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Scoreline didn't reflect Dublin's endeavour


STRIKE: Aisling Carolan. Pic: Sportsfile

STRIKE: Aisling Carolan. Pic: Sportsfile

STRIKE: Aisling Carolan. Pic: Sportsfile

Two wins from two for Tipperary in Division 1 of the Littlewoods Ireland National Camogie League following yesterday's 0-14 to 0-8 victory against Dublin.

The game was switched from The Ragg to Bansha, the home of singer, Louise Morrissey, the Bansha Lass. Mary Ryan was in the Tipp squad, a cousin of Dublin's dual star Shane Ryan. Shane's Dad, Jack, won the All-Ireland Hurling title with Tipperary.

This Tipp camogie team have been earning the applause this term. They had a point to spare against Limerick at the Gaelic Grounds in their opening fixture.

"They are a fine side. There's no doubt about that. And they made the most of their chances. Their accuracy was very impressive," remarked Dublin's joint manager, John Treacy.

Yet Dublin showed spirit. Bottles of it. "We had about 60 percent of possession, but we just couldn't convert it into scores," added John's co-manager, Willie Braine.

The Dubs came close twice in the first half. From excellent strikes from Aisling Carolan and Sinéad Wylde.

Tipp's 'keeper, Aoife Butler, showed her quality, while joint captain, Cáit Devane, confirmed her status as one of the top players in the sport.

In the second half, Emer McGrath entered the action and made a notable impact for the hosts.

Tipp were ahead by 0-7 to 0-5 at half-time. There was very little between the sides in the opening half.

"It was nip and tuck. Nothing in it. And for a long time in the second half, it was still just the two points in it," stated John.

"We were working hard to try and claw it back. We created openings, but, unfortunately, we just didn't take them.

"And as we pushed up, they took advantage, and they were able to tick on a batch of scores. And, in the end, the scoreline didn't do us justice."

"We couldn't have asked for anymore from the players. They gave it everything they had," said Willie.

"It was one of those days. They are so disappointed, but we are proud of them."