Kilkenny beat Cork in camogie final

Kilkenny's Michelle Quilty lifts the O'Duffy Cup
Kilkenny's Michelle Quilty lifts the O'Duffy Cup


Kilkenny are All-Ireland Senior Camogie champions for the first time in 22 years after they beat Cork 1-13 to 1-09 at Croke Park.

Kilkenny held a slender advantage at half time, 0-8 to 0-6, after a nip and tuck half that saw both sides spurn glorious goal chances.

Kilkenny created a chance after nine minutes but Michelle Quilty pulled her effort narrowly wide.

Cork were going for three All-Irelands in a row and they will rue a missed penalty five minutes before the interval. 

Hannah Looney was dragged to the ground but after the referee correctly awarded the penalty, Aoife Murray saw her effort tipped over the bar by Ann Dalton. 

Denise Gaule scored five of Kilkenny's first-half points from frees, with Julie Ann Malone contributing two points from play.

Kilkenny were totally dominant in the second half and they had already moved four points in front when Shelly Farrell landed the decisive score of the game on 41 minutes.

Farrell blasted the sliotar to the roof of the net after good set-up play by Katie Power.

Power added a score of her own to make it an eight-point game soon afterwards and Kilkenny never looked back.

Cork’s task was made even more difficult when Gemma O’Connor was sent off for two yellow card offences.

Orla Cotter blasted a 20-metre free to the net in the last minute but the goal was little consolation for Cork as Kilkenny ran out deserved winners.