The Kilkenny senior camogie teams made it two wins from two when they proved too strong for Dublin in All-Ireland championship in Freshford on Saturday.
The Cats, the League champions, are building up a good head of steam and the hope is that they can continue to drive forward.
That won’t be easy with a difficult game against Tipperary to come.
It was Dublin who started the game the brighter. They grabbed the opening point after 40 seconds through Siobhan Kehoe.
Kilkenny burst into life and shot 1-1 on the spin. Shelly Farrell got them off the mark with a goal in the third minute.
She sprinted on to a Denise Gaule pass before blasting home from 14 metres.
Miriam Walsh put Kilkenny three points clear when she tapped over a point from 20 metres in the 11th minute.
Dublin responded with a brace of points through Alison Maguire.
The first from 45 metres came in the 12th minute and that was followed by a massive free from 65 metres.
Julieann Malone steadied the ship for Kilkenny when she hit back for a point from 21 metres before Ann Dalton tapped over a capital point from 50 metres in the 19th minute.
The teams traded points from frees with Alison Maguire tapping over for the Dubs before Ann Dalton landed a free for the Cats to leave the scorer 1-4 to 0-4.
Dublin cut the deficit to a point after Alison Maguire converted two frees to underline her hot, hot form.
Closed out scoring
Ann Dalton interrupted the flow when she shot a point from a free from 50 metres for the winners.
Orla Beagan responded for the Metropolitans with a massive point from 60 metres.
Miriam Walsh closed out the first half scoring with a point for Kilkenny from 21 metres.
That lodgement to the account left Kilkenny leaders by 1-6 to 0-7 at the break.
The winners began the second half well. They drilled over three points without reply.
Miriam Walsh started the run with a point from 35 metres. Ann Dalton followed this up with a free before she tapped over a well taken point from play in the 37th minute (1-9 to 0-7).
The teams then traded frees. Alison Maguire struck over a free for Dublin before Ann Dalton replied from a free (1-10 to 0-8).
Alison Maguire responded for the Dubs to cut the deficit to four points again, 1-10 to 0-09.
Kilkenny eased any doubts of a Dublin comeback when they lashed home 1- 1.
Ann Dalton started the decisive run with a free from 40 metres before she set up Denise Gaule for Kilkenny’s second goal.
Dalton cut through the Dublin cover before handpassing to Gaule on the edge of the small square. The latter had the easy task of tapping home to make it 2-11 to 0-9.
Dublin were hurt, but they hit back for an Alison Maguire point from a free, her eighth of the afternoon.
Denise Gaule closed out the contest with a pointed free in injury time from 65 metres to see Kilkenny home safely.
Next up for Kilkenny are Tipperary away on Saturday. This time last year the Cats dished out a big beating to the Premier girls, but under new management this time, Tipp are a very different proposition.
SCORERS: Kilkenny - Ann Dalton (0-7, five frees); Denise Gaule (1-1, point free); Shelly Farrell (1-0); Miriam Walsh (0-3); Julieann Malone (0-1). Dublin- Alison Maguire (0-8, seven frees, one 45); Siobhan Kehoe, Orlando Beagan (0-1 each).
Kilkenny - Emma Kavanagh, Sarah Crowley, Davina Tobin, Colette Dormer, Claire Phelan, Edwina Keane, Jacqui Frisby, Anna Farrell, Meighan Farrell, Denise Gaule, Julieann Malone, Ann Dalton, Sarah Ann Quinlan, Miriam Walsh, Shelly Farrell.
Subs - Ann Marie Lennon, Miriam Frisby, Michelle Quilty (capt), Kelly Ann Doyle, Aine Gannon, Stacey Quirke, Sarah Kent, Maureen Walsh, Laura Murphy, Kate McDonald, Grace Walsh, Katie Power, Aisling Dunphy, Niamh Deely, Aoife O’Carroll, Michelle Teehan.
Dublin - Sile Nic Coitir, Catriona Power, Aisling Carolan, Aine Woods, Eve O’Brien, Alison Maguire, Miriam Twomey, Laura Twomey, Leah Butler, Caragh Dawson, Louise O’Hara, Ali Twomey, Siobhan Kehoe, Orla Beagan, Sarah O’Donovan.
Subs- Kate Whyte, Laoise Quinn, Orlaith Durkan, Mairead Luttrell, Siofra Walsh, Mairi Moynihan, Claire Rigney, Aoife Bolger, Elaine O’Meara, Grainne Quinn, Aine Fanning, Alex Griffin, Emma Flanagan.
Referee - Eamon Cassidy (Derry).
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