllister had turned a five point deficit into a five point lead in the space of just ten minutes. While Rosanna McAleese did get one back for Eoghan Rua yet another long range point from a free through Anne McAllister capped a superb winning finish by the Ballinascreen side. They were worthy winners and could take some stopping in the race to see who will take over from double champions Eoghan Rua as Derry senior camogie champions.

Eoghan Rua team: Aileen Moore; Eilis McNamee, Maureen Heneghan, Adele Archibald;

Maeve McWilliams; Meabh McGoldrick, Megan Kerr; Kelly Maybin, Jane Carey; Maeve Dillon, Grainne McGoldrick, Amy Holmes; Rosanna McAleese, Grace McMullan, Claire Tracey.

Subs used: Katey Mullan for M McWilliams, Aisling Carey for A Holmes.

Eoghan Rua scorers; Rosanna McAleese (1-1), Grace McMullan (1-1, 1-0 pen, 0-1 free), Grainne McGoldrick (0-5 frees), Meabh McGoldrick (0-2 frees) Jane Carey (0-2, 0-1 free),


Ballinascreen: Kathleen McNamee; Roisin Conway, Sarah McAllister, Teresa Bradley; Kelly Marie Hegarty, Laura Brunton, Catriona McBride; Anne McAllister, Maura Bradley; Bronagh McGilligan, Dania Donnelly, Rachel Kelly; Mary Jo McCullagh, Patricia Murray, Emer McKenna.

Substitutes used: Maeve McGilligan for P Murray

Balinsacreen scorers: Anne McAllister (0-8, 0-7 frees), Patricia Murray (2-1), Emer McKenna (0-3), Bronagh McGilligan (0-1 free)

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