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Revenge on the cards? - Limerick and Kilkenny reach camogie final in Croker

The two sides had two very different semi-final clashes today in the Intermediate matches.

Claire Mulcahy takes on Lorraine Bray in Dr Cullen Park today.
Claire Mulcahy takes on Lorraine Bray in Dr Cullen Park today.
Image: Donall Farmer/INPHO

LIMERICK FANS WILL be back in Croke Park next month, and given the opportunity to exact some revenge on Kilkenny.

The Treaty ladies overcame Waterford in today’s All-Ireland intermediate camogie semi-final, despite a late, late showing by the Déise — they now face Kilkenny who eased past Kildare in today’s other semi-final.

Despite trailing early on and for much of the first-half in today’s first match; 0-3 to 0-0 down after 10 minutes, a quick start to the second-half proved vital in setting Limerick on their way to the final.

Waterford were in fact the better team for much of the opening half, maintaining their three-point advantage right up to the interval when they led 0-6 to 0-3.

Former Young Player of the Year Niamh Mulcahy was Limerick’s main scoring threat, grabbing all of her team’s scores.

Karen O'Leary with Niamh Rockett Source: Donall Farmer/INPHO

Yet Limerick burst out of the blocks after the break; first leveling matters within 10 minutes, and then enacting a three-point lead of their own during the next 10-minute spell. All the while Waterford failed to register a score, their first of the second-half not actually arriving until the 53rd minute.

Yet with two points in the difference, a resurgent Waterford team re-entered the game in a desperate attempt to draw level. Despite a Lorraine Bray score though, they could find neither an equaliser, nor a winning goal during the tense closing stages in Dr Cullen Park.

Mags Fennelly and Aine Fahey with referee John Dolan Source: Donall Farmer/INPHO

It ended 0-9 to 0-8, meaning that Fiona Hickey will now lead her team out in Croke Park on 7 September, hoping to go one better than last year.

In the second semi-final Kilkenny dominated from the get-go, and eventually won by a comfortable 12-point margin.

Playing with the breeze in the first-half, the Cats led by five at the interval — a late Siobhán Hurley score leaving the Lilywhites very much in the game.

Lydia Fitzpatrick and Jane O'Donoghue Source: Donall Farmer/INPHO

After the interval, the two teams traded points for much of the opening 10 minutes, although Kildare would not manage another score for the remainder of the game.

Also, a Melissa Lyons penalty on 33 minutes was vitally saved — and with that Kildare’s opportunity was largely missed. In contrast, Kilkenny managed 1-6, against the elements, during that crucial final quarter.

The final score in this one, Kilkenny 1-16 Kildare 0-7, and a month after Richie Power broke Limerick hearts, the county’s ladies now have the opportunity to make amends.

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