Dominant First Half Gave Kilkenny The Platform To Claim Leinster Senior Camogie Quarter Final Victory

 

Dublin Camogie player strikes the ball just before she is hooked by a Kilkenny player in the Leinster Senior Camogie Quarter Final

 

Dublin 2-10

Kilkenny 6-14

 

Kilkenny hit six goals past Dublin in a well deserved win in this afternoon’s Leinster Senior Camogie quarter final played in O’Toole Park in Crumlin.

A clinical first half from Kilkenny which included four goals paved the way for today’s win with the girls from the Marble City building up a thirteen point lead by the half time break which gave Dublin a mountain to climb in the second half.

Two further goals in the second half made sure there would be no comeback for Frank Browne’s Dublin side who were second best today against a Kilkenny side that looked a little bit sharper throughout.

The dangers signs were there inside the opening two minutes when Danielle Morrissey scored Kilkenny’s first goal of the game. Michelle Quilty extended the lead with a converted free with only 4 minutes on the clock.

Points from Dublin’s Kerrie Finnegan, Ali Twomey and Aisling Maher put just the minimum between the sides after 10 minutes.

But an unanswered 1-03 from The Cats, the points coming from Danielle Morrissey, Anne Dalton and Michelle Quilty and the goal scored by Miriam Walsh put Kilkenny firmly in the driving seat.

A point from Ali Maguire for Dublin stemmed the tide momentarily but with nine minutes to the break Miriam Walsh grabbed Kilkenny’s third goal of the half.

The girls in black and amber finished the half on top scoring a further 1-03 with Michelle Quilty the goal scorer.

Dublin could only manage a further two points before the break, Sinead Wylde with a nice point from open play and Ali Maguire with the other point to leave the half time score 4-07 to 0-06.

Dublin got off to the perfect start to the second half with a hand passed goal by Aisling Maher after just three minutes of the resumption.

The next ten were tight with the sides swapping a brace of points each, Ali Maguire with two converted frees and Michelle Quilty hitting two fine points from play.

But with 15 minutes to go in this Leinster Senior Camogie quarter final the game was all but over when Miriam Walsh scored her third goal of the game and Kilkenny’s fifth and Danielle Morrissey knocked over a point to bring her total for the game to 1-02.

Dublin though battled on and a quick 1-02 reduced the deficit, Ali Maguire converted a free and seconds later the girls in blue were awarded a second free and Maguire this time found the net. The other point came from Erma Flanagan who caught a well struck sideline and split the posts.

Alas Dublin failed to score in the closing stages and just like they had done in the first half Kilkenny finished the second half strongly scoring 1-04 without reply, Miriam Walsh capped off her game with her fourth goal of the quarter final and Kilkenny’s sixth.

A disappointing game overall for Dublin which has left both the management and players plenty to pounder before they begin their All Ireland campaign in five weeks time.

 

Dublin Scorers:

 

11. Ali Maguire 1-05 (1-3f)

14. Aisling Maher 1-01

15. Kerrie Finnegan 0-01

12. Ali Twomey 0-01

9. Sinead Wylde 0-01

21. Emma Flanagan 0-01

 

Kilkenny Scorers:

 

14. Miriam Walsh 4-00

13. Michelle Quilty 1-06 (3f)

15. Danielle Morrissey 1-02

11. Anne Dalton 0-02

9. Grace Walsh 0-02

8. Denise Gaule 0-01

18. Niamh Deely 0-01

 

Dublin:

 

25. Faye McCarthy

2. Orla Gray

3. Eve O’Brien

4. Dee Johnstone

23. Emma O’Byrne

6. Grainne Quinn

7. Roisin Baker

8. Aisling Carolan

9. Sinead Wylde

18. Aoibhe Dillon

11. Ali Maguire

12. Ali Twomey

13. Orla Beagan

14. Aisling Maher

15. Kerrie Finnegan

 

Dublin Substitutes:

 

10. Alex Griffin for 14. Aisling Maher (38)

21. Emma Flanagan for 18. Aoibhe Dillon (50)

22. Emma Gray for 12. Ali Twomey (50)

27. Martha O’Donoghue for 2. Orla Gray (57)

 

Kilkenny:

 

16. Aoife Norris

2. Colette Dormer

3. Catherine Foley

4. Michelle Teehan

5. Claire Phelan

6. Kellyanne Doyle

7. Edwina Keane

8. Denise Gaule

9. Grace Walsh

10. Edel Coonan

11. Anne Dalton

12. Katie Power

13. Michelle Quilty

14. Miriam Walsh

15. Danielle Morrissey

 

Kilkenny Substitutes:

18. Niamh Deely for 10. Edel Coonan (HT)

20. Steffie Fitzgerald for 7. Edwina Keane (46)

17. Grace O’Donnell for 13. Michelle Quilty (53)

22. Meg Farrell for 5. Claire Phelan (56)