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Discipline costs Down girls and Rossies take full advantage

 

By John Campbell

There was disappointment for Down in yesterday's All-Ireland ladies football qualifier when they lost to Roscommon by 4-13 to 1-9 at the Drumlane club complex in Cavan.

Down, who had been forced to bring several new players into their squad, were dealt a blow when captain Lauren Cunningham and Natalie McKibben were sin-binned, handing the incentive to a lively Roscommon.

Down conceded two early goals and trailed by 2-7 to 0-2 before rallying but Roscommon, who held sway at midfield and were inventive up front, were able to finish the game strongly.

For Down manager Ryan McShane, defeat was a bitter disappointment. "We have a young team and they will have gained experience this year which will stand to them. We will re-group for next year when we hope to make more progress," he said.

The All-Ireland Under 16 camogie championship presented mixed fortunes for Ulster sides with Armagh's game against Cavan being called off and Tyrone falling heavily to Carlow on a 6-18 to 0-9 scoreline.

In other matters, the pairings for the All-Ireland senior camogie semi- finals have been made and a double-bill of top-class fare would appear to be in the offing although there will be no Ulster involvement.

Galway will meet Cork while Dublin will meet Kilkenny in the last four of what is proving to be an absorbing race to the title.

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