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Late Devane free points Tipp to important draw

Thursday, 26 July 2018

Late  Devane free points Tipp to important draw thumbnailTipperary full back Gemma Grace comes away to clear ahead of Dublinís Ali Twomey. Pic: Rose Mannion. MT3042RM

A late free from Cáit Devane earned Tipperary a very important draw in the Liberty Insurance All-Ireland senior camogie championship when they met Dublin on Sunday last in Parnell Park in an exciting game that was level on five occasions throughout.
The girls from the Premier County finished second in their group behind Cork and will now take on Waterford in a quarter-final which will be played at Páirc Uí Chaoimh, Cork on August 4, while Dublin play Galway in the other quarter final.
Group winners Cork and Kilkenny advance directly to the semi-finals, which will be played in Semple Stadium on August 18.
Sunday's result was a great boost to Tipperary who are back in a quarter final for the fourth successive year and they showed great character and composure once more to grind out this result. They also reached the desired result that they were looking for, which was to play Waterford who have made history by reaching a quarter final for the first time. The aim for Tipp this year is to progress to the semi-final which will be played on their own turf.
As usual, Gemma Grace, Mary Ryan, Karen Kennedy, Laura Loughnane, Roisin Cahill, Orla O'Dwyer, Grace O'Brien and Cáit Deváne were outstanding, although the latter was having a bumpy day on the free taking. Mary Ryan was completely in control with Gemma Grace seeing off many attacks which meant custodian Caoimhe Bourke was rarely troubled.
Dublin started the brighter taking the game to their hosts with Eimear McCarthy pointing in the 4th minute and Niamh Gannon three minutes later. Playing into a warm breeze, the visitors were slow to start but Cáit Devane had the sides level in the eleventh minute when she pointed her second free with superb accuracy and Tipp got down to business.
The visitors went one ahead when Clodagh Quirke set up Caoimhe Maher who drove between the uprights from out the field, just before the quarter faded.
It was tit for tat as Siobhan Kehoe had the sides level for the second time in the 19th minute with good support from Laura Twomey.
Both sides were evenly matched but it was the Tipperary girls who were serving up a very positive display and playing the better camogie. Devane put Tipp back in the lead from a placed ball after Grace O'Brien was fouled under the dropping ball by Martha O'Donoghue and O'Brien was back again in the hunt shaking off her marker to put Tipp two up with eight minutes remaining on the clock.
Valuable scoring chances went abegging on both sides, in particular the home side but they did dominate proceedings for the final seven minutes with Eimear McCarthy and Orla Beagan finding target while Siobhan Kehoe steadied the Dublin ship putting her side back in the lead with a well taken point just minutes before the break. However, there was still time for Dublin to widen the gap before the break but they sent three consecutive efforts astray while Tipp missed one to level the game, but both left the pitch with Dublin leading by the narrowest of margins 0-6 to 0-5 at the break.
The hosts picked up where they left off and the game opened up brightly for them as again they took the game to Tipp and roared into a five point lead after six minutes of the resumption with the scores coming from Kehoe, Mairi Moynihan and Eimear McCarthy.
Tipperary's score taker in charge, Cáit Devane wasn't having a great game, still carrying an knee injury which she seemed nervous of, as she was unfortunate to miss valuable chances for her side and still she managed to finish with seven points to her credit.
Tipp made some positional changes and the freshness of the subs began to show results with Miriam Campion starting the claw back when she rounded Aisling Carolan and drove between the uprights for Tipp's first score of the second half in the 39th minute. This gave the visitors the opening to drive on where Laura Loughnane had the ball back into the forwards where another sub Sarah Fryday showed great courage when confronted by two Dublin players to take her chance and land a great point in the 40th minute.
Dublin watched helplessly as Tipp tore back into attack and digging deep it was Devane who had her side back to within two points of their opponents while McCarthy kept the Dublin flag flying after Beagan and Kehoe did the spade work.
