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All-Ireland challenge being eyed up by Baldwin's girls


Doubled up: Karen Kielt hit a brace for the Oak Leafers

Doubled up: Karen Kielt hit a brace for the Oak Leafers

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Doubled up: Karen Kielt hit a brace for the Oak Leafers

It wasn't just in the sphere of football that Derry lapped up the fruits of success yesterday.

The Oak Leaf county won their fourth Ulster senior camogie championship title on the trot when they beat Down by a whopping 5-13 to 0-9 in the final at Swatragh.

And afterwards team manager Joe Baldwin expressed the hope that his side might now go on and make significant headway in the All-Ireland Championship.

"That's our big aim," said Baldwin. "I was delighted with the work ethic of my players.

"We did not have things totally our own way in the first half but we enjoyed a goal blitz in the second as well as holding the opposition to just a couple of points. This will give us heart going forward."

Dervla O'Kane landed Derry's first goal but it was when Karen Kielt and Mary Kelly each added a brace that Baldwin's side streaked into an unassailable lead.

"We meet Tipperary in the All-Ireland series later this month and we will be fully tested by them," added the Derry boss.

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Meanwhile, Kieran McGeeney's prediction that Kildare still have a raft of talented players proved prophetic when his former side held fancied Laois to a draw in the Leinster football championship.

The sides ended deadlocked at 0-16 each with Eoghan O'Flaherty and Tommy Moolick landing the late points that earned Kildare a second bite at the cherry next Saturday. Donie Kingstson scored eight of the Laois points from frees and play.

But there was a major setback for the Dublin hurlers when they fell to Galway by 5-19 to 1-18 in the Leinster Championship.

Cathal Mannion helped himself to 3-3 while Joe Canning pocketed 2-3 as the Galway attack made hay against a beleaguered Dublin.

Galway boss Anthony Cunningham concedes, though, that greater tests lie ahead for his players.

"We will not be reading too much into this win," he said.

Popular RTE presenter Michael Lyster was unable to anchor The Sunday Game yesterday after taking ill. Daragh Maloney was drafted in to present in his absence.

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