Cool Cats to face the Tribeswomen
Published 01/08/2016 | 02:30
Camogie: Kilkenny will play Galway in the Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Senior Camogie semi-final after a comfortable 1-19 to 0-11 win over Offaly at MacDonagh Park.
The sides have met twice already this season, with the Noresiders prevailing in the National League Division 1 final but their old rivals had the upper hand in the last game of the round-robin stages.
That win gave Galway a direct route to the last four while Kilkenny faced what looked a dangerous-looking hurdle in the form of an Offaly team that had hammered Wexford and won four out of five group games.
Ann Downey and her management team clearly learned from their first defeat of the year and they will be brimming with confidence as they renew acquaintances with the Tribeswomen.
Kilkenny got a dream start with a goal from Julieann Malone and Offaly never seemed to recover from the setback. Miriam Walsh (two), Anna Farrell and Michelle Quilty all added points before Michaela Morkan put Offaly on the board.
Kilkenny were relentless however, and the unerring Gaule fired over five more points to give her side a 1-11 to 0-6 lead at half-time. That wasn't an insurmountable gap, as evidenced by the other quarter-final in Waterford, but Kilkenny were anxious to remove any hope Offaly might have had of producing a similar fightback to that chiselled out by Wexford.
To give Adrian Clancy's charges credit, they were much more competitive after the resumption and kept their feint hopes alive with three points from Morkan, but Kilkenny had scoring power from everywhere and went on to claim victory.
Earlier, Wexford snatched an injury-time victory against Tipperary to book a semi-final date against champions Cork on Saturday week.
Not for the first time in a remarkable career, Kate Kelly was the hero as she held her composure to convert a winning free in their 2-11 to 0-16 victory at Walsh Park, having seconds earlier chased back deep into her own half to force a turnover as Tipp strove for a winner.
That was the 36-year-old's eighth point of the day but as joyous as it proved for Wexford, it was a nightmare event for their opponents. Brian Boyle's outfit will be thoroughly devastated, as they led by eight points early in the second half, having been the dominant outfit until then.