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Brave Derry ease past poor Antrim

 

By John Campbell

Derry surged into the semi-finals of the All-Ireland Ladies Junior Football Championship by virtue of a runaway 3-20 to 0-2 win over Antrim yesterday.

Megan Devine (2) and Ciara Moore scored Derry's goals, while Emma Doherty exerted a strong influence in the middle third of the pitch. Eimear Gallagher and Aoife Taggart scored Antrim's points on a day when they were completely outplayed.

In the All-Ireland Ladies Senior Football Championship semi-final, Dublin overwhelmed Kerry by 5-10 to 0-11 with skipper Sinead Aherne scoring 2-7.

Meanwhile, Armagh captured an albeit modest ration of national glory yesterday when they turned in a courageous performance to pip Carlow by 2-9 to 2-8 in the All-Ireland U16 'B' camogie final at Coralstown, Kinnegad.

The Orchard county may have lived dangerously during segments of the match but the deft scoring touch of Ellie McKee served them well.

She fired home two superb goals and, with Aimee Keenan contributing 0-5, the team's finishing power proved decisive.

Aishling McMahon, Corrina Doyle and Ciara Donnelly also got on the scoresheet against a Carlow side that maintained their momentum right to the end.

And Roisin McCormack delivered a performance of sublime finishing in helping Antrim to a draw against a resilient Laois in the All-Ireland U16 B camogie final at Drumlane (Cavan).

McCormack landed 2-10 of the team's 2-13 total, to which Laois responded with a similar score, which means that the sides must meet again next Saturday to decide which will be crowned All-Ireland champions.

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