Wednesday 16 August 2017

Connacht defy the odds in cup classic

Niamh McGrath scored four of her five points as Connacht led by 0-5 to 0-3 at the interval. Photo: Sam Barnes / Sportsfile
Niamh McGrath scored four of her five points as Connacht led by 0-5 to 0-3 at the interval. Photo: Sam Barnes / Sportsfile
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Connacht won just their fifth Gael Linn Cup and their first since 2008 when they trumped Leinster by 2-7 to 1-8 in an entertaining senior interprovincial camogie final at the National Sports Campus in Abbotstown.

In the semi-finals, Leinster were much too strong for Munster and eased to a 1-21 to 0-10 victory.

Meanwhile, Connacht were pushed all the way and had to withstand a late rally by Ulster before edging through by 2-10 to 2-8.

By virtue of those results, it was a star-studded Leinster unit that held the favourites' mantle but two second-half goals secured the honours for the westerners.

Niamh McGrath (Galway) provided a steady hand, scoring four of her five points as Connacht led by 0-5 to 0-3 at the interval.

Gaule and Morkan were responsible for Leinster's scores but they didn't manage one from play until Stacey Kehoe (Wexford) raised a white flag four minutes into the second half.

That was in response to another McGrath point but when Morkan slotted her second point, there was just the minimum between the sides. Then came the key period, as Galway pair Noreen Coen and Aoife Donoghue struck for the goals that gave Connacht vital breathing space and a seven-point lead with 13 minutes remaining.

Gaule did give Leinster some hope with a goal to bring her tally to 1-3, but Connacht had enough in hand to take the silverware.

Irish Independent

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