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Friday 19 July 2019

Déise edged clear in the final track

TWOM’ RAIDER: Dublin’s Laura Twomey in action against Waterford during the All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship match at Walsh Park. Photo: iLivephotos
TWOM’ RAIDER: Dublin’s Laura Twomey in action against Waterford during the All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship match at Walsh Park. Photo: iLivephotos

Saturday morning. The train pulls out of Hueston. Bound for Waterford.

Out through Kildare. And Carlow. In Thomastown, there were cats painted on the station house.

There was a hen party on board. All quiet. Saving themselves for extra-time. And penalties.

There's a large rock outside the Waterford station. Painted on it are the words Deise for Life.

Dan The Man would appreciate such sentiments. Alfie Hale, too. And Beth Carton.

The sad old closed-up hotel still weeps down over the Suir. What a lighthouse of the city that could be. Only one spot for the lunch. The Granville.

Mark Cooney knows these streets well. He's on Frank Browne's Dublin management ticket. His club is De La Salle Waterford.

Walsh Park is a tidy skip away from the river.

"Welcome to Waterford," says a kindly woman on the gate. And there's the invitation for tea and sandwiches.

There was a fine programme. Mini-games. And a decent crowd.

Among them the Camogie President, Kathleen Woods. And another First Lady of the sport, Catherine Neary.

They saw a worthy contest. Little between the sides until they came to the final bend.

The classical Carton was at the heart of the home victory, 1-11 to 1-5. Worth the train fare alone. Such a refined artist.

Niamh Rocket also had the terraces humming.

Dublin had the breeze when the clock ticked four o'clock, but it was Waterford who made the sharpest of starts. 0-3 ahead in a tick.

Yet the Dubs settled. And they were ahead at the break, 1-2 to 0-4. A goal from full-forward, Kerrie Finnegan. She showed strength amid a cluster of defenders before arrowing in a shot at the pavilion end. Within 36 seconds of the second period, Carton's free tied it up. And they were level three times after that. Exciting stuff.

Dublin weren't far away from a second goal. Ali Twomey brought a terrific save from home 'keeper, Brianna O'Regan.

The decisive moment came eight minutes from time. Carton was the chief architect. Her sideline cut was blocked out, and there waiting with the black and decker was Rocket.

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