Kilkenny’s Full Forward Katie Nolan Finished With A Personal Tally Of 1-09
Kilkenny’s Katie Nolan was the star of the show in her sides 13 point victory over Dublin in this evening’s Liberty Insurance Intermediate All Ireland championship.
The final scoreline though doesn’t tell the full story of the game. Kilkenny led by five at the break and an early point in the second half pushed the lead to six.
But a clever goal by Dublin’s Niamh McCormack who flicked a high bouncing ball to net put just a score between the teams.
A minute later and Dublin’s chances of taking something from the game diminished with the harsh sending off midfielder and team captain Roisin O’Grady.
The referee indicated the straight red card was for a strike to the head, but it looked more accidental than deliberate and more a case of the Kilkenny player turning into the tackle than a swing from O’Grady.
With Dublin down to 14 players Kilkenny took full advantage and outscored the Sky Blues by 0-12 to 0-02 to claim the valuable points on offer.
Kilkenny got off to the perfect start with two goals inside the opening nine minutes scored by Afton Grace and Katie Nolan to lead by five, with a Nadine Murphy pointed free for Dublin sandwiched inbetween the two majors.
Another successful free attempt by Murphy reduced the deficit but two points from Katie Murphy extended the Kilkenny lead to six.
With five minutes left in the half Murphy got Dublin right back in it with a fine finish to the net but Kilkenny’s Katie Nolan added two more points to growing tally to give Kilkenny a five point lead at halftime with the score 2-04 to 1-02.
The girls in black and amber stretched the lead to six in the opening minute of the second half once again from the hurl of Katie Nolan.
Dublin though got right back in it minutes later with that clever goal by Niamh McCormack. Seconds later and Dublin’s momentum was halted with the sending off of Roisin O’Grady.
Kilkenny subsequently took full control, three converted frees from Katie Nolan put six points again between the teams. A pointed free from Dublin’s Cliodhna Nicolletti temporarily eased the pressure on the Dubs backline.
But Kilkenny reeled off six unanswered points from Afton Grace, Aisling Curtis, Ciara Phelan, Laura Murphy, Aoife Prendergast and Katie Nolan.
Dublin’s Chloe O’Connor scored an excellent point from play, but just as they had done in the first, Kilkenny grabbed the final scores of the half with points from Laura Murphy, Afton Grace and Gillian Costello.
14. Nadine Murphy 1-02 (1-02f)
15. Niamh McCormack 1-00
17. Cliodhna Nicolletti 0-01 (1f)
26. Chloe O’Connor 0-01
14. Katie Nolan 1-09 (6f)
13. Afton Grace 1-02
10. Laura Murphy 0-02
8. Aisling Curtis 0-01
9. Ciara Phelan 0-01
6. Aoife Prendergast 0-01 (1f)
23. Gillian Costello 0-01
1. Stephanie Carthy
2. Ciara Buchannan
3. Emily Browne
4. Niamh Gleeson
5. Grainne Free
6. Sinead Murphy
7. Shauna McBride
8. Roisin O’Grady
9. Muireann Kelleher
10. Alix Buckley
11. Grainne Power
12. Julie MacDonald
13. Aoife Whelan
14. Nadine Murphy
15. Niamh McCormack
19. Emma Quinn for 12. Julie MacDonald (34)
17. Cliodhna Nicolletti for 5. Grainne Free (34)
26. Chloe O’Connor for 14. Nadine Murphy (36)
21. Laura Walsh for 11. Grainne Power (51)
23. Lauren Robinson for 2. Ciara Buchannan (51)
1. Aoife Walsh
2. Nicole Carter
3. Ciara O’Shea
4. Niamh Sweeney
5. Niamh Leahy
6. Aoife Prendergast
7. Aobha O’Gorman
9. Ciara Phelan
10. Laura Murphy
11. Christine Lyng Rower
12. Laura Greene
13. Afton Grace
14. Katie Nolan
15. Caoimhe Dowling
22. Marie Doheny for 15. Caoimhe Dowling (47)
23. Gillian Costello for 12. Laura Greene (49)
19. Emer Naddy for 4. Niamh Sweeney (53)
20. Darcy Bolger for 14. Katie Nolan (54)