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Gribben's haul fails to sustain Down

 

By John Campbell

Down failed in their bid to make progress in the All-Ireland Intermediate Camogie Championship group two at the weekend when they fell victims to a slick Cork side at Fermoy.

The Mourne side's defensive frailties were exposed by their hosts' lively attack with Linda Collins, Maeve McCarthy and Caroline Sugrue hitting the net as Cork won by 3-11 to 0-9.

Down were far too reliant on Paula Gribben who scored seven points from frees with Rachel O'Shea and Finola Neville to the fore in the Cork scoring blitz.

Derry, who had already been assured of a place in the group one semi-finals following a draw with Wexford, turned up the heat when they met Antrim at the All Saints complex in Ballymena on Saturday where they won by 3-27 to 1-1-6.

Antrim were understrength and had no answer to the pace and accuracy of the Oak Leaf attack. Derry led by 2-14 to 0-3 at half-time by which stage the tie had ceased to be a meaningful contest with Eilis Ni Chasaide, Shauna Quinn and Eimear McGuigan hitting the net.

Aine McAllister was the outstanding player on view while Tori Edgar landed Antrim's goal. The Saffrons were also well served by Tir na nOg (Randalstown) duo Aine Devlin and Emily Faloon who laid down a marker for the future.

There was disappointment for Armagh in their All-Ireland Premier Junior Championship semi-final when they lost to Westmeath by 0-15 to 1-11.

Westmeath's Dinah Loughlin did most to heap disappointment on Armagh by scoring 10 points (nine frees) while Ciara Donnelly and Colette McSorley did their best to keep the Orchard County in contention.

Eimear Hayes pilfered a late goal that gave Armagh renewed hope but Loughlin's stunning accuracy won the day for Westmeath.

Defeat was particularly disappointing for Armagh as they hoped to build on last year's progress.

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