Danielle Morrissey grabbed 11 points as the Kilkenny under-16 team secured the Leinster ‘A’ camogie title with a win over Dublin in Banagher on Sunday.
Dublin raced out of traps and opened the scoring with a Ciara Holland point.
Danielle Morrissey hit an equaliser from 20 metres before Ciara Holland put Dublin ahead again.
Kilkenny hit back with three points from Clara Hendrick, Eimear Farrell and Morrissey to race 0-4 to 0-2 clear.
Hollyn Kennedy stopped the rot for the Metropolitans with a point after an initial Alix Buckley shot dropped short and was brilliantly saved by Kilkenny net minder, Leah Dunne.
Kilkenny hit back brilliantly, shooting a devastating 1-3 without reply.
Danielle Morrissey stated the run with a free from 50 metres in the 16th minute. Eimear Farrell then got in for the first goal when she latched on to a Lisa Donnelly pass to tap home from the edge of the small square.
Lisa Donnelly tapped over a point before Suzie Aylward added another to put the winners 1-7 to 0-3 ahead after 22 minutes.
Dublin bounced back for a Ciara Holland point (free). The opposition replied with two Danielle Morrissey pointed frees to make it 1-9 to 0-4.
Dublin then got in for a goal after Alix Buckley latched on to a long dropping ball into the Kilkenny square (1-9 to 1-4). Morrissey responded for Kilkenny to close out the first half scoring - 1-10 to 1-4.
The Noresiders burst into action at the start of the new half. They shot 1-2 on the bounce.
Danielle Morrissey first landed a long range point from play. Caroline Kennedy then got in for Kilkenny’s second goal.
Aoife Doyle slipped over a point to put Kilkenny 2-12 to 1-4 ahead.
Credit to Dublin, they never gave up . They hit back for two goals through Ciara Holland and Sinead Wylde (2-12 to 3-4).
Kilkenny regained their composure and put a scoring run of 1-6 together. Danielle Morrissey lashed over four points.
Aoife Doyle got in on the act when shooting a well taken point in the 50th minute. Rachel Kelly, who was just introduced as a sub, slipped over a well taken point before Eimear Farrell then put the game to bed in the 52nd minute when she took a Maria Brennan pass before slamming the ball into the net (3-18 to 3-4 ). It was game over!
Kilkenny can head into the All-Ireland campaign in July in good spirits. In that series Waterford are first up away on July 8.
SCORERS: Kilkenny - Danielle Morrissey (0-11, seven frees); Eimear Farrell (2-1); Caroline Kennedy (1-0); Aoife Doyle (0-2); Ciara Hendrick, Suzie Aylward, Lisa Donnelly, Rachel Kelly (0-1 each). Dublin - Ciara Holland (1-4, point free); Sinead Wylde (1-1); Alix Buckley (1-0); Hollyn Kennedy (0-1).
Kilkenny - Leah Dunne, Laura Quigley, Lucy Power, Maria Brennan, Caroline Kennedy, Nicole Carter, Alannah Gallagher, Caoimhe Dowling (capt), Aoife Doyle, Katie Brennan, Danielle Morrissey, Suzie Aylward, Ciara Hendrick, Eimear Farrell, Lisa Donnelly. Subs: Emily Crowley, Eimear Leahy, Laoise Prenderville, Eve Leacy, Kym Ryan, Ruth Kent, Steffi Fitzgerald, Una Kinsella, Hannah Kelly, Rachel Kelly, Emily Phelan, Kate Kearns, Dearbhail O’Keeffe.
Dublin - Megan Thomas, Jody Couch, Rebecca Lewis, Jennifer O’Sullivan, Rachel Regan, Chloe Mullen, Jessica McClelland (capt), Aoife Mahon, Rachel Brennan, Karen Murphy, Derbhla Nolan, Sinead Wylde, Ciara Holland, Laura Quinn, Alix Buckley.
Referee - Aiden O’Brien (Wexford).