Camogie: Eoghan Rua fall short in final bid
Eoghan Rua 0-8 Milford 1-10: It was heartache for the Eoghan Rua camogs at Donaghmore, Ashbourne yesterday, as they fell to defending AIB All-Ireland champions Milford of Cork at the semi-final stage, in a tighter-than-expected scoreline of 1-10 to 0-8.
The Derry champions will rue a host of spurned opportunities, as they had plenty of possession but just could not translate that into scores.
Even late on, the normally clinical Grace McMullan and Katie Mullan had goal chances that would have made it very interesting had they been availed of.
The Milford full-back line of Katie Galvin, Maria Walsh and Lisa Healy were outstanding however, and with Ashling Thompson giving a player-of-the-match performance, it was the Cork representatives that prevailed.
They led by 1-2 to 0-0 early on, with the dangerous Watson bundling the sliotar to the net, but Eoghan Rua settled down and Gráinne McGoldrick slotted four points to have them trailing by just four – 1-5 to 0-4 – at half time.
Three of McGoldrick's scores came from placed balls and in all, she finished with seven points, six of which came from frees.
Watson came deeper as Milford faced into the wind in the second half and the tactic worked well as despite giving up plenty of possession, the champions outscored their opponents again, despite missing a number of frees.
Despite this loss, the rise of Eoghan Rua to this level has been one of the wonders of Ulster GAA over the last few seasons.
Under the managerial talents of Joe Passmore, they have a professional set-up that would be the envy of most clubs in Ulster.
Milford will play Ardrahan in the final, after the Galway champions produced a brilliant second-half performance to beat Mullinavat 2-8 to 0-8 at Moneygall.
In the intermediate championship, a Hazel Treacy point in injury time snatched victory for Portumna over Ballyhale Shamrocks by 0-7 to 2-3. Liatroim's tie against Lismore fell foul of the weather.