Conditions were difficult as the searing sun shone down with plenty of water breaks occurring as Tipp created more opportunities and winning more possession making more space and upping their performance, captain Orla O'Dwyer sent over a beautiful point from a very difficult corner and from over her left shoulder in a great display of skill and accuracy.
A huge tussle was taking place between Beagan and Mary Ryan when Ryan was fouled and Devane converted to leave just one separating the sides and with nine minutes remaining, Devane brought the sides level for the fourth time.
Again it was the Drom Inch star Miriam Campion to the fore as she sent Tipp back into a one point lead but within a minute the sides were level for the fifth time from a Beagan free while sub Alex Griffin put the home side back in front with two minutes of normal time remaining.
Once again the visitors didn't panic but played on showing great character and composure and just on normal time, Devane, the championship's leading scorer, sent over a long free to draw the sides level on 0-13 apiece.
Dublin had plenty of injury time on the clock to see off their opponents but could only manage to send three consecutive efforts wide, two as a result of totally reliable Tipp defending.
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“We left it tough work for ourselves but we got the draw and the few girls that came in really gave it a bit of life there towards the end," said player of the match Mary Ryan after the game.
Commenting on how the opposition played, the Moneygall club player mentioned how tough Dublin were and how lucky Tipp were to escape with the draw result. Looking ahead to the quarter final, Ryan said, "It's a quarter final so it's anyone's game. We just have to knuckle down for the next two weeks and treat it like the big game. We got to this stage last year and were unfortunate to get knocked out, so we really need to push on beyond that this year and go that step further".
It was a wonderful weekend for Bill Mullaney and his backroom team as their two squads did them proud as mentors. The seniors got the result they wanted in Dublin and the Intermediates beat Kilkenny 2-13 to 2-10 to see them through to an All-Ireland semi-final, their first in many a long year. "Overjoyed" would be the best way to describe Mullaney after the game as he mingled with the players having a little word for each of them.
“ I'm so delighted for both the seniors to-day and the Intermediates yesterday who both gave outstanding performances," he said. "The Intermediates are now into a semi-final after their great win yesterday and when this game was in the balance to-day, the girls showed great character to carve out this result because it's not at all easy to come up here to Dublin and get a result like we did," said the Newport/Ballinahinch club man. Looking ahead to the quarter final Mullaney mentioned that Waterford will be another stern test for Tipp "and it's wonderful to get to the big stage," he added.
Player of the match: Mary Ryan (Tipperary).
Scorers: Tipperary: Cáit Devane (0-7, 0-5 frees), Miriam Campion (0-2), Grace O'Brien, Caoimhe Maher, Sarah Fryday, Orla O'Dwyer (0-1 each).
Dublin: Eimear McCarthy, Siobhan Kehoe (0-3 each), Orla Beagan (0-3, 0-1 free), Doireann Mullany, Mairi Moynihan, Niamh Gannon, Alex Griffin (0-1 each).
TIPPERARY: Caoimhe Burke (Drom/Inch), Julieanne Burke (Borris-Ileigh), Gemma Grace (Burgess/Duharra), Clodagh Quirke (Clonoulty/Rossmore), Caroline Mullaney (Newport/Ballinahinch), Mary Ryan (Moneygall), Karen Kennedy (Thurles Sarsfields), Emer Loughman (Clonoulty/Rossmore), Laura Loughnane (Thurles Sarsfields), Ciardha Maher (Burgess Duharra), Caoimhe Maher (Burgess Duharra), Orla O'Dwyer (Cashel), Grace O'Brien (Eire Og Nenagh), Cáit Devane (Clonoulty/Rossmore), Roisin Cahill (Kilruane MacDonagh's). Subs: Sarah Fryday (Clonoulty Rossmore) (for R. Cahill), Miriam Campion (Drom/Inch) (for E. Loughman, 36 mins), Megan Ryan (Borris-Ileigh) (for Caoimhe Maher, 45 mins).
DUBLIN: Faye McCarthy, Martha O'Donoghue, Aisling Carolan, Grainne Quinn, Hannah Hegarty, Laura Twomey, Miriam Twomey, Orla Beagan, Niamh Gannon, Eimear McCarthy, Roisin Baker, Siobhan Kehoe, Emma Flanagan, Doireann Mullany, Ali Twomey. Subs: Emma O'Byrne (for M. Twomey, inj., 4 mins), Mari Moynihan (for G. Quinn, 23 mins), Alex Griffin (for A. Twomey, 42 mins), Leah Butler (for E. Flanagan, 55 mins).
REFEREE: Owen Elliott (Antrim).

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