The all action Cats turn on the power!

by on the 24th of July 2019

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Kilkenny 4-23

Limerick 1-13

The Kilkenny Senior Camogie team dazzled when putting on a display of attacking play in the championship on Saturday

This fine win at John Locke Park confirmed their place in the Liberty Insurance All Ireland Senior Camogie Semi Finals on August 17th after they swept Limerick aside

To be honest, this was a stunning performance by Ann Downey’s squad and which Limerick had no answer to their fast, hard running and inventive play

Kilkenny started in blistering fashion, shooting five unanswered points from play between the first and fifth minutes

On the mark were Michelle Quilty (2), Katie Power and Denise Gaule (2). The Cats were in the grove already

Niamh Mulcahy got the Shannonsiders off the mark in the 8th minute when she converted a well-aimed 45 m free

The homeside then hit another three points through the flying Anne Dalton, Katie Power and Anna Farrell to lead by a healthy 0-8 to 0-1 after only 10 minutes

A minute later, Niamh Mulcahy soloed through the Kilkenny defence and slotted over the bar

Denise Gaule and Michelle Quilty added to Kilkenny tally from two placed balls as they cut down the visitors attempt to get back

Caoimhe Costelloe and Karen O’Leary narrowed the gap slightly with a point each before Miriam Walsh split the posts for Kilkenny in the 18th minute

Niamh Mulcahy tagged on two points for the Shannonsiders after that, leaving the score 0-11 to 0-6 after 25 minutes.

In the run up to the interval, the homeside hit a purple patch scoring five unanswered points during a blistering six minutes spell

On target were Meg Farrell, Katie Power (2), Denise Gaule & Michelle Quilty (f) as Kilkenny widen the gap to 10 points at half time: 0-16 to 0-6

On the resumption, Kilkenny continued to drive on with force as they sent out a serious message to all comers

Early on Denise Gaule split the posts from a free and the hard driving Anne Dalton blasted a rasper of a shot passed the Limerick goalie

The visitors were sinking and they knew it. They pulled back a point from Rebecca Delee but this was negated by one from the deadly finishing Denise Gaule

Shortly after Anne Dalton brought the best out of the Limerick keeper who deflected a low, hard drive out for a 45m. Michelle Quilty made sure Kilkenny got some reward when she pointed on 38th minutes

Niamh Mulcahy scored a Limerick point from a free but the homeside replied with two quick goals through Katie Power and Michelle Quilty to widen the gap to 20 points by the end of the 3rd quarter

Entering the final 15 minutes the visitors tacked on 2 points, Dearbhla Egan from play and Niamh Mulcahy from a free while Michelle Quilty added to her tally with a point

Miriam Walsh struck over a fine point before Anne Dalton soloed through the Limerick defence and riffled a powerful shot to the net for her second goal in the 50th minute

The game was long gone on Limerick, but that score finished them completely

With about 10 minutes remaining, the homeside eased off somewhat. The visitors scored a hand passed goal by Rebecca Delee and with 3 points from Niamh Mulcahy, (1 free) they as least had the consolation of finishing on a high

Kilkenny had their final 2 scores from Michelle Quilty, one from a 45 and the other from a 30m free, to sign off smartly after a hugely impressive show

Scorers – Kilkenny – Michelle Quilty (1-8, 6f), Katie Power (1-4), Anne Dalton (2-1), Denise Gaule (0-6, 2f), Miriam Walsh (0-2), Anna Farrell, Meg Farrell (0-1 each)

Limerick – Niamh Mulcahy (0-9, 6f), Rebecca Delee (1-1), Caoimhe Costelloe, Karen O’Leary, Dearbhla Egan (0-1 each)

Kilkenny – Emma Kavanagh, Colette Dormer, Catherine Foley, Grace Walsh, Edwina Keane, Claire Phelan, Davina Tobin, Meg Farrell (Joint Captain), Kelly Anne Doyle, Anna Farrell (Joint Captain), Katie Power, Anne Dalton, Michelle Quilty, Miriam Walsh, Denise Gaule

Subs – Danielle Morrissey for Claire Phelan, Aoife Doyle for Denise Gaule, Niamh Deely for Anne Dalton, Edel Coonan for Kelly Anne Doyle, Michelle Teehan for Grace Walsh, Aoife Norris, Grace O’Donnell, Steffi Fitzgerald, Mary O’Connell, Miriam Bambrick, Aine Phelan, Eva Hynes, Michaela Kenneally, Katie Brennan

Limerick – Laura O’Neill, Judith Mulcahy, Muireann Creamer, Marian Quaid, Roisin Ambrose, Sarah Carey, Mairead Ryan, Karen O’Leary, Deborah Murphy, Rebecca Delee, Niamh Mulcahy, Lisa Leonard, Caoimhe Lyons, Niamh Ryan, Caoimhe Costelloe

Subs – Dearbhla Egan for Lisa Leonard, Laura Stack for Caoimhe Lyons, Neamh Curtin for Mairead Ryan, Lorraine McCarthy for Niamh Ryan, Claire Keating, Claire McNamara, Megan O’Mara, Katie Hennessy, Sophie O’Callaghan

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