Mother Carey boosts Antrim by netting crucial goal to sink Cats
All-Ireland Intermediate championship: Antrim 2-13 Kilkenny 1-12
KATIE Carey marked her return to Antrim senior camogie with the winning goal in the 56th minute of a yesterday's All-Ireland Intermediate championship in Dunloy.
Introduced as a sub in the 35th minute Carey, who became a mother just before Christmas, had the spade-work done by Ciara Laverty and Caitrin Dobbin, but it was still a cool finish from the former county captain.
That goal was badly needed.
Kilkenny stayed with Antrim throughout the game and indeed led for periods as the home team shot 18 wides in a patchy performance no doubt triggered by the need to replace four of the starting team shortly before throw-in and the positional switches that resulted.
Antrim started well with points from Maeve Kelly, Áine Magill and Nicole O'Neill inside the opening six minutes. Magill, getting her first start after a Player of the Match performance last Sunday in the Ulster Minor final, added another point in the 9th minute to put her side 0-4 to 0-2 ahead, but already the wayward shooting was having an impact.
As Antrim faltered, Kilkenny took advantage and a run of five unanswered points from the 22nd to 29th minutes put them into a 0-9 to 0-5 lead they probably deserved. However there was a sting in the tail just before the break with Caoimhe Conlon and Cáitrín Dobbin working the opening for Róisín McCormick to tap home from close range.
Although McCormick (from a free) and Magill pointed on the re-start to give Antrim the lead, Ciara O'Keefe won a penalty in the 42nd minute and Sophie O'Dwyer hit the net to make it 1-9 to 1-7 for the visitors who also passed up on several relatively easy scoring opportunities.
Magill, with a brilliant mazy run, fired over her fourth point in response and McCormick levelled the game by the second water-break. The teams exchanged points on two occasions as Caitrín Dobbin's pace took her clear and the Loughgiel flyer then beat her player on the left wing, drew the cover and found Katie Carey for the goal.
Kilkenny pushed hard to rescue the game but Antrim were now in control and saw the game out.
The Saffrons will be relieved to get the victory and, on reflection, will look at some positives; the return from injury of Chloe Drain and Maeve Connolly, the exuberance of debutante Áine Magill and Katie Carey's cameo performance. But a team with aspirations of following Down to the title would want a more composed overall display on home soil.
In the other game in Antrim's group a goal from Kate Wall in the first half saw Cork go on to comfortably beat Kildare by 1-15 to 0-7. Antrim travel to Cork this Saturday in Round Two.
Antrim : Cáitríona Graham, Katie McKillop, Chloe Drain, Maria Lynn, Maeve Connolly, Caoimhe Conlon, Claire McKillop, Lucia McNaughton capt., Amy Boyle, Maeve Kelly, Nicole O'Neill 0-2 frees, Áine Magill 0-4, Róisín McCormick 1-4, 4 frees, Ciara Laverty, Caitrín Dobbin 0-2.
Subs :Katie Carey 1-0 for N O'Neill (35), Shauna Devlin for C McKillop (55), Niamh Anne Donnelly for M Lynn (57)
Kilkenny: Sinéad Farrell, Niamh Leahy, Róisín Phelan capt., Ciara Murphy, Aisling Curtis, Sarah Crowley, Tiffany Fitzgerald, Laura Hegarty 0-1, Ciara Phelan 0-1, Sarah Walsh, Leann Fennelly 0-1, Ciara O'Keefe 0-1, Sophie O'Dwyer 1-5, 1-0 penalty, 4 frees, Hannah Scott, Therese Donnelly 0-1.
Subs: Danielle Quigley for T Donnelly (38), Clare Nolan for C Murphy (45),Eva Hynes 0-2 frees for S O'Dwyer (47), Jennifer Leahy for N Leahy (47).
Referee : EP Cassidy (Derry)
All-Ireland Senior championship
Wexford 4-10 Offaly 0-15
Down 0-10 Cork 1-13
Dublin 0-9 Waterford 2-7
Galway 2-12 Clare 2-6
Westmeath 1-11 Kilkenny 2-17
Tipperary 2-20 Limerick 1-11
All-Ireland Intermediate championship
Galway 4-19 Carlow 0-4
Kildare 0-7 Cork 1-15
Laois 0-10 Derry 1-19
Kerry 1-11 Tipperary0-11
Meath 1-19 Dublin 1-10
Antrim 2-12 Kilkenny 1-12
All-Ireland Premier Junior Championship
Armagh 3-12 Waterford 2-8
Kildare 0-4 Roscommon 2-26
Limerick 3-11 Cavan 1-10