Saturday 18 January 2020

Twomey's goal key as Dublin progress

Evelyn Twomey’s goal seven minutes after the restart turned the tide in favour of Shane Plowman’s charges. Stock photo: Sportsfile
Evelyn Twomey’s goal seven minutes after the restart turned the tide in favour of Shane Plowman’s charges. Stock photo: Sportsfile

By Daragh Ó Conchúir

Dublin camogie received another significant boost after the county's Premier Junior team kept their double hopes alive by securing a place on the Liberty Insurance All-Ireland final triple-header at Croke Park on September 10, by beating Kerry on Saturday.

Westmeath, who plied their National League trade in a higher division than the Dubs, will provide very tough opposition after just holding off last year's finalists, Armagh.

With the seniors having booked a last-four slot thanks to a famous victory over Wexford, and the minors and U16s also attaining semi-final positions, it has been a real breakthrough season for the Metropolitans.

The Kingdom provided the opposition in this penultimate hurdle at the Gaelic Grounds.

It was as closely contested as predicted in the first-half, at the end of which Dublin led by 0-6 to 0-5, but Evelyn Twomey's goal seven minutes after the restart turned the tide in favour of Shane Plowman's charges, as they triumphed by 1-12 to 0-9.

Patrice Diggins scored four of her eight points in the opening half for Kerry, but Aoife Bugler did likewise on her way to finishing with a tally of seven. Twomey's goal was critical and while Kerry never gave up, they couldn't raise the green flag they needed.

Westmeath had to survive a late rally from Armagh to advance, but they had enough done to hold off last year's runners-up by 0-15 to 1-11. Armagh led by 0-5 to 0-4 after 24 minutes, but Westmeath finished strongly to lead it 0-8 to 0-5 at the interval.

That margin was doubled by the end of the regulation period, Westmeath leading by 0-15 to 0-9. Armagh chipped on two points before Eimear Hayes goaled in the sixth minute of injury-time, but the clock just ran out.

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Meanwhile, Derry advance to the semi-finals of the Intermediate Championship as winners of Group 1, by virtue of their 3-27 to 1-6 victory over Antrim at the All Saints GAC facilities in Ballymena.

It looked like Wexford would challenge Kildare strongly for the second qualifying spot, but they were unable to take the field and had to concede the points to the Lilywhites.

Tipperary beat Kilkenny by 3-14 to 1-14 in a free-flowing affair at The Ragg. Aoife Moloughney was the hero for the hosts, contributing a whopping 1-12.

Down needed to beat Cork by 10 points in Fermoy to snatch a spot in the knockout stages from Group 2. That always looked like a tall order, however, and so it proved, as they could not contend with the Leesiders' firepower. Cork won by 3-11 to 0-9.

Galway and Laois finished 2-11 to 0-17 in what turned out to be a thriller, with Galway's Leanne Freaney scoring 12 points.

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