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14 April 2016 DUBLIN CITY gazette 31


westmeath wiped out Under-14s sweep by the challenge of Lake County


dublin’s Under-14 ladies footballers enjoyed a strong 3-16 to 0-6 win over Westmeath in their latest Leinster championship match last Sunday at Parnell Park. Amy O’Brien, pictured, played a key role as the sky-blues following a comprehensive earlier group victory over Laois on a 2-16 to 1-3 scoreline. This match was the curtainraiser for the seniors loss to Galway. Picture: Peter Hickey/

camogie: junior premier’s comeback cut short

Aidan’s get the best of Stillorgan’s Benildus dublin schools senior a final St Benildus St Aidan’s 

The Dublin junior premier camogie team

Armagh’s last ditch point denies Dublin

division 3 semi final Dublin 2-10 Armagh 1-14 

DUBLIN’S Premier junior camogie side fell to Armagh by just a single point, 2-10 to 1-14, in their National League Division 3 semi-final. On a heavy pitch in Kinnegad, Dublin were one point up at half time with the aid of the breeze but they could not hold on in the second half despite goals from Lynn Devoy and Elaine Gallery. Dublin, playing with the strong wind, rushed

into an early two-point lead with scores from play and a 45 by Kirsten Farrell who ended the day with eight points. But Armagh showed why they are the top team in this division. After 10 minutes, they were level on two points each. The sides were level on five occasions during the well contested half. But, as the half time whistle sounded, Dublin had a slim one point lead, not too flattering considering they were playing with the strong wind. And Armagh started

the second half with great determination and, within five minutes, had 1-1 on the board to give them a one goal lead. Devoy finished a good Dublin combination of moves to leave just two points between the sides but the side were unable to score another point in the remainder of the tie. Meanwhile, Armagh added on four to give them a six point lead with five minutes remaining. To their credit, Dublin never lost heart and made a stunning come-

back. Devoy finished a good Dublin move to the net. Within a minute, Elaine Gallery rifled a terrific ground shot into the goal for a second goal in a minute, creating a huge buzz for the closing stages. The sides were now level as time added on approached. Both sides battled bravely for that all important next score. It went the Orchard C o u n t y ’s w ay – a n Armagh free, an Armagh point and a place in the final for the Armagh girls.

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ST AIDAN’S got the best of Leinster champions St Benildus in the Dublin Schools senior A football championship title last Friday at O’Toole Park, falling to St Aidan’s by five points. The Whitehall school laid the foundation for their victory in the opening half and led 0-8 to 0-3 at the interval. A Cian Gerrard point on the restart stretched that advantage before Benildus finally came to life to shoot five points in-a-row to cut the margin to one. Aaron Bradshaw led the Benildus fightback with Joe Rafferty firing over a 32nd minute point following a run by the Ballinteer St John’s clubman. Within a minute, Tom Keane and Aaron Bradshaw added to their side’s tally. A Dan O’Brien point at the end of a fine move made the score and a second point from Rafferty, when he got his fist to a Keane free dropping short, cutting the deficit to just one point, 0-9 to 0-8. However, Aidan’s steadied themselves with a free from Paddy Small which was followed by a brilliantly struck point by his Dublin Under-21 team-mate Tony O’Sullivan from long-range. The accuracy of Small was the deciding factor over the course of the hour while Aidan’s defensive structure ensured opportunities for the Benildus inside line were kept to a minimum. Also, on a couple of occasions when they did breach the defence, Sam Bruton stood tall in the Aidan’s goal. In the opening half the sides were level, 0-2 each, inside 10 minutes with Adam Conway and Small on target forAidan’s and Bradshaw and Eoin Foley likewise for Benildus. Small edged Aidan’s in front with a 11th minute free before Bruton made a great save to deny Callum Pearson. Donal Ryan, O’Sullivan (free) and Small, off his less favoured right foot, put daylight between the teams, 0-6 t0 0-2. Tom Keane cut the margin but crucially Aidan’s finished the half the stronger with two Small frees.

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