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Peregrine's win Mark's new beginning

It has been a difficult year for St Peregrine's given the loss of a large number of players in the past 12 months, but there are encouraging signs that things are on the way up for the progressive Blakestown Road club.

Certainly, last Thursday's Intermediate 'A' Championship quarter-final win over St Mark's was a huge boost to the team with a last-four date with Crumlin to look forward to after a disappointing league campaign.

"We've lost a huge number of our panel in recent times so it has been difficult to generate any real momentum in our league fixtures," said team mentor JJ Murtagh.

"We came down from Senior 'B' to Intermediate level this year and although the results in the league haven't been great, most of the matches were very tight and we've at least been competitive in all the games."


The 1-5 to 2-1 at Hartstown Park on Thursday night, in which captain Michelle Coleman and full-back Christina O'Reilly shone, reflected well on their battling qualities with Catherine Murphy scoring the crucial goal for Peregrine's as they overturned a two-point interval deficit, much to the delight of Murtagh, who runs the team alongside Jimmy O'Connor.

"There were signs against St Mark's that things are coming together nicely.

"The girls put in a great effort against what I consider a very good St Mark's team and I was delighted that we managed to come out with the win.

"We have assembled a good mixture of youth and experience with Brigid Coleman, Louise McSharry and Miriam Murtagh providing great leadership, while Leanne McEntee and Niamh Hynes bring new blood into the panel."

Murtagh was also quick to acknowledge the efforts made at underage level to develop the playing resources at the club in what has been a testing year for Peregrine's.

"We are very lucky to have the likes of Catherine Murphy and Pat Duncan involved with the underage structure of the club. They put in a huge effort and they are the true backbone of camogie in the club," concluded Murtagh.