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20 years and counting: Kilkenny heartbroken as wait for senior title continues

“Their hurling never really clicked and the bit of luck never went their way.”

Devastated: Kilkenny's Edwina Keane after yesterday's final.
Devastated: Kilkenny's Edwina Keane after yesterday's final.
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KILKENNY’S WAIT FOR a first All-Ireland senior camogie title will enter its twentieth year in 2014 after defeat to Galway in yesterday’s decider.

Co-manager of the Cats Graham Dillon was devastated with the defeat for his side, who he felt did not show their true quality on the day.

“I’m heartbroken for the 24 girls inside there who have given everything for Kilkenny camogie, drove the whole thing on today.

“I didn’t feel they deserved to go down that way. They just never got going and probably know that themselves.”

You couldn’t question their work-rate but they didn’t give a great account of their hurling skills which is a real pity, they just never got off the ground today. Their hurling never really clicked and the bit of luck never went their way.

The game swung on a five minute spell before the break when Galway snuck in for 1-2, and Dillon said the goal was a huge factor in the deciding of the game.

“That was a poor goal to concede and Shelly Farrell had got a hand-pass away at the far end that could as easily have gone into the net. Their goal went in and ours didn’t but Galway are deserving winners, they were the better team today and being here a couple of times before might have stood to them.”

He believes that there is more to come from the Kilkenny women, and it won’t be long before they finally take back the O’Duffy Cup.

“Our message to the girls afterwards was to take heart from what Galway have done, to keep at it because there’s definitely an All-Ireland in that dressing-room, I’ve no doubt about it.”

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