Kielt keeps Derry on course for title
Cork and Derry have qualified to face off in the Littlewoods Ireland Camogie League Division 2 final, as Dublin and Roscommon made it through to the Division 3 decider, with both games scheduled for April 30.
Derry last won the Division 2 title in 2012, but they struggled at the highest level in both league and championship. Now they have shown clearly they will be contenders for silverware all season.
Karen Kielt ensured they would have an early shot at a return to the winner's enclosure thanks to a hard-fought 1-11 to 0-11 win over Kildare at the Inniskeen Grattans grounds in Monaghan.
Mary Hegarty scored the crucial goal in the second-half and although Siobhán Hurley displayed her big-time calibre with two points to bring the teams level, Kielt proved the match-winner, firing points from play either side of a close-in free to finally see off Kildare.
Cork will provide the opposition after providing a scoring exhibition in dispensing with Carlow by 0-18 to 1-7 at Carriganore in Waterford. The Rebels had six individual scorers, with all bar Finola Neville being multiple contributors.
Rachel O'Shea hit six points and Katelyn Hickey (four) and Linda Collins (three) were pivotal as well. Carlow were reliant on Eleanor Treacy, who registered five points, and Michelle Nolan got the goal.
Dublin produced a consummate team performance as they accounted for Clare by 1-12 to 0-6 at The Ragg in Tipperary. Caragh Dawson and Laoise Quinn shared six points and Aoife Bulger added 1-1 for the Dubs.
On Saturday, Roscommon got the better of Kerry in a hard-fought encounter in Gort, in which defensive strategies came out on top.
Roscommon held sway marginally at the break by 0-4 to 0-2 and the second-half was even more difficult for the forwards.
But it was the Rossies that prevailed by 0-6 to 0-3, with minor star Shauna Fallon scoring three points.