Fast starting Kilkenny end Offaly's hopes

Kilkenny 1-19

Offaly 0-11

Offaly's interest in the All Ireland Senior Camogie Championship ended at the quarter-final on Saturday as they lost out to Kilkenny at MacDonagh Park in Nenagh.

Having beaten Kilkenny in the Group stages, Offaly were brimful of confidence going into the game but their opponents got off to the dream start with a goal and Adrian Clancy's side never recovered.

League champions Kilkenny now go on to face Galway in the last four while Offaly, who won four of their five group games, will be left to rue another year where they didn't pass the quarter-final stage.

Kilkenny started the game at a relentless pace and were 1-4 to 0-0 ahead before the tenth minutes. Julieann Malone hit the goal inside 60 seconds from close range with the points following from Miriam Walsh (2), Anna Farrell and Michelle Quilty.

Michaela Morkan eventually got Offaly off the mark with a free but Kilkenny responded with three more points in a row to make it 1-7 to 0-1, a deficit Offaly would not be able to haul back.

To their credit, Offaly continued to battle and Arlene Watkins and Siobhan Flannery both landed excellent points to get them at least into their stride.
Kilkenny responded with two Denise Gaule frees before Michaela Morkan and Michelle Quilty traded scores.

Offaly were now matching Kilkenny as they shook off the shock of their opponents fast start and the St Rynagh's duo of Siobhan Flannery (free) and Linda Sullivan were both on target.

Denise Gaule scored another free for Kilkenny to leave her side 1-11 to 0-6 ahead at the break.

As they did in the first-half, Kilkenny blasted out of the blocks in the second-half with Michelle Quilty and Katie Power on target.
This time however Offaly stopped the charge in a timely fashion with Michaela Morkan hitting three quick points.

Another Kilkenny point left them 1-14 to 0-9 ahead before another quick brace ended any hopes of an Offaly fightback as the gap extended to nine points.

Offaly never threw in the towel however and Michaela Morkan and Tina Hannon gave them a glimmer of hope. Kilkenny were quick to end Offaly's lingering hopes with three more points to extend the lead to double digits.

Offaly did have a late penalty but it summed up their day when Michaela Morkan’s effort was saved.


Scorers: Denise Gaule (0-6, 0-4 frees); Julieann Malone (1-1); Michelle Quilty (0-4); Miriam Walsh (0-3); Anna Farrell, Shelly Farrell, Katie Power, Aisling Dunphy, Meighan Farrell (0-1 each).
Team: E Kavanagh, J Frisby, D Tobin, C Dormer, C Phelan, E Keane, A Farrell, M Walsh, M Farrell, D Gaule, J Malone, A Dalton, M Quilty, K Power, S Farrell Subs: G Walsh for Keane (48mins), A Farrell for SA Quinlan (50mins), KA Doyle for Malone (52mins), A Dunphy for Quinlan (56mins), A Gannon for Power (59mins)

Scorers: Michaela Morkan (0-6, 0-4 frees, 0-1 45); Siobhan Flannery (0-2, 0-1 free); Arlene Watkins, Linda Sullivan, Tina Hannon (0-1 each).
Team: Eleanor Clendennen, Deirdre Cashen, Jean Brady, Fiona Stephens, Aisling Brennan, Siobhan Flannery, Marion Crean, Debbie Flynn, Orlaigh Kirwan, Lorraine Keena, Lynda Sullivan, Michaela Morkan, Mairead Jennings, Arlene Watkins, Tina Hannon Subs: Christine Cleary for Flynn (HT), Grace Teehan for Sullivan (43mins)

Referee: C Egan (Cork)

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