Mixed luck as the intermediates draw and minors beaten in camogie action

Mixed luck as the intermediates draw and minors beaten in camogie action

Kilkenny opened the senior National League with a strong victory, and the intermediate side played a draw.

The intermediate team began their Division 2 campaign by making the long trek to Newry on Sunday to take on 2014 junior All-Ireland Champions, Down.

In tough weather conditions, Kilkenny opened playing against the strong breeze and they put in an impressive defensive display.

They did well to find themselves a mere point behind at the break, 0-4 to 0-3 thanks mainly to three pointed frees from Roisin Breen.

Down began the second half brightly and raced into a 0-6 to 0-3 lead.

Kilkenny were getting more and more into the contest and they hit back for uplifting points from Edel Frisby and a further Roisin Breen free to cut the gap to the minimum.

Down scorer and chief Niamh Mallon, who contributed five of her team's total, push the home side 0-7 to 0-0-5 clear.

However, points from Roisin Breen and the equaliser from second half sub Marguerite Hoynes ensured Kilkenny came home with a share of the spoils.

The game finished level at 0-7 each.

Next up for Kilkenny is a meeting with 2015 junior 'A' All-Ireland champions, Carlow, who lost narrowly against reigning junior champions Laois, 0-9 to 0-7.

That game is fixed for a Kilkenny venue on Sunday afternoon.

Minors beaten

Meanwhile, the Kilkenny minor team were also in action on Sunday in the All-Ireland 'A' championship against Tipperary in a repeat of last year’s All-Ireland decider.

The reigning All-Ireland champions began the game well and were well deserving of their six point lead at half time, 2-6 to 0-6.

Tipperary began to get a foothold in the game and stormed right back into the contest.

They raced into a 3-9 to 3-7 lead entering the closing stages.

Try as they might Kilkenny couldn’t get the crucial score to claim the win and the Premier County held out to record a 3-9 to 3-7 victory.

Next up for Kilkenny is a tricky away trip to Clare. A win there would bring them back into contention.