THERE was more disappointment for the Kilkenny senior camogie team, as they crashed to a third successive loss on Saturday.
An 11-point defeat to Cork means that the Cats’ All-Ireland hopes hang in the balance; now they must beat Offaly in a play-off if they are to make the quarter-finals.
The team’s hopes were hampered further by the loss of team captain Catherine Doherty to an ankle injury, the knock putting her in doubt of playing against the Faithful County.
The start was anything but dour, as scores from cousins Miriam and Grace Walsh gave Kilkenny the early advantage. However, Cork responded through Claire Shine before making a decisive breakthrough.
Failing to clear a long ball driven in goalwards, Kilkenny paid the price when Briege Corkery kept the sliotar in play before Katie Buckley finished to the net (1-1 to 0-2).
Cork dominated majority of possession afterwards, outscoring Kilkenny up to half-time. They should have been further in front than their 1-6 to 0-4 lead allowed, but poor wides and heroics from Catriona Ryan held them back.
Kilkenny raised their game on the restart. They gave themselves hope with a well-taken goal from their player of the championship Miriam Walsh on 37 minutes, the score owing much to the hard-working Edel Maher.
However Cork were unfazed. They assumed control of the scoring, limiting Kilkenny to 0-3 while shooting 1-8 themselves.
Jennifer O’Leary with three pointed ‘45s, Briege Corkery, Anna Geary and the outstanding Katrina Mackey all added to their scoring tally. Their superiority was confirmed deep into stoppage time when substitute Linda Dorgan added a second goal.
The result leaves Kilkenny’s All-Ireland dreams hanging by a thread. Next up is that play-off against Offaly, with a place against either Tipperary or Cork in the All-Ireland quarter-finals on the August Bank Holiday weekend up for grabs.
Meanwhile, there was major disappointment for the Intermediates as their championship hopes ended with a 1-16 to 0-6 defeat to Cork which followed the senior contest.
Michelle Browne was the source of damage as she accounted for 1-12 of her side’s total. She struck 1-9 from frees, while also pointing a penalty.
SCORERS: Cork - Jennifer O’Leary (0-5, 0-4 45s); Katie Buckley, Linda Dorgan (1-0 each); Katrina Mackey, Anna Geary (0-3 each); Briege Corkery (0-2); Claire Shine, Joanne Casey (0-1 each). Kilkenny - Miriam Walsh (1-1); Michelle Quilty (0-4, 0-3 frees); Grace Walsh, Kelly Hamilton (0-1 each).
Cork - A. Murray, J. Duffy, A. O’Regan, J. O’Callaghan, P. Mackey, G. O’Connor, E. O’Sullivan, J. O’Leary, O. Cotter, C. Shine, A. Geary, J. Casey, K. Buckley, B. Corkery, K. Mackey. Subs: L. Dorgan, J. White, S. Burns.
Kilkenny - C. Ryan, C. Shiel, C. Doherty, R. Jones, K. McDonald, E. Aylward, J. Frisby, K. Power, G. Walsh, E. Maher, M. Walsh, E. Mulhall, M. Quilty, E. Comerford, N. Maher. Subs: J. Cunningham, K. Hamilton, N. Byrne.