It is All-Ireland day for the Camogie Association today, Laois were crowned Junior Premier All-Ireland Champions in the first game of the day while Waterford were crowned All-Ireland Intermediate Champions after a 2-9 to 1-5 win over Kildare.
A huge turnaround in the game from losing to 1-2 to no score in the opening 10 minutes meant Waterford commanded the game once Aisling Power found the net. The greasy wet conditions didn’t phase Kildare as they dominated the opening ten minutes of the game. An immediate goal from Noelle Earley set the pace of the game after she took full advantage of the camogie rule dropping her hurl and handpassing the ball past Keeper Deirdre Brennan.
Two more points for ‘The Lilles’ from Emer Reilly and Melissa Lyons stretched Kildare lead to 1-2 as Waterford hit their fifth wide of the game. Eventually Beth Carlton got her side on the score sheet after she pointed from play and from a placed ball as the 17 year old really stood up the mark to take responsibility for her team.
There was a famine of scores after Beth Carlton’s free, but Kildare kept Waterford extremely busy being a constant threat keeping the ball inside the Waterford ’65 forcing Patricia Jackman back as center-back from where she originally lined out at midfield.
It was all Waterford from this stage on in the game, two points from Lorraine Bray and Jennie Simpson narrowed the game back to just a single point as Waterford began their comeback just before the half time break. A shuffle on the pitch for Waterford meant Shona Curran replaced Dawn Power. Aisling Power found the net after she found space on the edge of the small square rattling the Kildare net just before the break making it Kildare 1-2 Waterford 1-4.
Young Beth Carlton shone for ‘The Deise’ finding a net from a long distance free at the start of the second half, Emer Reilly attempted to close the gap for Kildare pointing from distance. Huge work rate and intensity from Waterford pushed Kildare to their limits as the physicality and tackling increased throughout the second half.
Three points without answer from Waterford’s Nicola Morrisssey, Niamh Rockett and Lorraine Bray put the final nail in the coffin for Kildare’s All-Ireland dream. Susie O’Carroll hit Kildare’s two last scores of the game but this effort wasn’t enough for the attacking force of Lorraine Bray and threat of Jackman’s long range free’s.
Waterford were crowned All-Ireland Intermediate champions four years on from their premier junior title after a 2-9 to 1-5 win over Kildare as they progress to the senior ranks for 2016.