Katie Power strike puts Kilkenny on road to All-Ireland decider

Galway lose at semi-final stage for a third straight year

 Katie Power celebrates scoring Kilkenny’s  goal in the Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship semi-final against Galway  at Semple Stadium in Thurles. Photograph:  Bryan Keane/Inpho

Katie Power celebrates scoring Kilkenny’s goal in the Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship semi-final against Galway at Semple Stadium in Thurles. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

 

Kilkenny 1-10 Galway 1-7

A goal in the 48th minute by Katie Power finally separated Kilkenny from a Galway side that left nothing in the tank as they bowed out of the Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Senior Camogie championship at the semi-final stage for a third consecutive season.

Kilkenny will be hoping that the trend of the unlucky Tribeswomen losing to the eventual champions will continue and it was significant that they added three quick points from Denise Gaule (two) and Meighan Farrell to stretch their lead to six.

There was some late drama as Rebecca Hennelly drilled a penalty to the net in the fifth minute of injury time to give Galway hope but a stunning catch by Gaule from the westerners’ last attack ensured that it was the League champions and the 2017 Championship runners-up that would prevail.

Galway began well and had a point from a free by last year’s minor star Carrie Dolan and might have had a couple more, as Niamh Kilkenny, Ailish O’Reilly and Dolan looked threatening.

Galway’s Sarah Dervan is comforted by Ann Dalton of Kilkenny at the end of the Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship semi-final at Semple Stadium in Thurles. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho
Galway’s Sarah Dervan is comforted by Ann Dalton of Kilkenny at the end of the Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship semi-final at Semple Stadium in Thurles. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Kilkenny took control for 15 minutes or so thereafter and might have had a couple of goals, one overhit pass denying them a gilt-edge opportunity, though Sarah Healy showed an excellent touch to complete the clearance.

Soon after, it took a fantastic block from outstanding captain Sarah Dervan to deny Michelle Quilty a certain goal.

Two pointed frees from Gaule put Kilkenny ahead and she was astray with three other good opportunities.

After Quilty pounced on a loose clearance to stretch the lead, Kilkenny took a pass from O’Reilly to find the target and then the full forward was fouled for Dolan to equalise.

Kilkenny hit the front with the score of the game, as Anna Farrell took a pass from Gaule and then drew the cover before batting the ball back over her head for Katie Power to find the target. Farrell provided the assist also for Julieanne Malone and it was 0-6 to 0-4 at the change of ends.

The sides were level within eight minutes of the resumption as Dolan converted a couple of placed balls, the first after just 39 seconds of action.

The staccato nature of proceedings continued but Galway were assuredly on top and Dolan, landed a free from wide on the left and outside the 45 to give Cathal Murray’s crew the lead.

Malone equalised and then started the move for the goal that was always going to be significant in such a tight encounter.

She did well to gather possession, and get the chain under way. Davina Tobin and Shelly Farrell were also involved, leaving Power to steal in and take the final pass, giving Healy no chance with a hand pass to the net for the key score.

KILKENNY: E Kavanagh; C Dormer, C Foley, E Keane; C Phelan, A Dalton, D Tobin; D Gaule (0-6, six frees), M Farrell (0-1); S Farrell, K Power (1-1), J Malone (0-1); E Keane, A Farrell, M Quilty (0-1).

Subs: M Walsh for Quilty (50 mins).

GALWAY: Sarah Healy; Shauna Healy, S Dervan, T Kenny; R Black, H Cooney, L Ryan; A M Starr, N Kilkenny (0-1); A Donohue, C Cormican, N McGrath; C Dolan (0-5, five frees), A O’Reilly (0-1), N Coen.

Subs: S McGrath for Coen (42 mins), R Hennelly (1-0, penalty)for Starr (49), N Hanniffy for Dolan (51), O McGrath for Black (60), C Walsh for Shauna Healy (60)

Referee: R Kelly (Kildare)

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