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Wednesday 26 April 2017

kildare end 20-year wait

CAMOGIE: A resolute Kildare unit recovered from an uncertain start to end a 20-year famine at the top level by claiming the All-Ireland junior 'A' final in Ashbourne with a 3-10 to 2-8 victory over Armagh.

A goal from super sub Louise Walsh in the dying minutes meant the president of the Camogie Association, Joan O'Flynn -- a former chairperson of the Kildare board -- was in the happy position of presenting the Nancy Murray Cup to Niamh Breen.

Early goals from Andrea McAlinden and Joanne Mallon pushed Armagh into a six-point lead but with Róisín O'Connell contributing three of her four points from play and Orla Mullally goaling from close range, the Lilies trailed 2-5 to 1-6 at the interval.

McAlinden almost snatched a second goal but she was denied by a smart save from Kildare custodian Brid Byrne.

Despite the promptings of Carol Nolan, Clodagh Flanagan, Siobhán Hurley and Ciara Tallon, Kildare were finding it difficult to break down Armagh, for whom Colette McSorley was unerring from frees.

Then came Murtagh's goal from 40 metres after Catherine Toner lost sight of the sliotar in the sun and Kildare had the lead. When Walsh found the net late on, the celebrations began.

Derry's superior goal threat was the key as they took the honours in the All-Ireland minor 'B' final with a 3-10 to 0-9 victory over Antrim.

A Mary Jo McCullagh goal helped the Oak Leaf girls lead 1-6 to 0-5 at half-time, while Mary Kelly and Gráinne McNicholl raised green flags after the resumption.

Aimee McAtanney tried to keep Antrim in touch from placed balls but with Karen Kielt doing likewise and McQuillan unbeatable, it was Derry's day.

Irish Independent

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