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Down overcome Derry challenge to reach Ulster decider

Ulster Camogie Semi-Final 2019

Derry 1-6 Down 1-11

From Odhrán Crumley in Armagh

Down remain on course to retain the Ulster crown after eventually overcoming Derry in an entertaining clash. 

The Mourne County led 0-8 to 0-5 at the break with Mairead McNicholl and Niamh Mellon leading the scoring charge for their teams.

Down opened up a five point lead early in the second half before Grainne McNicholl fired a pinpoint effort into the bottom right corner of the net.

One point would be the closest that the Oakleafers would come as Paula Gribben fired into the net to seal a place in the Ulster decider for the second year running.

Derry: Niamh McQuillan; Caoimhe Glass, Brona Ni Chaiside, Shauneen Donaghy; Megan Kerr, Aoife Ni Chaiside, Aine McAlister; Grainne McNicholl (0-1 1f), Dervla O’Kane; Grainne McGoldrick (1-1 1f), Shauna Quinn, Mairead McNicholl (0-4); Aoife Quinn, Shannon Graham, Mary Hegarty.

Subs: Cait McEldowney for G McNicholl (43), Therese Mellon for M Hegarty (47), Aine Kelly for S Quinn (59)

Down: Catherine McGourty; Nicole Kelly, Alannah Savage, Clare McGilligan; Karen McMullan, Dearbhla Magee (0-1), Catherine Rocks; Aimee McAleenan (0-1), Aoife Keown (0-1); Sara Louise Carr (0-2), Sorcha McCartan (0-2), Paula Gribben (1-2 1f); Niamh Mallon (0-4 3f), Caitriona Caldwell, Fionnula Carr.

Subs: Orla Gribben for N Mellon (49), Karen Tinnelly for K McMullan (55), Neisha McCullough for S McCartan (59)

Referee: Philip McCabe (Cavan)

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