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9 September 2010 No Comments by The Northern Standard

On the same day that the Kilkenny hurlers’ bid for a fifth All-Ireland title in a row ended in defeat, Clontibret achieved their six-in-a-row on Sunday last when they defeated Inniskeen in the O’Rourke Oil Monaghan Senior Championship Camogie Final in Drumhowan on Sunday.

They are now level with Castleblayney, who won their six successive titles from 1990 to 1995 inclusively. The game was there for the taking at half-time when Inniskeen led by a goal, but Clontibret moved up through the gears in the second half to run out winners by a margin of six points and retain their title.

Shauna Finnegan opened the scoring for Clontibret when she flicked the sliotar over the bar after four minutes.

Inniskeen were continually trying to raid the Clontibret goals, but Rosita Finnegan made several good saves and Inniskeen had to be content with a point from Liz McConnon to register their name on the scoreboard after 10 minutes.

Marie Greenan got Clontibret’s second point from free after a foul on Shauna Finnegan, but Inniskeen equalised at the end of the first quarter when Sharon McGahon put one over from a free.

Inniskeen dominated for a period and Carmel McSkeane added a point from play just a few minutes later.

The tightly-marked Issy Kieran gave a long ball in for Inniskeen which went all the way to the net in the 20th minute to give the Grattans the boost they badly needed.

Clontibret began clawing back with a point apiece from Catherine Tomany and Marie Greenan (free).

Sharon McGahon converted a ’45 for Inniskeen to keep her team in front by a goal at half-time (1-4 to 0-4), while Mairéad McGahon, who had sustained a hand injury earlier on, was replaced by Lisa Kindlon just before the whistle.

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