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Derry lack finishing power

Derry manager Ger Rogan was left to reflect on a series of scoring chances that were spurned as his side lost to Kildare by 2-15 to 0-10 in the quarter-finals of the Christy Ring Cup at the weekend.

Goals from Bernard Deay and Ross Kelly proved decisive as the Lily Whites took control.

Ruairi Convery, Paddy McCloskey and Malachy O'Hagan did their best to sustain Derry's challenge but Kildare were much too sharp.

Tyrone, though, are set to make a bold bid for the Nicky Rackard Cup, in which they will meet Fingal in the final.

The Red Hands beat Roscommon by 2-20 to 0-18 in an entertaining semi-final which was highlighted by goals from Sean Og Grugan and Gerard Gilmore.

Skipper Damien Casey was once again very much to the fore in terms of snapping up Tyrone points and will now lead his side in their quest for glory.

The Ulster side certainly showed their character by hitting back strongly in the second-half after they had been behind by 0-12 to 0-8 at the break.

Fingal just pipped current cup-holders Donegal by 2-11 to 1-12 in an exciting semi-final.

Kevin Campbell's accuracy meant that Donegal stayed in contention through his string of points but Fingal stayed the pace and two late points proved crucial.

In the Munster Championship, Waterford and Cork drew 1-21 each in a thriller which was highlighted by a wonder goal from Cork whizz-kid Austin Gleeson. In the end, Cork had to rely on a late Pa Horgan point to earn them a replay on June 8.

Ulster clinched the Ladies Inter-Provincial football title when they beat Connacht by 2-8 to 2-7. Skipper Gemma Begley landed 2-3 for the winners.

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