Antrim battle for good victory in League but locals still have hope

Kilkenny suffered their first defeat of the intermediate Camogie League when defeated by a good and improving Antrim team in Thomastown on Sunday after a keenly contested match, writes T.J. Mills.

Kilkenny suffered their first defeat of the intermediate Camogie League when defeated by a good and improving Antrim team in Thomastown on Sunday after a keenly contested match, writes T.J. Mills.

The losers opened the scoring when Lydia Fitzpatrick cut through the Antrim defence and tapped over what was a fine score.

Antrim responded when Emma Connolly pointed from a free. Emma Comerford put Kilkenny ahead again from a free after a foul on Aisling Butler.

The exchanges continued in much the same fashion up to the break, at which stage Kilkenny led by 0-7 to 0-5 after playing with the breeze.

Lucia McNaughton opening the second half scoring on 33 minute to cut the Kilkenny lead to the minimum. Emma Comerford put the Cats two clear again before Shannon Graham posted a reply.

The teams were level within a minute when Lucia McNaughton scored from 25 metres.

Kilkenny went clear when Aisling Butler scored. The decisive time came in the 44th minute when Antrim scored 1-1 without reply. Emma McMullen levelled at 0-9 points each.

Good goal

From the puck out Antrim gained possession in midfield. The ball was played into the forward line where Samantha McKillen won possessiosn and lashed the ball into the net.

Antrim never looked back after that.

Scorers: Antrim - Emma McMullan (0-4, one free); Lucia McNaughton (0-3); Samantha McKillen (1-0); Emma Connolly, Ursala McCotter, Shannon Graham (0-1 each); Orlagh McCall (0-1, free). Kilkenny - Emma Comerford (0-5, frees); Lydia Fitzpatrick (0-3); Orla Hanrick (0-2); Therese Muldowney, Aisling Butler (0-1).

Kilkenny - Noelle Murphy, Lisa Carey, Stacey Quirke, Sonia Buggy, Meave Mansfield, Aine Fahy, Claire Aylward, Aine Kinsella, Lydia Fitzpatrick, Laura Walker, Therese Muldowney, Sarah Crowley, Orla Hanrick, Emma Comerford, Aisling Butler. Subs - Megan Farrell, Christine Lyng, Noelle Maher, Nessa Farrell, Aisling Nolan.

Antrim - Eleanor Mallon, Chloe Drain, Stephanie O’Kane, Una McNaughton, Cathy Carey, Emma Connolly, Sarah McNicholl, Natalie McGuinness, Maeve Connolly, Samantha McKillen, Maira Mulholland, Lucia McNaughton, Nicole O’Neill, Ursala McCotter, Emma McMullan. Subs - Danielle McMichael, Aileen Martin, Bronagh Orchin, Orlagh McCall, Shannon Graham, Kathryn Donnelly.