Kilkenny upset the odds


CAMOGIE ALL-IRELAND SENIOR CHAMPIONSHIP SEMI-FINAL Kilkenny 1-13 Galway 1-11: WITH ONE third of their team still under the age of 20, Kilkenny threw the form book out of the window on home ground on Saturday when they ousted hot-favourites Galway in a fascinating Gala All-Ireland senior camogie semi-final at Nowlan Park.

They are back in Croke Park next month for the first time since 2001. Entering the fourth minute of injury-time and her side trailing by two points, outstanding wing back Elaine Aylward parted to substitute Marie O’Connor who blasted an unstoppable shot to the right corner of the net to give her team the lead for the first time.

A minute later Katie Power sealed the deal with her point to give the Black and Amber a sensational victory.

KILKENNY: C Ryan; L Fennelly, C Doherty, J Frisby; E Aylward, A Butler, L Lyng; C Dormer, A Dalton (0-1); E Keane, D Gaule (0-3), K Power (0-2); M Quilty (0-1), T Muldowney, A Neary (0-5, 3 frees, 2 45s). Subs: M O’Connor (1-1)for M Quilty, A Dunphy for T Muldowney (both 43 mins).

GALWAY: S Earner; R Glynn, A Kelly, T Manton; A M Hayes, S Cahalan, N Kilkenny, S Tannion, L Ryan; B Hanney (0-2), T Maher (0-3, two frees), J Gill (0-1); V Curtin (0-2), O Kilkenny (1-0), A Connolly (0-3). Subs: C Glyn for L Ryan (48 mins), C Cormican for J Gill (49), S Donoghue for O Kilkenny (57), A Hillary for S Tannion (58).

Referee: C Egan(Cork).

Next up . . .Kilkenny and Cork meet in the final at Croke Park on September 13th.