West­meath poised to dash Dubs’ hopes

Sunday Independent (Ireland) - Sport - - CAMOGIE - DARAGH Ó CONCHÚIR

DUBLIN camo­gie is on the crest of a wave. The se­niors, mi­nors and un­der 16s all made All-Ire­land semi-fi­nals but the premier ju­niors took it one step fur­ther. The over­all pic­ture is one of bloom­ing health in the cap­i­tal county.

Shane Plow­man’s out­fit took all be­fore them in the league on the way to Divi­sion 3 hon­ours, but now they are cross­ing swords with a unit that played well in Divi­sion 2.

In­deed West­meath only missed out on a place in the last four on score dif­fer­ence, fin­ish­ing just five points worse off than Kil­dare, who also reached the in­ter­me­di­ate semi-fi­nal. In­deed the Lakesiders de­feated the Li­ly­whites in the round-robin phase as well as an­other in­ter­me­di­ate side, Antrim, and only lost by a point to Gal­way.

Both had al­ready qual­i­fied when they faced off in the fi­nal Group 1 game so it is dif­fi­cult to know what to take from that. On face value, we can say that there will only be a puck of the ball in this, as West­meath pre­vailed by the min­i­mum.

A goal from Eve­lyn Twomey seven min­utes into the sec­ond half broke the Kerry re­sis­tance as Dublin moved to within 60 min­utes of a sixth ti­tle at this grade with six points to spare. Aoife Bugler and skip­per Emer Keenan will be among the play­ers they will need to per­form if they are to achieve it.

Di­nah Lough­lin, Pamela Gre­ville and Denise McGrath stood out once more for West­meath, although they had a cou­ple of anx­ious mo­ments as last year’s run­ners-up Ar­magh launched a late rally and closed to within a point.

They are pur­su­ing their first premier ju­nior cham­pi­onship, hav­ing es­tab­lished them­selves in re­cent years fol­low­ing ju­nior ‘A’ suc­cess in 2012.

Ver­dict: West­meath

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