The Tyrone camogie senior team travelled to Beffini Park 3g pitch on Sunday and opened up their All Ireland League Division 4 campaign with a convincing win. Cavan started the better and after five minutes had taken the lead with a close range effort that sailed high over the bar. There was some early and relentless pressure from the Cavan forwards and the defence of the Tyrone squad with Ciara McGready , Siobhan Hughes and Cara Fitzgerald prevented their opponents from extending their slender lead. It took fifteen minutes and a couple of narrow wides for Tyrone to score their first point of the half when Aisling Corr scored an excellent point. The Tyrone team seemed to settle down and a few minutes after Ciara Rocks received a peach of a pass from Emma Fitzgerald who calmly hit the back of the net.
It was from the resulting puck out that Maria Jordan caught the ball and sent it high over the bar for another point. On the twenty minute mark Aisling Corr scored another goal for Tyrone. However Cavan having only one point on the board had a mini resurgence of possession and they scored a deflected goal to narrow Tyrones advantage. Tyrones midfielders Emma Fitzgerald and Caoimhe Rafferty dominated the centre of the park and many scoring opportunities followed. Tyrone had a 45 metre free which Aisling Corr cooly despatched with great ease. Cavan may have had more goal opportunities if it was not for the excellent defence by McGready , Niamh Gavin and Orla Foley. The Tyrone goalkeeper Kelley Anne Fay made some superb stops that would have certainly resulted in scores for the talented Cavan forwards.. Another point was added to Tyrones tally when Aisling Jordan slotted home an excellent point from open play when she had three Cavan backs surrounding her. Tyrone then scored another goal when Caoimhe Rafferty with a rasping shot to burst the back of the net. The half time score was 2-2 to 3-4 to the Tyrone visitors.
Cavan opened the second half with pace and intensity and immediately scored an excellent point form the forty five metre line. Then the highlight of the whole game within five miniutes of Cavan scoring was an electrifying burst of pace down the wing from Emma McShane who from the side line put the ball into back of the Cavan net from over the fifty metres out. This was truly an amazing score from the young Tyrone half back. Cavan then scored a goal and a point in quick succession but the Tyrone squad, as seen other matches, had superior fitness and further points from Corr, Fitzgerald , McShane , ONeill extended Tyrones advantage further.
Tyrone put on Laura Barker, Laura Logue and Jane Canavan and they settled quickly in to the side with Barker making some superb defence stops. There was another excellent goal with a close range effort from Aisling Jordan that sealed emphatic win. The final score Cavan 3-4 Tyrone 4-15.In other Tyrone news the minor squad travelled to Down on Saturday and came across and excellent Down side that proved too strong for our minors. There was a goal from Maebh McHugh and point from Maggie Hagan and Niamh McNulty.
Tyrone’s Cara Fitzgerald made it back to back All Star awards this year. Cara is an excellent young talent and everyone at Tyrone camogie would like to congratulate her on her award. Also Tyrone senior camogie captain Ailsing Corrs younger brother, Caolan Corr, received a call up from the Tyrone Football minor squad. Congratulations extended to the Caolan Corr from all at Tyrone camogie.