Depleted Kerry go down battling against Lilywhites

All-Ireland Minor

Championship, Rd 2

Kildare 1-8

Kerry 2-2

Played in Straffan last Sunday Kerry travelled without Patrice Diggin, Alanna Maunsell and Siobhain Donegan for varying reasons, so Kerry were always going to be up against it.

Kerry started brightly and within five minutes, had their first score with a well worked goal from Annmarie Leen.

Kerry's goalkeeper Isabel O'Connor produced an outstanding display between the posts, and was called into action early when Kildare's Chanice Corcoran weaved her way through the defence and shot for goal. Brilliantly saved by O'Connor her quick puck outs found their mark, but Kerry were unable to yield any score from wave after wave of attack.

Kildare's midfield of Meabh Walsh and Deirbhile Byrne began to exert their dominance and full foward Emer Reily popped over three points in quick succession.

Kerry engineered a couple of few but these were missed and with Kildare contolling proceedings they led at half time 0-6 to 1-0.

At half time Melissa Dineen came on for Andrea Hanly, and a converted free from Annmarie Leen got Kerry back on track early in the half. Kerry's defence was under serious pressure, but Louise Hobbert, Aoife Fitzgerald and Therese Moran kept thwarting Walsh and Corcoran with some wonderful hooking and blocking.

A Kerry free dropped into the square was pulled on by Gilbert and beat the keeper, but from the puckout Kildare barrelled their way into the Kerry square and Emer Reilly gave O'Connor no chance.

Kerry showed some great battling quality, and Niamh Leen popped up with a point from play leaving three between them with five minutes left. It was all Kerry for that last period but lady luck was left at the county bounds, and Kildare held out for the win.

It's back to the training this week, as Westmeath travel to Kerry this Saturday for round 3.

KERRY: Isabel O'Connor, Louise Hobbert, Aine O'Connor, Therese Moran, Orla Young, Aoife Fitzgerald, Julianne O'Keefe, Niamh Leen, Orlaigh Casey, Annmarie Leen, Megan Weir, Aoife Behan, Andrea Hanly, Cora Carroll, Norann Gilbert, Melissa Dineen.

Intermediate League

Clanmaurice were due to play Na Piarsigh in a back game, but Na Piarsigh asked for a postponement.

U14 Home League

Cillard travel to play Newcastlewest this week as part of the home and away league. Causeway pulled out of this league at short notice. Killarney are making plans for their trip to Croke Park on April 6 with the U12 team.

It is hoped a Camogie executive will be put in place for their next club meeting on April 9.

U16 Munster Final

Kerry play Limerick tonight (Wednesday) at 7.30pm in Caherslee. This is the third year in a row Kerry have met Limerick and on both occasions, Limerick have emerged victorious by the narrowest of margins. Will it be third time lucky for Kerry as they play on home soil for the first time? Support for the girls would be very much appreciated, as they go in search of a first title at this grade. With Jessica Fitzell still out with a cruciate tear, a new look team with a number of girls making their debut, it will make for an interesting duel.

National Congress

With Congress being held in Westport last weekend, a number of motions were up for discussion. New affiliation rules were comprehensively voted in, which will give much needed funding to county boards as a new single memberhsip will come into operation in 2014.

The 200-mile limit remains, which means home and away for inter county teams as opposed to a half way venue.

The number of All Ireland tickets to be purchased by clubs has been reduced from 3 to 2, and the age limits for playing with your club also remains, despite clubs arguing being unable to field teams due to this very rule.

Allowing a 12-year old to play Minor with their club is not the way to sustain membership, and this motion was withdrawn.


Wednesday, March 27

Munster U-16 Final

Kerry v Limerick in Caherslee, Tralee, 7.30pm.

Saturday March 30

All-Ireland Minor C'ship Rd 3

Kerry v Westmeath, venue and time tbc

Intrermediate League

Clanmaurice v Kileedy

Tuesday, April 2

U14 Limerick League

Causeway v Cappamore


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