Armagh and Roscommon through to Camogie League Division 3 final

Armagh and Roscommon will contest the Camogie League Division 3 final after their semi-final victories over Dublin and Kerry.

With the county’s hurlers already having secured league silverware this year, it would be a fine achievement for Armagh to claim camogie honours and they booked their place in the final with a 1-14 to 2-10 win over Dublin.

Having looked like they were cruising towards the final, they were rocked by the concession of two late goals but showed their character as Colette McSorley held her nerve by slotting a 60th minute winner.

There was almost nothing between the teams in the first half, and though Kirsten Farrell gave Dublin the lead after 40 seconds, they were level four times in that initial period.

The brilliant Ciara Donnelly and McSorley chipped in with key scores for Armagh but Farrell was in scintillating form and scored seven of her eight points as the Dubs led 0-9 to 0-8 at half time.

Armagh had the advantage of a diagonal wind in the second half and when Donnelly arrowed a ground shot to the corner of the net, they were ahead by three.

Donnelly was magnificent, scoring 1-7, including 1-4 from play and three pointed frees by McSorley, who finished with six points, put two goals between them.

Dublin were not done though and they found the net twice in a minute to draw level with two minutes remaining.

The first came from the influential Lynn Devoy, with a rasping shot, and Elaine Gallery scrambled the equaliser soon after.

Undaunted, Armagh went back on the attack and after a free was awarded, McSorley did the needful.

Roscommon were 2-8 to 0-5 victors over a Kerry team looking to add Division 3 honours to the Division 4 title annexed last term.

HEC All Star Patrice Diggins was leading scorer for the Kingdom’s representatives with a couple of points but Roscommon were always more threatening.

Kelly Hopkins was their top scorer with 1-4 and with Fiona Connell also breaching the Kerry defences for a major score, there was no way back for the Munster women.

The final will take place on April 30.

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