Ann Downey's charges got off to winning start in the league
Kilkenny got their bid for a fourth consecutive National Camogie League title off to a promising start, but they were pushed hard by a youthful Clare before leaving the John Lockes ground in Callan with the spoils, 1-9 to 0-7.
Denise Gaule, Michelle Quilty and the eye-catching Danielle Morrissey had the black and amber on the front foot early on, and though Róisín Begley and Amy Keating settled Clare nerves, a Gaule goal from a penalty just before the change of ends left it 1-6 to 0-3.
The Bannerwomen refused to be cowed by that setback or the vaunted opposition and restricted Ann Downey’s charges to just three points after the resumption, from Player of the Year Anne Dalton, Gaule and Morrissey.
Indeed Clare ‘won’ the second half, with Keating the prime beneficiary of her teammates endeavours to convert four frees and give them plenty to build on for the remainder of the campaign.
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