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Dogged Murphy's go down fighting

PUBLISHED: 12:42 05 November 2008 | UPDATED: 13:24 24 August 2010

Anne Marie O'Dwyer opened the scoring for Fr Murphy's

Anne Marie O'Dwyer opened the scoring for Fr Murphy's

By Larry Cooney AN UNDER-STRENGTH Fr Murphy s side pushed Longford champions Killoe all the way before going down by 1-7 to 0-7 in Saturday s All-Ireland ladies quarter-final at Ruislip. The London champions – forced to line out without key forward Shaun

By Larry Cooney

AN UNDER-STRENGTH Fr Murphy's side pushed Longford champions Killoe all the way before going down by 1-7 to 0-7 in Saturday's All-Ireland ladies' quarter-final at Ruislip.

The London champions - forced to line out without key forward Shauna Keogh and star defenders Niamh Keane and Anne Marie O'Donnell -settled reasonably well, and Anne Marie O'Dwyer opened the scoring within five minutes of the throw-in.

But the visitors were soon level through Sabrina Hackett and, although Natalie O'Connor put Murphy's back in the lead, Hackett's penalty after she was upended by Sarah Allen gave the Longford girls a decisive edge.

Murphy's fought back bravely, with points from Bronagh McLernon and two from Claire Towey earning them a deserved, if slender 0-5 to 1-1 half-time lead.

The visitors kicked three unanswered points from Hackett, Edel Quinn and Sharon Treacy, but Murphy's refused to capitulate, with heroic defensive displays from Linda Tighe, Karen Keating and Liz Breen.

Quinn pointed a free to put Killoe a goal ahead before Towey stormed through for another point to reduce the deficit - but Killoe replied with two more points to finally put the match beyond Murphy's, despite Orna Tiernan's late effort.

FR Murphy's dual ladies' players put the club's quarter-final setback behind them with a resounding 5-6 to 1-2 win over arch-rivals Bros Pearse in the camogie senior league semi-final.

Emma Taylor and Katie McCauley grabbed two goals each, ably assisted by Laureena Murphy and Grainne Hunter, who kept the scoreboard ticking over to reach next weekend's league decider against Croydon - a repeat of the county championship final.

DESPITE missing the services of star wing-backs Tom Abernitty and Fergus McMahon, Robert Emmett's were still expected to add the Collins Cup to their long list of titles against St Gabriel's last Sunday.

But the Gabriel's had other ideas and after taking a deserved 1-7 to 1-2 interval lead, they just about held out against a resurgent Emmett's side in a pulsating second half.

Once again the accuracy of Martin Finn's frees was decisive, as was the form of the outstanding Michael O'Meara in midfield, as the Gabriel's clung on for a deserved 2-9 to 2-8 victory.

Half-backs Padraig Gill, Pierce and Leslie O'Shea restricted the effectiveness of the Emmett's lethal half forward and Finn's goal seven minutes from time proved to be the clincher.


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