Sharp Kilkenny prevail on opening day

Kilkenny 2-15;
Waterford 0-6.
All-Ireland champions Kilkenny over-ran Waterford with a slick attacking display on Saturday afternoon to open their O’Duffy Cup defence in style.
Ann Downey sent out thirteen of the team from last September and set to work straight away in blustery Walsh Park conditions. Lively corner forward Shelly Farrell and Player of the Match Katie Power hit the net in either half to put the game far beyond the hosts. Julie Ann Malone also impressed with three first half points. Their fluid forward movement and accurate short passing created openings. A mean defence held the Déise scoreless from play over the sixty minutes as Collette Dormer marshalled Beth Carton.
Jenny McCarthy acted as a seventh defender for the home side and while Waterford got in the faces of the black and amber, they didn’t carry a sufficient attacking threat. Their possession game broke down too often in the final third. Carton sent over four frees while the returning Aine Lyng contributed two. Brianna O’Regan, Claire Whyte and Aoife Landers gave their all in white and blue.
The favourites led from start to finish and posted three wind assisted points inside four minutes through Katie Power, Denise Gaule (free) and Julie Ann Malone. Aine Lyng marked her Inter-County comeback with a free on eight minutes. Shelly Farrell responded immediately.
Twelve minutes in, Malone capitalised on a Waterford mistake and advanced towards goal. O’Regan bravely saved twice from Farrell and Michelle Quilty but Farrell scrambled it over the line (1-4 to 0-1).
At the other end, McGlone was fouled by Malone but Lyng pulled her free wide. The sharp combination play among the Kilkenny forwards disrupted Waterford’s defensive shape. Two Malone points either side of a Katie Power single left it 1-7 to 0-1.
Carton foraged deep to get possession and soloed along the stand sideline. Her stick pass located Kate McMahon on the burst. Eamon Collins waved away appeals for a free but he eventually whistled for a foul on McGlone. Carton duly converted.
Captain Anna Farrell and 2016 Player of the Year Denise Gaule gave the favourites a double figure lead. There was some encouragement in added time for Waterford when Lyng and Carton both raised white flags from frees (1-9 to 0-4).
O’Brien’s outfit came out for the second half with real intent. Niamh Rockett pressurised Anne Dalton into the concession of a free. Carton retrieved Lyng’s delivery but her shot was blocked down.
The De La Salle forward then closed the gap to seven after a push from Collette Dormer. Faced with a determined rearguard action, Kilkenny couldn’t add to their tally during the third quarter. Jenny McCarthy and Marie Russell received yellows but Gaule surprisingly missed two easy frees. McCarthy and O’Regan charged down shots on goal from Michelle Quilty and Miriam Walsh.
Those exertions took a toll however as Kilkenny produced 1-6 in a powerful final quarter. Danielle Morrissey was introduced and made up for Gaule’s inaccuracy with three points. Three minutes from time, Power exchanged passes with Quilty and lashed to the far corner of the net. On a frustrating afternoon for the Déise forwards, Rockett’s late effort at a point from play fell short. Carton dispatched a consolation free with the final puck of the contest.
In the other Group 1 game, Clare lost to Dublin by 3-11 to 1-14 at Parnells. Waterford travel to Cusack Park on Saturday with both teams desperate for two points to keep their quarter final hopes alive.
Scorers for Kilkenny: Katie Power 1-3, Shelly Farrell 1-1, Julie Ann Malone, Danielle Morrissey (2fs) 0-3 each, Anna Farrell, Denise Gaule (2fs) 0-2 each, Miriam Walsh 0-1.
Scorers for Waterford: Beth Carton 0-4 (4fs), Aine Lyng 0-2 (2fs).
Kilkenny: Emma Kavanagh; Catherine Foley, Davina Tobin, Collette Dormer; Claire Phelan, Anne Dalton, Grace Walsh; Meighan Farrell, Anna Farrell; Julie Ann Malone, Katie Power, Denise Gaule; Shelly Farrell, Miriam Walsh, Michelle Quilty.
Subs: Danielle Morrissey for Malone, Jenny Clifford for Shelly Farrell, Jenny Reddy for Anna Farrell, Grace O’Donnell for Gaule.
Waterford: Brianna O’Regan; Marie Russell, Fiona Morrissey, Claire Whyte; Mairead Power, Shauna Kiernan, Iona Heffernan; Kate McMahon, Aoife Landers; Aine Lyng, Beth Carton, Niamh Rockett; Caithriona McGlone, Jenny McCarthy, Lorraine Bray.
Subs: Niamh Ahearne for McMahon, Valerie O’Brien for Landers, Becky Kavanagh for Lyng.
Referee: Eamon Cassidy (Derry)
Waterford county Camogie Notes
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All Ireland Senior Championship Round 2- Saturday, 17th June Venue Cusack Park, Ennis, Co. Clare Time 2.30 pm
Best of luck to our seniors who take on Clare in Round 2 of the Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Championship. This game will take place on Saturday, 17th June in Cusack Park, Ennis at 2.30 pm. Please come out and support the girls.
Camogie Feile
Best of luck to Gaultier and Modeligo who represent Waterford in the National Feile competition Division 1 and 2 this weekend.
Camogie FÉile Skills National Competition
Well done to Anna Mai Drohan who represented Waterford in the National Féile Skills in Abbotstown on Saturday last.
Under 12 Competition Results
U-12A Wednesday, 7th June:
Portlaw 3-0; Gaultier 4-3
U-12A Thursday, 8th June:
Cappoquin v Dungarvan
U-12B1 Tuesday, 6th June:
Modeligo 6-3; An Rinn 3-0
Butlerstown 0-0; DLS 0-0
Abbeyside 4-2; Tramore 2-1
U-12B2 Tuesday 6th June:
Clonea 4-4; Lismore 2-1
Tallow 3-1; Ballyduff Upper 0-1
Brickey Rgs 5-5; Gaultier 0-0.
Waterford Camogie Office
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