Cats see off Tipp to secure sixth minor camogie title in 10 years

Second-half comeback comes up short for gallant Tipperary in pulsating encounter

Kilkenny players celebrate at the final whistle after winning the all-Ireland minor camogie title. Photograph: Ken Sutton

Kilkenny players celebrate at the final whistle after winning the all-Ireland minor camogie title. Photograph: Ken Sutton

 

A 52nd minute goal from Ciara Phelan secured Kilkenny’s sixth title in 10 seasons of the All-Ireland minor championship, continuing their dominance of the A grade by accounting for Tipperary at St Brendan’s Park Birr by 3-9 to 1-12.

This was a pulsating encounter, with Tipperary producing a wonderful second-half comeback that saw them draw level, having been eight points behind just before the interval.

And even when Phelan struck her devastating blow, they still came fighting back, but second-half sub Grace O’Brien’s shot was deflected for a 45 at the death. That gave Tipp one last opportunity but as the sliotar landed in the Kilkenny square, their defenders held firm to clear their lines and

Kilkenny settled the quickest with three points in the first seven minutes. Sarah Kent converted a 45 and a free, book-ending a Sarah Walsh point that might well have been a goal as her rising shot just cleared the crossbar.

Niamh Treacy, who finished with seven points, responded with a pair for Tipperary but they were rocked back on their heels by two goals in the space of two minutes at the end of the opening quarter. The first came from Jenny Clifford, who took a pass from Walsh and shook the rigging. She then returned the favour to Walsh, who made no mistake either.

Second Captains

A brilliant point from influential midfieler, Kellyann Doyle, followed by scores from Phelan and Clifford opened up an eight-point lead but critically, Tipperary shot three of the last four points, including another Treacy brace, to keep themselves in touch, trailing by 2-7 to 0-7 at half time.

The Munster girls were a very different proposition after the resumption though and a scoring spree that yielded 1-3 without reply brought them level. The goal came from the excellent Orla O’Dwyer and with Ciardha Maher and Róisín Howard adding points, it was 2-9 to 1-12 entering the final quarter.

The exchanges were frantic in that decisive period and it was Phelan who held her cool, having been placed by the fabulous Clifford, to make it another famous day for the Noresiders.

Meath won the B final, overcoming the Derry challenge by 4-6 to 2-10 in Inniskeen. Derry looked bound for glory when Eimear McGuigan’s high ball found its way to the Meath net in the first half and when the magnificent Aoife Shaw added three points (she finished with 2-5) they were seven clear.

That lead was still three entering the closing stages but Niamh Gallogly pounced for her second goal to achieve parity for the Royals. Captain and player of the match, Aoife Minogue gave them the lead and Amy Gaffney followed up to give Derry the edge.

Aisling Burke was the hero for the seniors last week with an extra-time goal to qualify the midlanders for the Irish Daily Star Division 2 League final and she did the business once more as the minors defeated Antrim by 0-13 to 0-7 in the B shield decider. The Laois skipper scored six points, while Niamh Enright was the primary contributor for Antrim with four.

Cavan claiming the honours over Monaghan in the C shield final, by virtue of a 2-6 to 0-4 scoreline.

The Irish Times Logo
Commenting on The Irish Times has changed. To comment you must now be an Irish Times subscriber.
SUBSCRIBE
GO BACK
Error Image
The account details entered are not currently associated with an Irish Times subscription. Please subscribe to sign in to comment.
Comment Sign In

Forgot password?
The Irish Times Logo
Thank you
You should receive instructions for resetting your password. When you have reset your password, you can Sign In.
The Irish Times Logo
Please choose a screen name. This name will appear beside any comments you post. Your screen name should follow the standards set out in our community standards.
Screen Name Selection

Hello

Please choose a screen name. This name will appear beside any comments you post. Your screen name should follow the standards set out in our community standards.

The Irish Times Logo
Commenting on The Irish Times has changed. To comment you must now be an Irish Times subscriber.
SUBSCRIBE
Forgot Password
Please enter your email address so we can send you a link to reset your password.

Sign In

Your Comments
We reserve the right to remove any content at any time from this Community, including without limitation if it violates the Community Standards. We ask that you report content that you in good faith believe violates the above rules by clicking the Flag link next to the offending comment or by filling out this form. New comments are only accepted for 3 days from the date of publication.