Monday 27 May 2019

Tipp deliver coup de Grace to Cats

Tipperary 0-14 Kilkenny 0-8

Kilkenny lost free-taker Katie Nolan to an injury early on and the Cats struggled from placed balls thereafter, though in Kelly Hamilton they possessed a real threat. (stock image)
Kilkenny lost free-taker Katie Nolan to an injury early on and the Cats struggled from placed balls thereafter, though in Kelly Hamilton they possessed a real threat. (stock image)

Daragh Ó Conchúir

LONG-SERVING captain Sabrina Larkin has played at senior level for more than a decade for Tipperary without tangible success and there was no hiding her joy as she delivered her speech after the Premier County bagged their first Littlewoods Ireland Camogie League Division 2 title.

This was an important win for the county and manager Bill Mullaney hailed Larkin's leadership.

"Absolutely thrilled for the girls," said Mullaney on Tipp FM. "I think on the day we deserved it overall. They're an incredible bunch. They're a group that deserved something.

"Sabrina is fantastic, I'm delighted for her. She's such an inspiration and you couldn't wish for a better captain."

Larkin was equally pleased.

"It's a long time coming so we'll enjoy it," said the skipper. "This League has been so tough, some serious games in it. Kilkenny were probably the cutest and cleverest team we played so it was gonna be a dogfight, so we're absolutely delighted.

"I'm looking forward to the (All-Ireland) Championship. I think there's silverware there to be got if we want it enough and things go right for us."

An eight-point contribution earned Jenny Grace the Player of the Match spoils, while Larkin led from the front and Andrea Loughnane was a constant threat at full-forward.

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Kilkenny lost free-taker Katie Nolan to an injury early on and the Cats struggled from placed balls thereafter, though in Kelly Hamilton they possessed a real threat.

It was 0-8 to 0-4 at the break and though Kilkenny pushed hard after the resumption, Tipp always had a little bit more to offer.

SCORERS - Tipperary: J Grace 0-8 (7f); A Loughnane 0-4; N Treacy, C McKeogh 0-1 each. Kilkenny: K Hamilton 0-4 (3f), K Nolan 0-2 (f); C Phelan, L Green (f) 0-1 each

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