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Unlucky Derry burdened by woes on all fronts

 

By John Campbell

Derry certainly do not have their sorrows to seek on the camogie front just now.

It appears that misfortune continues to stalk the county's efforts to improve their status at different levels and two further stunning blows were delivered at the weekend.

The senior side lost to Tipperary by 0-9 to 0-1 in Division 2 Group 2 of the Littlewoods National League, while the Oak Leaf minor string suffered a demoralising 9-17 to 0-3 to Waterford loss in the All Ireland Minor B Championship Group 2.

For a county that provided last year's All-Ireland club champions in Slaughtneil - and hopes to repeat that this year - and which has a proud camogie tradition, their current travails are proving difficult to swallow.

In addition to depressing results, Derry are also coming to terms with the fact that Karen Kielt has been ruled out for the rest of the year with an ankle injury.

Kielt, who was honoured by the Quinn Building Products Ulster GAA Writers Association last month in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the sport last year, has been the mainstay of the Derry side for some time.

Against Tipperary at the week-end Derry struggled to find their rhythm against a more forceful side.

Derry manager John O'Dwyer tried to use his bench to good effect, but the lack of experience within the side took its toll.

In contrast, Tipperary gained in confidence as the match progressed and Aishling Carey and Joan Kelly each scored a brace of points as their team took command.

Clara Ryan, Sinead Meagher, Laura Loughnane and Aoife McLoughrey also scored as Tipperary sustained their push for a semi-final place.

But if Derry suffered more ignominy on the field of play, Armagh and Down were spared this.

Armagh's match against Laois which had been scheduled for Granemore was called off because of the arctic weather as was Down's game against Meath.

Armagh had been particularly keen to see action in order to make up for some lost ground but they will now have to exercise patience as they bid to climb up the league table.

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