Dublin And Kilkenny Provided Plenty Of Entertainment In Exciting Draw
The Dublin and Kilkenny U16’s played out an exciting and entertaining Leinster Camogie Championship draw this afternoon in O’Toole Park in Crumlin.
It was an encounter that was full of enterprising and skill laden Hurling and was in the balance right to the end with Dublin earning the draw with an injury time free in a game neither side deserved to lose.
Dublin got off to an excellent start when Ellie Young smashed the ball to the back of the net after just four minutes.
The game was played at a ferocious pace and the action swept from one end of the pitch to the other. The sides swapped a pair of points each, Sarah Barcoe and Keara Ryan for Kilkenny and the Dublin scores coming from Annabelle Timothy and Ashling Gannon.
Kilkenny then enjoyed their best spell of the half and hit four unanswered points to take the lead, Leah Brett with two and one each from Hannah Cooney and Keara Ryan.
Back came Dublin, Ellie Young And Ashling Gannon hit excellent points from play to regain the lead and that lead was stretched to four points when Emma Diamond scored the Dubs second goal of the half with five minutes to go to the break.
But two Keara Ryan points in the closing stages of the half, one from a free and one from open play left two between the sides at the short whistle with the score 2-04 to 0-08.
Jonny Jackson’s side came flying out of the blocks in the second half and the Dubs had restored the four point advantage inside the opening minute with points from Emma Diamond and an Ellie Young long range free.
A point from Kilkenny’s Kate Lyng was quickly answered with another excellently taken free from Ellie Young.
But a goal from Cria Langton in the 37th minute kickstarted another purple patch for Kilkenny who hit three points in a row from Keara Ryan (free), Sarah Barcoe and Leah Brett to take a two point lead.
A converted free from Ellie Young put the bare minimum between the teams but a nice point from Keara Ryan put Kilkenny back two in front with five minutes left in the game.
But Kilkenny’s indiscipline in the tackle was ruthlessly punished by Ellie Young who hit two week struck frees over the bar in as many minutes to level the game.
The game was there for the taking for either side and as the game headed into injury time Kilkenny were awarded a free which Keara Ryan converted to take the lead by the slimmest of margins.
But just on the stroke of full time Dublin themselves won a free, up stepped Ellie Young and the Dubs corner forward made no mistake and split the posts to earn a well deserved draw.
14. Ellie Young 1-07 (6f)
15. Emma Diamond 1-01
11. Ashling Gannon 0-02
12. Annabelle Timothy 0-01
21. Keara Ryan 0-07 (4f)
15. Leah Brett 0-03
14. Cria Langton 1-00
11. Sarah Barcoe 0-02
18. Hannah Cooney 0-01
10. Kate Lyng 0-01
1. Laura Grendon
2. Robyn Buckley
3. Sinéad Rogers
4. Lily Rooney
5. Caitriona McMahon
6. Claire Gannon
7. Millie Reid
8. Lauren Dawson
9. Phoebe Shannon
10. Lucy Quinn
11. Ashling Gannon
12. Annabelle Timothy
13. Ellie Kane
14. Ellie Young
15. Emma Diamond
26. Aisling O’Neill for 13. Ellie Kane (HT)
18. Niamh Crowley for 2. Robyn Buckley (38)
24. Eile O’Ceallaigh for 15. Emma Diamond (49)
25. Eille O’Connor for 3. Sinéad Rogers (49)
22. Róisín Ní Chathasaigh for 9. Phoebe Shannon (62)
22. Alisson Donnely
5. Niamh Phelan
2. Hannah Larkin
6. Aine Kirwan
4. Ellie Peters
3. Patsy Kenny
9. Kate McClusky
11. Sarah Barcoe
8. Sontae Jackson
17. Bri O’Donoghue
20. Anna Doheny
21. Keara Ryan
13. Roisin Ahern
18. Hannah Cooney
15. Leah Brett
14. Cria Langton for 13. Roisin Ahern (HT)
10. Kate Lyng for 20. Anna Doheny (HT)
19. Maire Clare O’Dwyer for 17. Bri O’Donoghue (43)
7. Cliodhna O’Shea for 18. Hannah Cooney (49)