Thursday 22 February 2018

Malone brace leads rampage as Kilkenny make light of the weather

Danielle Morrissey provided three of the points. Photo by David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile
Danielle Morrissey provided three of the points. Photo by David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile

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Camogie: Only one Littlewoods Ireland League Division 1 game survived the deluge and it was Kilkenny who benefited with a second-half masterclass to beat Dublin 3-17 to 3-5 at the Parnells GAA complex in Coolock.

Both sets of players produced a wonderful display despite the attritional conditions in what was a repeat of last year's All-Ireland semi-final.

The champions got off to a brisk start with points from Danielle Morrissey (free) and Anne Dalton inside the opening minute.

Eimear McCarthy opened the scoring for Dublin but the visitors stretched their advantage to five after 11 minutes thanks to a flurry of points from by Miriam Walsh and Katie Power, who landed two apiece.

A key member of the Dublin team that reached last year's Premier Junior All-Ireland final, Roisin Baker, stopped the rot before a goal and four points rocked Kilkenny, albeit momentarily.

Zoe O'Donoghue continued her fine form with her second goal in a week before Siobhan Kehoe hit three consecutive points, including two from play, and David Herity's charges were a couple ahead.

Kilkenny are full of experience but it was minor Aoife Doyle who provided the riposte with a goal just before the interval and a point in injury-time to put her side in front by 1-7 to 1-5 at half-time.

Dublin resumed with a goal from Emma Flanagan, but the Noresiders found another two gears.

They shot two goals and eight points by the time the Sky Blues added to their tally with an Alex Griffin goal five minutes from time but by then, the result was beyond doubt.

Morrissey provided three of the points and Dalton two, with other minors provided by Walsh and Doyle, while it was Julie Ann Malone who made the killer contributions with a brace of goals.

It was left to Morrissey, who finished with five points, and Walsh, who brought her tally to four from play, to complete the scoring and stretch the margin to 12.

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