08 Aug 2022

Cats start League in mean mood

Cats start League in mean mood

The reign of the new Kilkenny senior camogie management team of Ann Downey, Paddy Mullally and Connor Phelan got off to a flying start.

The Cats recorded a comprehensive victory over Derry in the National League Conahy on Sunday.

The victors raced out of the traps and opened the scoring after 29 seconds when Sarah Ann Quinlan pointed a free.

Denise Gaule doubled the advantage from play in the eight minute. Ann Dalton made it 0-3 to no score when she tapped over a massive point from 50 metres.

Deep trouble

Derry were already in deep trouble. Kilkenny’s good run continued when Aine Gannon got in for a goal in 12th minute when she latched on to a Denise Gaule pass.

Aine Gannon followed with a well worked point from play after receiving from Michelle Quilty.

Ann Dalton chipped in with her second point in 18th minute. Already it looked like the Oakleaf county was in desperate trouble.

Kate McDonald pointed to keep up the one way scoring traffic, 1-6 to no score.

Kilkenny put the game to bed just on the stroke of half time when Denise Gaule raced on to a Michelle Quilty pass before hand passing the sliotar home from the edge of the small square.

Game Over

The score was 2-6 to no score at the break. The game was over, really.

Derry began the second half brighter. They grabbed their first and only point of the contest through a well taken Karen Kelt effort from 30 metrss in the 33rd minute.

From there on it was all Kilkenny, scoring wise. Denise Gaule started the scoring rush when she tapped over a brace of points.

The first came in the 37th minute from 30 metrss, before she followed this up with a point from the same distance.

Sarah Ann Quinlan continued Kilkenny good run and got in for their third goal in the 41st minute when she took a Michelle Quilty before tapping home.

With the score at 3-8 to 0-1, the rest of the match was about statistics.

NExt Up

Next on the agenda for Kilkenny is a meeting with intermediate All-Ireland champions of 2015, Waterford, on Sunday afternoon.

SCORERS: Kilkenny - Sarah Ann Quinlan (2-2, 0-2 frees); Denise Gaule (1-3); Aine Gannon (1-1); Michelle Quilty (1-0); Ann Dalton (0-2); Kate McDonald (0-1). Derry - Karen Keilt (0-1).

Kilkenny - Emma Kavanagh, Stacey Quirke, Sarah Kent, Jacqui Frisby, Sarah Crowley, Edwina Keane, Colette Dormer, Miriam Frisby, Anna Farrell, Kate McDonald, Ann Dalton, Sarah Ann Quinlan, Michelle Quilty, Denise Gaule, Aine Gannon.

Subs - Ann Marie Lennon, Kellyann Doyle, Julieann Malone, Laura Murphy, Aoife Neary, Davina Tobin, Grace Walsh, Miriam Walsh, Katie Power, Meg Farrell, Shelly Farrell.

Derry - Kelly-Marie Hegarty, Cara Farren, Aoife Ni Chaiside, Megan Kerr, Aoife Shaw, Aileen McCusker, Eilis Ni Chaiside, Sinead Faulkner, Shauneen Donaghy, Grainne McNichol, Karen Keilt, Niamh Boylan, Adrienne Gorman, Mary Kelly, Niamh McQuillan.

Subs –Aileen Carmichael, Aimee Devlin, Kathryn McNamee, Dania Donnelly, Aine Kelly, Eimear Mullan, Shauna Quinn, Grainne O’Kane, Dervlagh McGuigan, Anita McCullough, Emer Stinson.

Referee - Owen Elliott (Antrim)

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