Monday 24 October 2016

Black and amber paint clear view

THE Donnycarney Roar rose. Siobhan Kehoe did her best to grab the sliotar by the scruff of the neck.

Anytime she got on the ball, the volume went up.

She got Dublin's goal. And a tasty point too. She almost got in for a second goal.

But in the end, it was Kilkenny who left Parnell Park last Saturday with the 3-13 to 1-10 victory.

It was the opening day of the Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Championship.

A stiff enough breeze blew into the score-board end. The visitors availed of it in the first half.

And at the tea, they led by 1-6 to 0-4. Their claws quickly settled into the green carpet.


Their dancing feet belonged on the stage of The Gaiety. Their distribution was as assured as Eddie Stobart.

Their defence didn't give the Dubs a crumb. Centre half-back, Colette Dormer, is a majestic performer.

And they had an ace in their free-taker, Denise Gaule.

Dublin had their own accomplished free-taker in Ali Maguire. She landed some long-range strikes.

She would have been home at Chambers Bay.

Looking on from the stand were camogie Royalty. Former Presidents, Phyllis Breslin and Bridin Uí Mhaolagain, plus camogie's former Director-General, Sheila Wallace.

The movement and the overall fitness of the sides would have impressed them. Kilkenny rarely got caught in possession. Any sign of heavy traffic, their plasticine wrists would earn them clear motorway.

They went four points up inside the opening ten minutes. Maguire converted Dublin's first point on 11 minutes.

Kilkenny's opening goal on 16 minutes came from a free. A long distance effort from wide on the left from Gaule.

Their second goal arrived three minutes into the restart. Gaule's free was blocked. Michelle Quilty made the most of the second helping.


Kehoe quickly replied with a firm strike to the bottom left-hand corner.

But ten minutes into the half, Miriam Walsh raced clear to palm in Kilkenny's third.

A second goal now would have lifted the hosts. At one stage, goalkeeper, Kate Whyte, made the long journey to take a free.

She struck it well. But it was saved.

During the week, Kate had finished second in the Dublin Camogie Poc Fada on Howth Head.

Aisling Maher and Maguire kept Dublin's till ringing. Louise O'Hara hit a charming point from wide on the right.

Emma Flanagan also sent over a free. Yet there was no denying the gloss of the black and amber.

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