CAMOGIE DUB STARS LATE RALLY WINS EPIC DUB STARS GAME.

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Dub Stars 2-10

In the second match this afternoon in Parnell’s Gaa in Coolock it was the turn of the Dublin Senior Camogie Squad to take on the Dub Stars selection in their Annual Dub Stars Game and what a game it was.

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To some these games are seen as exhibition games to get a run out after the winter break,but no one obviously told the players that as they served up a very competitive,entertaining and highly skilled game for the large watching crowd in attendance to enjoy.

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From the off the players tore into each other as if the All Ireland Title itself was on the line. Dublin drew first blood with a fine point from Mairi Moynihan. Back came the Dub Stars moments later and they leveled the score with a point from Dublin Camogie Legend Louise O’Hara.

Dublin got on top for the next couple of minutes and made it count with a cracking goal from Sarah O’Donovan and followed it up with a pointed free from Mairi Moynihan. They might have gone further ahead but for an excellent display in goal from Sile Ní Coitir who pulled of a string of fine saves and throughout the half played the sweeper role behind the back line to perfection.

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The Dub Stars suffered a blow thirteen minutes into the first half when they lost Soaring Star winner Deirdre Johnston to an ankle injury. But they knuckled down a hit back with a well worked point from Orlaith Durkin.

Dublin reestablished their four point lead quickly when Àine Fanning cut inside two defenders and finished with aplomb right between the sticks.

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The Dub Stars started controlling the midfield and halfback line from this point with some rampaging runs from midfielder Siobhan Kehoe causing havoc and minor star Hanna Hegarty embellishing her reputation as a future Senior Camogie Superstar with a dominant Player Of The Match display,that was way beyond her years and was a joy to behold for the watching spectators.

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The pressure told as the Dub Stars got right back in the contest with a sublime goal from the impressive Aishling Maher who looked a real danger every time she got on the ball. Dublin were awarded a free which Mairi Moynihan who was flawless from frees all game duly struck over. But it was the Dub Stars who finished the half the stronger with three unanswered points from Louise O’Hara,Muireann and Aishling Maher to give them a slender one point lead with a scoreline of 1-05 to 1-04.

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Both sides made a raft of changes for the second period and the opening ten minutes were fairly even. The Dub stars got the first score of the second thirty minutes to push two in front from the hurl of Aishling Maher but this was cancelled out by a fine point from substitute Martha O’Donohoe.

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Dub Stars Captain Ali Twomey who had a quiet first half by her standards started to motor and get on a lot of ball and she was rewarded with a well finished point to push her team back in front by two.

Dublin then hit a purple patch and reeled off no fewer than five unanswered points as they totally dominated all over the pitch and drove at the Dub Stars defence. It was an exhibition of point taking from different angles and distances from the hurls of Grainne Quinn,Eimear McCarthy,Denise McGrath and two from Sarah O’Donovan who impressed throughout.

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The Dub Stars finally stopped the one way traffic with a well taken score from Louise O’Hara. But with only five minutes left on the clock Dublin again pushed their lead out to three when Denise McGrath got her second point of the game and it looked likely at this stage that the result was only going one way.

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The Dub Stars though had other ideas and the game was turned on its head when a great move involving a number players including Hannah Hegarty,Laoise Quinn and Ali Twomey who was really influencing the Dub Stars second half play ended with the ball swept out to the wing were Aishling Maher collected the pass,turned inside her marker and hit a bullet of a shot across the goal and it nestled into the top left hand corner of the net to bring the sides level.

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A draw looked on the cards but just like the end of the first half the Dub Stars finished the stronger and their Captain Ali Twomey led by example when see broke two tackles before sending a beaut over the bar to give them the lead with time almost up.

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Dublin came looking for the leveling score but the ball was won back by the Stars defence and was played down the left wing to Louise O’Hara who let fly from distance to score the point of the game to wrap up the win for the Dub Stars.

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Both sets of players should be very proud of their displays today as they served up an epic game which showed the enormous amount of Camogie talent in the capital and the entertainment they served up warmed the spirits of the large attending crowd on a bitterly cold day. -Nigel

Dublin Scorers:

Sarah O’Donovan 1-02
Mairi Moynihan 0-03
Denise McGrath 0-02
Áine Fanning 0-01
Aoife Kelly 0-01
Grainne Quinn 0-01
Eimear McCarthy 0-01

Dub Stars Scorers:

Aishling Maher 2-02
Louise O’Hara 0-04
Ali Twomey 0-02
Orlaith Durkin 0-01
Muireann O’Gorman 0-01

Dublin Squad:

Helen Cosgrave,Rachel Noctor,Grainne Quinn,Rebecca Doherty,Elaine O’Meara,Rose Collins,Laura Twomey(Capt),Miriam Twomey,Siofra Walsh,Leah Butler,Sarah O’Donovan,Emma Flanagan,Aoife Bugler,Mairi Moynihan,Áine Fanning,Aisling Spillan,Lynn Devoy,Jane Tully,Aoife Kelly,Mary Cronin,Eimear McCarthy,Catriona Power,Laura Walsh,Sinead O’Toole,Denise McGrath.

Dub Stars Panel:

Sile Ní Couter,Aoife Cullen,Deirdre Johnston,Orla Smith,Claire Rigney,Ali Maguire,Hannah Hegarty,Siobhan Kehoe,Orlaith Durkin,Ali Twomey(Capt),Louise O’Hara,Anne Griffen,Orla Beagan,Aishling Maher,Muireann O’Gorman,Kate Whyte,Cliona McCollough,Aisling Carolan,Martha O’Donohoe,Laoise Quinn,Eve Maria Elliott,Ciara Berkeley,Niamh Byrne,Jenny Duffy,Jill Horan.

Referee: Jenny Byrne (Round Tower)

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