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Saturday 21 April 2018

Dubs show pride at Shinty

DUBLIN represented Ireland with pride last Saturday in the Shinty/Camogie duel. Scotland won by a point, 3-3 to 2-5.

The match was played at Inverness. It was cold but dry. It took the Dubs a while to acclimatise to the Highlands. The Scots pounced for two crucial goals.

But then the Blues began to dance. They were without six of their starting 15 from their All-Ireland Junior Championship final-winning team.

They gave it everything to get back into the match. Georgina Kelly and Roisin Collins got timely points before the tea.

The hosts were ahead by two points at the interval. The genial Kelly pegged another one back.

And she played a crucial role in Dublin's opening goal as her free was steered in by Emer Keenan.

Keenan was to get a second goal late on. The audience agreed that the visitors deserved an equaliser. But local knowledge prevailed.

Dublin had a squad of 22 players. Both panels were led onto the pitch by a Scottish piper. The two sides produced a charming concert.

Dublin's player-of-the-match was the classical Cliona McCulllough.

Not far behind in the ratings were Grainne Ryan, Grainne Smyth, Shauna Duff and the graceful Kelly.

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