A Grainne McNicholl point in injury time grabbed a draw (4-6 to 0-18) for Derry against Down in Saturday's crucial All-Ireland intermediate camogie clash at Owenbeg.

Derry trailed by three points with time up but Grainne McNicholl delivered a long range free that was flicked to the net by Karen Kielt to level the game.

Niamh Mallon edged Down ahead before McNicholl's late equaliser.

Like last season, Derry's championship hopes rest on their last group game.

Derry must beat Tipperary by 10 points to guarantee a semi-final spot, unless Wexford can do them a favour by avoiding defeat against Down.

Final round (Sat, Aug 3)
Derry v Tipperary
Down v Wexford
Carlow v Laois

The group as it stands
Tipperary PL 4   PTS 10  DIFF +57
Down  PL 4    PTS 8     DIFF +39
Derry PL 4     PTS 7    DIFF +29

MATCH STATS:

Derry: Niamh McQuillan; Megan Kerr, Bróna Ní Chaiside, Janet McGuckin; Caoimhe Glass, Aoife Ní Chaiside, Aoife Quinn; Dervla O’Kane, Shauna Quinn; Mairead McNicholl (0-1), Therese Mellon, Aine McAllister; Aine Kelly (1-1), Grainne McNicholl (0-2), Grainne McGoldrick (2-2, 1f).
Sub: Karen Kielt (1-0) for A Quinn (51).

Down: Maria McNally; Nicole Kelly, Fionnuala Carr, Alannah Savage; Catherine Rocks, Dearbhla Magee, Karen McMullan; Deirbhile Savage, Aoife Keown; Paula O’Hagan (0-2), Sara Louise Carr (0-3), Sorcha McCartan (0-2); Danielle Harrison (0-1), Catherine McGourty, Niamh Mallon (0-8, 5f).
Subs: Claire McGilligan for C Rocks (blood sub 21, reversed 26), Aimee McAleenan (0-1) for SL Carr (INJ 23), Saoirse Sands (0-1) for D Harrison (51), Cassie Fitzpatrick for P O’Hagan (58).

Full coverage in Tuesday's County Derry Post.

Pic: Mary K Burke

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