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Mourne outfit can draw little comfort for big Cork clash

By John Campbell

Down have attained the label of draw specialists in the All-Ireland Intermediate camogie championship but it's a tag that does not sit comfortably with the squad.

For the third time in a row at the weekend the Mourne side finished all-square with their opponents in the competition and rather than view this three points gained, the frustrated players see it as six points lost.

Having earlier shared the spoils with Laois and Carlow, Down found Meath a handful in Ashbourne on Saturday where they once again had to be content with a share of the spoils. Down scored 0-17 while Meath registered 1-14 with their last point coming in the dying seconds to ensure a stalemate.

Now Down must beat Cork in their next outing by at least 10 points if they are to have any chance of making it into the last four.

It certainly wasn't the fault of scorer-in-chief Paula Gribben that Down were left to rue their misfortune.

The Clonduff ace racked up nine points in a superb performance with Niamh Mallon claiming five points.

Sarah Louise Carr and Ciara Fitzpatrick were Down's other scorers while no fewer than seven Meath players made it on to the score sheet.

Meanwhile, Cavan turned in an impressive display to overcome Laois in the All Ireland ladies senior football championship.

Cavan were full value for their 2-17 to 1-10 victory which was highlighted by the smooth finishing skills of Aishling Doonan and Claragh O'Reilly who scored 1-11 between them with the former grabbing 1-6, while Aisling Sheridan got the team's other goal.

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