Down Camogs Play Finals At Castlewellan

Ballycran And Clonduff Draw In Senior Camogie Final Ballycran  1-13  Clonduff 1-13 THE repeat of last year’s final promised to be a cracker and the large crowd at Castlewellan on Sunday were not to be disappointed.  In the beautiful surroundings of St Malachy’s Park, Castlewellan, with the Mourne Mountains serving as a fitting backdrop, this game started at a tremendous pace. Ballycran county contingents, Catherine McGourty and Nicola Braniff, opened the scoring for Ballycran with a point each but Clonduff proceeded to settle down with Orla Gribben, Karen Gribben and Fionnuala Carr responding for the Hilltown side.

“> Amy McCarthy was causing all sorts of problems for the Clonduff defence and scored two beautiful points from play to again give Ballycran hope of causing an upset.  Sara Louise Carr pointed for Clonduff followed by a point from Orla Gribben giving Clonduff a slender lead and following some great teamwork by Clonduff Sara Louise Carr fond the back of the net.  Ballycran were not phased by this setback and two beautiful points from the sticks of Laura Hughes and Catherine McGourty left Clonduff leading by a single goal at half-time. The second half saw an increased tempo from both sides and Ballycran drew first blood with a well taken score.  Orla Gribben pointed again and Amy McCarthy pulled a further point back for Ballycran.  It was tit for tat with points from Fionnuala Carr and Amy McCarthy while Nicola Braniff and Nicola Torney kept Ballycran well in the game. The game see-sawed with points from Lorraine McGinn and Sara Louise Carr while Laura Hughes pointed for Ballycran.  The game was later turned on its head when Ballycran netted through Nicola Braniff to leave the minimum between the teams. Clonduff responded in a stylish manner with points from Fionnuala Carr, Lisa McPolin and Paula Gribben. Ahead by one point it looked like it was to be Clonduff’s day but a fantastic score from Ballycran’s Nicola Torney levelled things.  Clonduff went on a final flurry and it looked like Sara Louise Carr had recorded the winning score but the ball went wide to end the match on a level footing. Ballycran: Ciara McCarthy, Nuala Mallon, Brid McGrattan, Emma Keith, Jennie Fowler, Michelle Dorrian, Sabrina McCullough, Catherine McGourty (0-2) Mary Hughes, Nicola Torney (0-2) Naomi Morgan (Capt), Brid McGourty, Nicola Braniff (1-3), Amy McCarthy (0-4) Laura Hughes (0-2) Subs: Deirdre Savage, Niamh Birt, Fiona Hughes, Audrey Kelly, Corli Smyth, Laura Keith, Orla McCarthy, Eimear Dynes, Eimear O’Flynn, Cheryl Masterson, Paula Hughes  Managers: Sean McGourty and Stephen McAree Clonduff: Kitty Fegan, Onagh Gribben, Debra Murray, Andrea McCloskey, Leann McParlan, Fionnuala Carr (0-3), Ursula Quinn, Paula Gribben (0-1), Ciara Havern, Lisa McPolin (0-1), Orla Gribben (0-2), Lorraine McGinn (0-1), Karen Gribben (0-1), Sara Louise Carr (1-2), Orla Maginn (0-2) Subs: Grace Brown, Nicola O’Hagan, Cailin Hynes, Laurine Harper, Aoife Brown, Niomhi Murray, Kelly Fitzpatrick, Ellen Murphy, Sheenagh McConville, Natasha Boyle  Manager: John Crossey  Trainer: Ross Carr ………………………………………………………………… Leitrim Too Strong For Clonduff in U-14 Final Clonduff 3-5   Liatroim 5-4 Liatroim recorded a fine win in the U-14 final which preceded the Senior Final on Sunday last.  Two goals before half-time and one shortly after the re-start ensured victory for the Fontenoys. There were only two scores between the teams at the final whistle in what proved to be a highly entertaining match between two well coached outfits.  Liatroim got the vital scores when it mattered with Kate McAleenan in sparkling form netting two goals for her side. Liatroim’s Captain, Deirdre McCabe, was delighted to accept the cup at the final whistle. Clonduff:  Michaela Murphy, Mary Catherine Murray, Niamh Brown, Emma McAlinden, Teresa Rooney, Clare McGilligan, Noeleen McAlinden, Elizabeth Wilson, Cassie Fitzpatrick, Cliodhna Crothers, Caoimhe Morgan, Rachel Harper, Sinead McPolin, Petrina Lively (Capt), Clare O’Hagan, Emma Gallagher, Hannah McAteer, Chloe Nelson, Sinead Doyle, Megan Kelly, Caoimhe Fitzpatrick, Elle Fitzpatrick  Managers: Noreen Tumilty and Teresa Carr Liatroim:  Orla McCrickard, Anne Gribben, Lisa McAleenan, Caitlin Owens, Claire Greeran, Deirdre McCabe (Capt), Tierna Moorehead, Dearbhla Magee, Aislinn Brown, Niamh McCrickard, Sophie-Louise Clarke, Natalie McKibbin, Kate McAleenan, Shaneen Owens, Gemma Greenan, Alana McCrickard, Eilis Doyle, Catrina Doyle, Niamh Doyle, Mary Quinn, Caoimhe Moorehead, Eve Cunningham, Mollie Cunningham  Managers:  Declan and Veronica Owens ]]>