Dublin Minors Defeat Kilkenny

Dublin 1-15 Kilkenny 0-02
Parnells GAA, Coolock

The small crowd in Parnells who braved the cold conditions this afternoon were warmed by a magnificent performance by Dublin in Round 3 of this year’s All Ireland Championship. Sinead Wylde, along with Laura Quinn and the free taking of Aoife Mahon, helped Dublin blitz a Kilkenny side who, despite their efforts, couldn’t get going against the dominant opposition.

Against the wind, Dublin soaked up every initial attack from Kilkenny forcing some of their early chances wide. Joint Captain Sinead Wylde, who literally led from the front for the entire game, opened Dublin’s scoring in the third minute with a brilliant solo break to send the ball over the bar from an angle.

Aoife Mahon converted the first two of her 0-05 in the early going, despite the strong wind in her face, which had seen a lot of Dublin’s first half attempts drop short. But their back line today were counteracting any attempt by Kilkenny to get on the score board.

Luara Quinn Dublin Minor Camogie

Sinead Wylde get her second from play in the 18th before Laura Quinn, who was dangerous throughout, took a drop ball and headed for the Kilkenny goal, finding a space between Kilkenny’s Alannah Gallagher and Kate Dempsey, but Gallagher brought Quinn down in the square with the referee awarding the penalty.

With Dublin comfortably in the driving seat. Aoife Mahon stepped up and chose to knock the penalty over the bar to put Dublin 0-05 ahead.

Alix Buckley added another for Dublin as Kilkenny were finding it increasingly difficult to pin back the Dublin forwards Buckley, Jessica McClelland and Quinn. And it was Quinn who would again find herself on the end of a high ball, faced by a wall of Kilkenny players, she literally charged forward, forcing the ball through them and into the net to get Dublin’s goal.

Aoife Doyle got Kilkenny’s only score of the half, meaning they would be playing against the wind in the second half with a mountain to climb.

Dublin Minor Camogie

The second half saw Dublin do with the wind what Kilkenny couldn’t do in the first half, despite a much improved Kilkenny effort.

Laura Quinn relentlessly continued pressing forward, opening the Dubs second half account, quickly followed by another dead ball conversion from Mahon. Niamh Gannon scored a huge point, and Sinead Wylde, after seeing her first two attempts of the half veer wide, added another.

There were some missed goal chances but they can be easily overshadowed by Dublin’s skill and strength throughout the park. Jessica McClelland imposed her speed and power scoring 0-02, with Danielle Morrissey scoring Kilkenny’s second and last score in between. Substitute Hollyn Kennedy sent a score over just minutes after joining the action, and with Sinead Wylde appropriately ending the game with the final point, it leaves Dublin with 6 points from 9 and in a comfortable position in the group going into their last game against Galway.

Dublin Minor Camogie defeat Kilkenny

Dublin Scorers:
Aoife Mahon 0-05 (5f)
Sinead Wylde 0-04
Laura Quinn 1-01
Jessica McClelland 0-02
Alix Buckley 0-01
Niamh Gannon 0-01
Hollyn Kennedy 0-01 (1f)

Kilkenny Scorers:
Aoife Doyle 0-01
Danielle Morrissey 0-01 (1f)

1. Ally Ramsden
2. Gaby Couch
3. Siun Keating
4. Hannah Leddy
5. Sarah Meagher
6. Kim Hickey
7. Megan Carroll
8. Orla Gray
9. Niamh Gannon
10. Sinead Wylde
11. Chloe Mullen
12. Aoife Mahon
13. Alix Buckley
14. Jessie McClelland
15. Laura Quinn

16. Maeve Bogan
17. Anna Geraghty
18. Celine Atancio
19. Derbhla Nolan
20. Emma Ryan
21. Hollyn Kennedy
22. Jody Couch
23. Kate Clarke
24. Olivia Meagher

1.Elizabeth Phelan
2.Caroline Kennedy
3.Alanna Gallagher
4.Kate Dempsey
5.Eimear Leahy
6.Nicole Carter
7.Caoimhe Kelly
24.Rebecca Roche
9.Caoimhe Dowling
10.Steffi Fitzgerald
11.Aoife Doyle
19.Nyah Egan
13.Eve Lacey
14.Danielle Morrissey
15.Afton Grace

16.Emma Bergin
17. Maria Brennan
18.Lisa Donnelly
20.Muireann Kelly
21.Sinead Keoghan
22.Dearbhail O’Keeffe
23.Sinead O’Keeffe
25.Shauna Treacy
26.Eimear Farrell
8.Jane Cass
12.Ruth Kent