Friday 28 July 2017

League final sees repeat of All-Ireland as Cats face Cork

 

Ann Downey has instilled a never-say-die element in Kilkenny. Photo by David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile
Ann Downey has instilled a never-say-die element in Kilkenny. Photo by David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile

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Kilkenny and Cork will resume rivalries once more, this time in the Littlewoods Ireland Camogie League Division 1 final on April 23, after they overcame the challenges of Galway and Limerick respectively.

It will be a repeat of last September's All-Ireland final, which saw the Black and Amber prevail comfortably to end a 22-year drought and in the process, seal a wonderful double, having garnered League honours earlier in the season.

Cork came out on top by a point when the teams met in the group stages in Kilkenny on April 1 and emerged from that phase of the competition with a 100pc record, so the latest rematch will be highly anticipated.

Ann Downey has instilled a never-say-die element in Kilkenny and allied with the belief that comes from accumulating silverware, her side turned a first half deficit into a 1-14 to 0-11 triumph over Galway.

In the second half, Denise Gaule (two), Katie Power and Miriam Walsh registered points to turn things around and though Galway stopped the rot to reduce the margin to the minimum, it was a momentary relief for Galway as Gaule drove over a trio of points (she finished with six), and Walsh and Julie Ann Malone added scores to secure victory.

In the other semi, John Tuohy's Limerick showed plenty of character, with Niamh Mulcahy keeping the scoreboard ticking over.

However, Cork's Katrina Mackey and the regal Gemma O'Connor had impressive replies before Niamh McCarthy removed all doubt with her second goal eight minutes from time, leaving it 3-15 to 0-12.

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