There was a touch of class in the manner of their victory as the Kilkenny under-14 ladies Gaelic footballers scored the first success of their Leinster campaign on Saturday.
The Kittens were full value for their win, beating neighbours Carlow in Thomastown on Saturday.
Despite missing a few players due to illness and school commitments, the girls delivered on the performance they showed in the first half of their defeat to Louth, but crucially they stayed the distance in this encounter.
A Laoise Prendiville point in the first minute set the tone as Kilkenny dominated from start to finish with an exhibition of point scoring. A goal from Nicole Carter after five minutes, followed by Lizzie Buckley’s like score in the 15th minute, gave Kilkenny a good 2-11 to 0-1 advantage at the break.
Ruth Ryan and Nicole Carter continued the point scoring in the second half, with a third goal coming from Nicole Dwyer to give Kilkenny a 3-17 to 0-1 win.
In a strong overall team display, all six starting forwards put their name on the scoresheet. Kilkenny will now take on Offaly in their next game this Saturday.
SCORERS: Nicole Carter (1-5); Ruth Ryan (0-6, 0-2 frees); Lizzie Buckley (1-1); Nicole Dwyer (1-0); Laoise Prendiville (0-2); Roisín Allen, Kate Maher, Caoimhe Kelly (0-1 each).
Kilkenny - Emma Fox (Barrow Gaels), Meabh Walsh (Erin’s Own), Emma Nolan (City), Aoife Murphy (Muckalee), Sarah Smith (City), Jane Cass (City, captain), Vivienne Healy (Three Friars), Rebecca Roche (City), Roisín Allen (Erin’s Own), Lizzie Buckley (Thomastown), Nicole Carter (City), Kate Maher (Erin’s Own), Caoimhe Kelly (Thomastown), Laoise Prendiville (City), Ruth Ryan (Thomastown). Subs: Michelle Farrell (Erin’s Own), Clodagh Hanlon (Muckalee), Leah Maher (Erin’s Own), Jenny O’Dea (Piltown), Nicole Dwyer (Muckalee), Claire Curtin (City), Alanna Keegan (Muckalee), Hannah Brennan (Thomastown).
Team Management: Tom Cullen (Muckalee), Seamus Norris (Piltown), Tom Nolan (Erin’s Own).
The minors had a walk over against Carlow at the same venue.
While the county under-14 game was going on, a Piltown-backed Scoil Mhuire side from Carrick-on-Suir beat the Presentation Tuam from Galway at St Brendan’s Park, Birr to qualify for the All-Ireland Junior ‘C’ final in a fortnight’s time. The Carrick team, which featured Piltown players Kelly Ann Doyle, Aoife Doyle, Chloe Holden and Emily McCarthy in the starting team and had Lisa Norris, Laura Power and Sophie Holden as subs, cruised to a 4-21 to 4-4 victory over the Galway girls.
The result capped a great week for Kilkenny Gaelic football, as the Presentation Kilkenny had already won the Leinster Junior ‘D’ final, scoring a comprehensive 9-11 to 0-2 win over Loreto Foxrock at The Heath in County Laois earlier in the week.