Sunday 27 May 2018

Cork and Westmeath triumph to set up Division 2 final showdown

'Westmeath’s win was a repeat of their success over Dublin in the All-Ireland Premier Junior Final last September but it was more comprehensive on this occasion'. Photo: Sportsfile
'Westmeath’s win was a repeat of their success over Dublin in the All-Ireland Premier Junior Final last September but it was more comprehensive on this occasion'. Photo: Sportsfile

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Cork came out on top of the latest battle with Kilkenny by 1-13 to 0-9 in Walsh Park in Waterford to book a place in the Division 2 Final of the Littlewoods Ireland Camogie League and will now face Westmeath, who saw off Dublin by 3-10 to 1-6 in Clane's Conneff Park.

Westmeath's win was a repeat of their success over Dublin in the All-Ireland Premier Junior Final last September but it was more comprehensive on this occasion.

They were dominant from the outset, and could even afford a return of one point from three penalties.

Pamela Greville had one saved after just four minutes but, undeterred, the Westmeath player of the decade was to have a considerable influence on proceedings.

Westmeath were three clear thanks to scores from Mairéad McCormack, Denise McGrath and Greville (free) when the Raharney ace had another opportunity from a free after 11 minutes and blasted the sliotar to the net.

It got worse for Dublin when the excellent Róisín Drohan had to depart through injury. Shane Plowman's charges needed something quickly and it was Aoife Dooley who provided the boost with a goal on 16 minutes, after an excellent pass from Caragh Dawson.

Sheila McGrath, Denise McGrath, with a huge effort, and Caoimhe McCrossan made it 1-7 to 1-0 at half-time.

Johnny Greville's outfit kept the pedal to the metal in the second half, Aoife Boyle and Pamela Greville stretching the margin to nine.

Aoibhe Dillon finally got Dublin's first point after 38 minutes and repeated the trick from distance soon after but it was Pamela Greville that snuffed out any threat of a dramatic comeback when nudging the sliotar over the line after a scramble in the Dublin area.

Sheila McGrath added another goal as Westmeath finished in style.

Cork led at the interval by 0-7 to 0-6 against Kilkenny and when Rachel O'Callaghan hand-passed to the net seven minutes from time it was all over.

Kildare will make the drop after a 3-10 to 0-5 defeat by Down in the Division 2 relegation play-off at Dunganny.

Irish Independent

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