Dublin 1-12 Kerry 0-09

Evelyn Twomey was as surprised as anyone in the Gaelic Grounds to see her half blocked shot reach the goal net this evening as Kerry keeper Alanna Maunsell squinted in the evening sun but failed to secure the ball.

Dublin for the most part of the second half got to grips with a very competitive Kerry side in this Liberty Insurance Premier Junior Semi Final, and today, just like the end of April in the League Final, Shane Plowman’s Panel banished yet another demon.

The girls in blue have reached the Final of this year’s Championship and will face Westmeath, who ran close against Armagh this evening in Cavan.

It was a tale of tit for tat in the opening half with the majority of the scores being shared by Aoife Bugler and Kerry’s sharp shooter Patrice Diggan. Roisin Drohan and Evelyn Twomey added to Dublin’s 1st half tally while Jacqueline Horgan made sure Diggan wasn’t the only one on the Kerry score sheet.

With the score at 0-06 to 0-05 to Dublin at the break there was no knowing what the second half would bring as there was literally nothing to separate these two sides.

The second session started just like the first with Diggan again pointing a free. But Evelyn Twomey pushed Dublin’s noses in front once again before Diggan made another move.

Another pointed free was converted by Bugler before Twomey’s goal was registered, pitting 0-04 between the sides. It might not have been deliberate but it put Dublin firmly in the driving seat.

Aoife Bugler sent 2 more points over from the dead ball giving Dublin the luxury of a 6 point cushion with a quarter of the game still to go.

Diggan finished out with another 0-02 despite taking a knock from a Roisin Drohan challenge. Roisin Baker found her voice with a very sweet catch and turn around 20 meters out to add another to the Dublin column.

At the other end of the field a late and high tackle around the Dublin goal mouth gave Kerry a lifeline as referee Philip McDonald awarded Kerry a penalty. Their sweeper Sara Murphy stepped up to despatch the ball, which she drove directly into the path of Aishling Spillane and Deirdre Johnstone and the opportunity was over.

And with Dublin substitute Sinead Wylde having the final say it’s Dublin who advance to Croke Park on September 10th for this year’s Liberty Insurance Premier Junior Camogie Final.

Scorers for Dublin:
Aoife Bugler 0-07 (6f)
Evelyn Twomey 1-02
Sinead Wylde 0-01
Roisin Drohan 0-01
Roisin Baker 0-01

Scorers for Kerry:
Patrice Diggan 0-08 (5f)
Jacqueline Horgan 0-01

1. Aishling Spillane
2. Ciara Buchannan
3. Niamh Gleeson
4. Roisin MacLoughlin
5. Emma Barron
6. Deirdre Johnstone
7. Grainne Free
8. Grainne Power
9. Roisin Drohan
10 Aoife Dooley
11. Roisin Baker
12. Evelyn Twomey
13. Laoise Quinn
14. Aoife Bugler
15. Emer Keenan

Dublin Subs:
19mins 2nd Half On:20. Sinead Wylde Off:13. Laoise Quinn
28mins 2nd Half On:17. Sinead Nolan Off:10 Aoife Dooley
30mins 2nd Half On:21. Nadine Murphy Off:15. Emer Keenan

1. Alanna Maunsell
2. Michelle Costello
3. Niamh Leen
4. Liz Houlihan
5. Oral Young
6. Sara Murphy
7. Elaine Ryall
8. Olivia Dineen
9. Patrice Diggan
10. Aoife Behan
11. Laura Collins
12. Ann Marie Leen
13. Jessica Fitzell
14. Jacqueline Horgan
15. Alannah Whelan

Kerry Subs:
11mins 2nd Half On:20. Saidhbhe Horgan Off:8. Olivia Dineen
12mins 2nd Half On:17. Norette Casey Off:15. Alannah Whelan
20mins 2nd Half On:16. Rachel McCarthy Off:13. Jessica Fitzell