Rower Inistioge (2-9)
Kilmaley (1-5)
All Ireland Club C'Ship Semi Final
Venue: Nowlan Park, Kilkenny

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All Ireland Intermediate Semi final

Rower Inistioge, Kilkenny 2-9 Kilmaley, Clare 1-5

Kilmaleys dream of being the first Clare club to contest an All Ireland Intermediate Club Final ended at the hands of Kilkenny and Leinster champions Rower Inistioge on Sunday in Nowlan Park on a final scoreline of Rower 2-9 Kilmaley 1-5.

Rower Inistioge having won the toss, played with the aid of a strong breeze and that wind advantage, coupled with a brace of first half goals from Aife Lyng within a few minutes, ensured Kilmaley had their work cut out for them to overturn the half time deficit in the esecond period of play.

The visitors had the opening attack of the game from the throw in, and Shonagh Enright sent a cross field ball to the Rower square only for Kilamley to be penalised and play move to the other end. Centre back Kelly Hamilton had 3 points on the board for the home side from placed ball inside the opening 10 minutes. Claire McMahon opened Kilmaleys tally with a converted free in the 15th minute, Kilmaleys only score of the opening half. Kilkenny senior camogie goalie Catriona Ryan pointed from play in the 17th minute. Rower were dominating all over the field as they harried Kilmaley for possession. Hamiltons shot down the field to Lizzie Lyng was well controlled by Lyng and sent goal bound, however though Edel Griffey stopped the shot, the clearance wasn’t quick enough and gave Aoife Lyng the opportunity to goal for the home side. Ryan was to the fore in setting up Rowers second goal just two minutes later, when she sent a shot to Aoife Lyng from out on the left wing. Lyngs shot deceptively went under the bar, leaving Kilmaley trailing 2-4 to 0-1 with 24 minutes playd. Rower added a further 3 points before the break, holding the Kilmaley attack at the same time.

Kilmaley needed a strong second half performance and McMahon converted a 45 in the opening minutes, however Hamilton cancelled it with a 45 for her side two minutes later. Kilamleys goal came in the 40th minute, when mcMahon from out on the wing, landed a free in the square, Emma O’Driscoll finishing to the net. Two more ponts, McMahon and Denise Lynch, saw Kilamley trail by 2-8 to 1-4 with 6 minutes of normal time remaining. Hamilton, Rowers chief scorer on the day, added another point in the 58th minute to seal the Leinster champions victory, leaving the final score to Lynch, whose goal bound free was blocked and sent over the bar.

Rower-Inistioge, Kilkenny: Emma Kavanagh, Jane Cullen, Eimear Lyng, Becky Dempsey, Emma Hynes, Kelly Hamilton 0-7 6F 1 ‘45, Ciara Lyng, Aine Gannon, Briona Langton, Sarah O’Mahoney. Lizzie Lyng(captain) 0-1, Bridin White, Christine Lyng, Catriona Ryan 0-1, Aoife Lyng 2-00,

Sub: Tara Kennedy for O’Mahoney 41 minutes,

Kilmaley(Clare): Edel Griffey, Lisa Kennedy, Denise Lynch 0-2 1F, 1 ‘45, Sinead O’Halloran, Niamh Cahill, Katie Cahill, Eimear Considine, Aida Griffey, Niamh O’Dea, Shonagh Enright, Emma O’Driscoll 1-00, Claire McMahon(captain) 0-3 2F 1 ‘45, Helen McMahon, Aishling O’Halloran, Ailish Considine,

Subs: Lorna Higgins for O’Halloran half-time, Sinead O’Keeffe for Helen McMahon,

Referee: Mike O’Kelly (Cork)