Kilkenny cruised to victory in Round 3 of the All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship on a scoreline of 2-16 – 0-08 at UPMC Nowlan Park on Sunday.
Kilkenny began the game in a sluggish manner and failed to surge into an expected early lead. The two teams traded points throughout the first quarter of the game with the score level at four points apiece when referee Justin Heffernan signalled for the water break. The pick of the scores early on came from Kilkenny’s Katie Nolan and Ann Dalton (both from play) and a long-distance point from Limerick half-back Judith Mulcahy.
Kilkenny continued to be wasteful throughout the remainder of the first-half but a combination of Limerick’s lack of an attacking threat and the solid free-taking of Windgap’s Denise Gaule extended Kilkenny’s lead to 0-08 – 0-04 at half-time.
Brian Dowling’s side improved immediately from the second-half throw-in with points from Gaule and wing-forward Aoife Doyle stretching Kilkenny’s lead to nine points, 0-14 – 0-05. A goal from Doyle, brilliantly finished by the Piltown woman, all but ended Limerick’s chances of getting their first victory of the season.
Gaule added another free and a goal from a penalty to finish with an impressive 1-7. Limerick missed a penalty of their own when Caoimhe Costelloe hit her shot over the bar for the final score of the game. It ended with Kilkenny scoring a total of 2-16 to Limerick’s 0-08.
Kilkenny will not play again until November 28 where they will face the winner of one of the quarter-finals that are set to take place next week.