Report:Leinster Camogie Minor A Championship

(19 Oct 2020)

Unfortunate day for the girls in blue

Leinster Camogie Minor A Championship

Kilkenny v Dublin, Thomastown GAA, Kilkenny, Sunday 18.10.20

By Ruth King

Conditions for the match were cold and windy with no changes from both teams, however, a few positional changes made by Dublin.

 

There was a strong lively start from both teams with Kilkenny getting the first score of the day in the third minute from a free that was converted over the bar by number 13, Asha McHardy. She would then go on to score another point after a heavy battle with the Dublin backs. This was then followed by another score from Kilkenny’s full forward, Roisin O’Keeffe.

 

Niamh Comerford for Dublin helped settled the Dubs by scoring a free in the sixth minute and another score by number 13, Aisling O’Neil to put the Dubs a point behind.

 

Kilkenny went up and scored a point from a free, there was a great save by Dublinbgoalkeeper Ciara Jones but unfortunately, number 10, Aisling Predergast for Kilkenny saw the back of the net after kicking it in in the tenth minute. This was answered by a point from number 12, Caitlin Coffey to keep Dublin in it before the water break.

 

There had been strong performances from Dublin’s backs that kept them in the game especially from Issy Davis, Kerri Milne and Anna Sullivan.

 

Dublin came back strong after the water break with Comerford converting a free in the 22nd minute. However, this was answered by Kilkenny with number 11, Tara Ronan and McHardy sticking over a point each for the Cats. Comerford saw the white flag again after she stuck over a point from a free.

 

However, Kilkenny’s Roisin O’Keeffe saw the green flag by three in the space of three minutes, it was some class play from Kilkenny’s full forward. Niamh Comerford kept Dublin in the game by sticking over two points before halftime. 

 

Halftime score Kilkenny 4-06 Dublin 0-07.

 

Dublin made a few changes coming into the second half with number 23, Elyse Jamieson Murphy slotting into the half back line and number 19, Aoife Deegan going into the forward line, with no changes to the Kilkenny side made.

 

Dublin started the second half strongly with a point from number 10, Aisling Gannon but it was answered with a goal from Kilkenny’s number 13, McHardy. But number 15, for Dublin, Katie McDonald got her name to the score sheet with a point straight after.

 

Dublin made another change to their forward line taking off number 12, Caitlin Coffey for number 26, Meadhbh Hicks.

 

Number 9, Ciara O’Keeffe for Kilkenny joined her cousin Roisin on the score sheet by sticking over two points one after another in the 45th minute. With this Kilkenny made changes and brought in number 17, Sarah Barcoe and number 22, Sarah O’Donnell. 

 

Dublin’s Niamh Comerford added to her tally by sticking over another point just before the water break.   

 

Dublin then made a change by bringing in number 21, Christine Shanahan for the last 15 minutes. 

 

Kilkenny opened the 4th quarter of the game with number 17, Sarah Barcoe making an impact by sticking over a point.

 

Both teams made a change at this stage with number 16, Olivia Mahony for Kilkenny coming on and number 29,Roisin Ní Chatasaigh coming on for Dublin.

 

Asha McHardy struck another point for Kilkenny which was answered by Dublin’s Katie McDonald popping it over the bar.

 

Another great impact sub for Kilkenny, Sarah O’Donnell putting her name on the score sheet with two points in a row making a strong case for herself to start the next match.

 

Niamh Comerford got a nasty ankle injury and was taken off late in the game, hopefully she’ll have a speedy recovery as she would be a huge loss for Dublin. 

 

Kilkenny finished off the game with another goal and point with the player of the match being awarded to Kilkenny’s Asha McHardy.

 

The final score, Kilkenny 6-13 Dublin 0-11

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