Dublin’s Minor A Camogie Squad Bow Out Of Leinster Championship After Thrilling Draw With Kilkenny.
Dublin 1-12 Kilkenny 1-12
This morning at a very sunny Parnells Gaa Club,Dublin went into battle with Kilkenny in a must win game for the ladies from the capital to continue their participation in this years Leinster Championship.
Penalties dominated the first half talking points with three awarded in total,two for Dublin and one for the cats. Kilkenny dispatched theirs to the back of the net,while Dublin had both of theirs saved. Both were taken by Dublin’s outstanding keeper Faye McCarthy. The first one was struck fiercely at the Kilkenny goal and Faye was unlucky to see it kept out. The second penalty was a tame effort that was more like a pass back than a shot at goal with Faye just getting her technique all wrong.
Both teams defended tigerishly in the opening thirty minutes and scores were at a premium. Kilkenny just had the better of the half and with the help of their first half penalty they led at the break by five points,with the scoreboard reading Dublin 0-03, Kilkenny 1-05 and Dublin had it all to do in the second half.
And what a second half comeback it was by Dublin. Kilkenny got the first point of the second thirty minutes to push their lead out to six and it looked like a real uphill struggle for Dublin at this stage. But all credit to the girls in blue as they upped the ante with Hannah Hegarty and Zenouska Murphy dominating from the halfback line and they drove Dublin forward punching big holes through the Kilkenny midfield and halfback line to open up a dogged Kilkenny rearguard.
Over the next six minutes Dublin hit four points in a row to cut the cats lead down to just two points. Back came Kilkenny with two points of their own to extend their lead back out to four but just a minute later Dublin turned the game on it’s head when an excellent move ended with the ball in the back of the net and from the resulting puck out Dublin won the ball and drove it over the bar for the equalizing score and it was now anybody’s game.
Ten minutes remained and Kilkenny again took a grip of the game with two quick points to go back in front again. But with their participation in this years Leinster Championship at stake Dublin were not going to go quietly and two swift points in the space of sixty seconds brought the teams level again and there was only five minutes to go.
Dublin just couldn’t get their noses in front and Kilkenny went a point up with their next attack. Dublin were then awarded a long range free from the puck out and Faye McCarthy left her goal and struck a beauty to bring parity between the sides yet again.
But as it had been throughout the game back came Kilkenny to once more take the lead and you just wondered would it be the winning score with only just over two minutes remaining. But a quick puck out was won around the middle by Dublin was driven forward and popped over the bar to level this seesaw battle with seconds remaining.
Dublin did have one last chance to grab the winner at the death but the shot sailed agonizingly wide and with that the referee blew the full time whistle to end this pulsating contest and unfortunately end Dublin’s season.
This Dublin team have had a very good season this year and were a little unlucky to not go further in both the Leinster and All Ireland Championships. These girls are the future of Dublin Camogie and the commitment,skill levels and attitude they have shown this year has been phenomenal and the future of Dublin Camogie is in for exciting times ahead over the next few years. -Nigel.
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