Derry beaten by Down in league opener

Goals make the difference for the All-Ireland champions

National Camogie League  - Derry v Down

LITTLEWOODS NATIONAL CAMOGIE LEAGUE DIVISION 2

Down 3-16 Derry 0-19

Goals made all the difference as Down overcame Derry on Saturday afternoon in Castlewellan.

The sides were level, 0-4 each, after 10 minutes, but Lauren Clarke’s goal had Derry chasing the game five minutes later.

Aoife Shaw, Sinead Mellon and Aoife Ní Chaiside battled well as Derry stuck with Down.

Karen Kielt landed a few vital scores to keep Derry in touch before Down added their second goal - a deft flick from Niamh Mallon - before the break, to lead 2-10 to 0-11

Megan Kerr and Aine McAllister were in consistent form throughout, but Derry struggled to beat Down goalkeeper Catherine McGourty.

A Sarah Louise Carr goal stretched the gap to 3-11 to 0-14 gap after 36 minutes.

Kielt, Kerr, Shaw and substitute Eimear McGuigan added points for the visitors, but without finding the net they were never going to peg the game back.

Derry host Antrim next weekend in Owenbeg and need a five-point victory to keep their league chances alive on score difference.

DOWN: Catherine McGourty; Alannah Savage, Karen McMullan, Danielle Harrison; Beth Fitzpatrick, Dearbhla Magee, Aoife Keown (0-1); Paula O’Hagan (0-8, 6f), Clara Cowan; Sorcha McCartan (0-1), Deirbhla Savage (0-1), Aimee McAleenan; Sara Louise Graffin (1-0), Niamh Mallon (1-4), Lauren Clarke (1-1)

SUBS: Catherine Rocks for A McAleenan (45), Isabella O’Hare for D Savage (59)

DERRY: Niamh Gribben; Sinead Magill, Orla McGuigan, Cliodhna Ni Mhianain; Megan Kerr (0-1), Aoife Ni Chaiside, Lauren McKenna; Aine McAllister, Dervla O’Kane; Mairead McNicholl (0-3), Aoife Shaw (0-2), Caoimhe Glass; Sinead Mellon (0-1), Karen Kielt (0-10, 6f, 2’45), Jackie Donnelly

SUBS: Clare Gunning for J Donnelly (HT), Eimear McGuigan (0-2) for C Glass (42), Emma Wilson for C Ni Mhianain (54)

REF: Gavin Donegan (Dublin) 

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