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GAA: Seven-up Jane helps Rossa clinch decider

By John Campbell

Published 10/10/2007

It's difficult to keep Jane Adams out of the sporting headlines right now.

The Antrim camogie scoring machine was at her best again this week when she helped O'Donovan Rossa to win the Division One decider.

It was in an exciting showdown with Loughgiel that the west Belfast side came out on top with Adams helping herself to seven points in their 2-12 to 3-2 victory.

Yet it was only in the closing segment of the game that Rossa pulled clear against a defiant Loughgiel side who found the net on three occasions but missed several other scoring opportunities.

Former Antrim hurling manager Jim Nelson - he guided the Saffrons into the 1989 All Ireland final against Tipperary - is the man at the helm of operations within the Rossa set-up and his coaching expertise has been manifesting itself in the team's performances to date.

Yet Emma McMullan's brace of goals complemented by another from Louise McKeown meant that Rossa could not afford to rest on their laurels at any stage.

However, goals from Mariosa McGourty and Grainne Connolly steadied the Rossa ship and they finished in comfortable fashion.

And the Emma McMullan-Louise McKeown partnership also thrived on another front at the weekend.

The pair had front-stage roles when Loughgiel retained their Antrim Under 16 title by beating Ballycastle 3-16 to 5-1.

Ballycastle's ability to find the Loughgiel net, though, was not matched by a penchant for taking points and this proved their undoing.

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