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Munster heartbreak for De La Salle

De La Salle went down to Drom & Inch 3-14 to 0-18 after extra time in an epic Munster senior camogie semi final at a sunny Gracedieu.

Beth Carton scored eleven points for the home side, Maggie Gostl got three from play while goalkeeper Brianna O'Regan landed a massive free from her own half. Goals from Niamh Treacy, Joanne Ryan and Niamh Long saw the Tipperary champions progress to the provincial final next Sunday.

A super solo goal from Treacy put the visitors 1-2 to 0-1 in front after seven minutes. Four Beth Carton points and one each from Maggie Gostl and Abby Flynn left De La Salle just one down at the break (1-4 to 0-6).

Drom still led by a point entering the last ten minutes. A terrific Eimear McGrath point from a tight angle made it 1-9 to 0-10. Gostl and substitute Kayleigh Kirby levelled the match for the first time on 56 minutes (1-9 to 0-12). McGrath edged Drom ahead again before O'Regan rifled over a last minute free between her own 45 and 65.

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More drama followed in stoppage time. McGrath converted a 45 on 63 minutes before Carton forced extra time with a late, late free (1-11 to 0-14).

Two goals in the first period of extra time clinched Drom's place in the Munster final. In the third minute, point attempt from substitute Joanne Ryan deceived O'Regan as the ball dipped into the roof of the net. Four minutes later, Niamh Long forced the ball over the line after a goalmouth scramble. Despite the best efforts of Carton, Gostl and Flynn, the Waterford champions couldn't find a way back into the game.

Salle selector Joey Carton was proud of his charges. "The girls left everything on the field."

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