The destination of the Leinster U16A title was still undecided midway through the second half but a three goal blitz from Kilkenny turned the game in their favour
A three goal blitz midway through the second half secured the Leinster U16A title for Kilkenny against Dublin this afternoon in the Carlow Centre of Excellence.
Today’s Leinster U16A Camogie championship final was played in a deluge making it extremely treacherous underfoot but in fairness to both teams they gave it their all and served up a entertaining and competitive game.
Goals from Muireann Gannon and Ciara Dunne looked like they would give Kilkenny a five point lead at half-time, but a pointed free from Alison Garvey and a goal from Eve Pennie in injury time left just a point between the teams at the break.
With the weather deteriorating further for the second half scores became harder to come by for both teams and midway through the half the Leinster U16A title was still there for both teams.
But a three goal blitz from in a five minute spell swung the momentum of the game in Kilkenny’s favour and although Dublin battled till the end, Kilkenny secured the win and the Leinster U16A title.
A pointed free two minutes into the game from Alison Garvey gave Dublin an early lead. Kilkenny struck back with points from Muireann Gannon and Julie Lennon to get their noses in front as the action swept from one end to the other.
A second Alison Garvey free and a point from Emma Moran regained the lead for Dublin just after the midway mark of the first half.
That lead though was short lived as Kilkenny broke upfield and Muireann Gannon struck the ball to the net for the games opening goal.
A point from Dublin corner forward Ruby Whitaker left just the bare minimum between the teams with nine minutes to go to the break.
Two minutes later and Kilkenny were celebrating their second major of the half finished to the net by Ciara Dunne, that was followed by a converted 45’ from Tara Roche and Kilkenny led by five.
Dublin’s Alison Garvey and Kilkenny’s Tara Roche swapped converted frees and with the game heading into first half injury time it looked like Kilkenny would head to the dressing rooms with a five point lead.
But a pointed free from Alison Garvey was quickly followed by Dublin’s opening goal of the final struck to the net by Eve Pennie after a scramble in front of the Kilkenny goal and the soaked players head to dry off in the dressing rooms with just a point between the teams with the half-time score 2-04 to 1-06.
At the break the weather deteriorated further as a deluge of rain descended on the Carlow venue.
The conditions made it difficult for both teams to hang onto possession and create scoring chances. Kilkenny extended their lead five minutes into the second half with a point from Tara Roche.
Dublin pulled it back to a single score with another successful free attempt by Alison Garvey. But as the game reached the midway point of the second half a goal from Ciara Dunne increased the Kilkenny lead to four.
A fine point from play from Dublin’s Emma Moran left a goal between the teams with fourteen minutes left to play and the game was still there for the taking for either team.
But a three goal blitz between the 46th and 52nd minute put clear daylight between the sides and out Kilkenny in control of the game, the goals coming from Aisling Browne with two and the other scored by Ciara Dunne.
Dublin battled till the final whistle but neither side could add any further scores Tontheir totals and Kilkemny claimed the victory and the Leinster U16A title.
9. Alison Garvey 0-05 (5f)
13. Eve Pennie 1-00
12. Emma Moran 0-02
14. Ruby Whitaker 0-01
14. Ciara Dunne 3-00
13. Aisling Browne 2-00
12. Muireann Gannon 1-01
15. Tara Roche 0-03 (2f, 1 ’45)
10. Julie Lennon 0-01
1. Mia Farrell
2. Olivia Behan
3. Shauna Rooney
4. Olivia O’Brien
5. Aimee Dundon
6. Aine Bresnan
7. Aimee Timothy
8. Eimear Kehoe
9. Alison Garvey
10. Tessa Lambe
11. Ellen Leddy Doyle
12. Emma Moran
13. Eve Pennie
14. Ruby Whitaker
15. Alex Falvey
19. Caoimhe Costello for 7. Aimee Timothy (37)
20. Anna Marie Durkan for 10. Tessa Lambe (44)
17. Aoife Ní Drisceoil for 14. Ruby Whitaker (53)
18. Riona Ferriter for 19 Caoimhe Costello (55)
1. Rachel Moloney
2. Caoimhe Hickey
3. Una Duggan
4. Jessica Cuddy
5. Sophie Meagher
6. Anna Doheny
7. Angela Carroll
8. Emily Smith
9. Orlaith Kirwan
10. Julie Lennon
11. Katie Brennan
12. Muireann Gannon
13. Aisling Browne
14. Ciara Dunne
15. Tara Roche
22. Ciara O’Shea for 5. Sophie Meagher (46)
20. Rachel Phelan for 9. Orlaith Kirwan (49)
21. Cliodhna Walsh for 2. Caoimhe Hickey (55)
17. Aine White for 11. Katie Brennan (56)
24. Shona Ruane for 8. Emily Smith (57)