‘We left a lot of scores behind us but we showed character and scored 1-9 on the trot’

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KILKENNY CAMOGE BOSS Brian Dowling has praised the character proven by his facet who reacted emphatically after conceding an early objective towards Dublin within the All-Eire quarter-final.

The Cats slipped right into a four-point deficit after Niamh Gannon struck for an outstanding objective within the twelfth minute to place her underdog facet within the ascendancy at Semple Stadium. Nevertheless it proved to be solely a minor setback for Kilkenny as they proceeded to rattle off 1-9 and not using a response, together with a wonderfully executed penalty from Denise Gaule.

Defenders Miriam Bambrick and Laura Murphy added additional factors to stretch Kilkenny’s benefit whereas Dublin might solely muster yet one more level earlier than half-time via a free from Aisling Maher.

Kilkenny continued to press their dominance within the second half and added a second objective via Miriam Walsh to see them safely via to the semi-finals.

“We’re blissful to be again in an All-Eire semi-final,” a happy Dowling mentioned after full-time.

“That was the goal coming down as we speak. We’re delighted and we’ve quite a lot of issues to work on however we’re there now and that’s the principle factor.

“We left quite a lot of scores behind us and Dublin obtained in for in a objective. They obtained via a bit straightforward. It did kick us into gear and we weren’t shifting properly at that stage. However, in equity to the ladies, they confirmed quite a lot of character after that and we scored round 1-9 on the trot. That’s sensible to see. They didn’t let the heads go down and so they saved plugging away. 

“The targets got here at a good time for us. Denise’s penalty was sensible and Miriam’s objective within the second half most likely killed off the sport.

“We knew this was going to be robust. Dublin had an excellent group [campaign] and it was all the time going to be robust.”

Kilkenny will now face their outdated foes Galway in an intriguing final-four showdown in Croke Park subsequent Saturday night. The Tribeswomen progressed to the semi-final robotically as Group 2 winners after narrowly edging out Kilkenny on scoring distinction. Their group encounter completed as a draw.

Dowling admits that there was some slight disappointment at not going via to the last-four robotically however can draw the positives from getting some sport time within the tank earlier than assembly Galway once more.

“I suppose you’re upset on the time however typically a sport is sweet for you. We gained’t know till subsequent Saturday night whether or not it’s or not however I feel these ladies want video games, particularly for youthful ladies beginning for the primary time. The extra publicity you get, the higher, and we didn’t choose up any accidents as we speak which is sensible.

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“We’ll have a very gentle week now and get the our bodies proper, and stay up for Saturday evening in Croke Park.”

Gaule completed the sport with a formidable tally of 1-10. She slotted the decisive objective which secured All-Eire honours for Kilkenny after they defeated Galway within the 2020 decider. Subsequent Saturday can be one other absorbing chapter of their ongoing rivalry.

“Galway are going to be a step up once more,” she mentioned after the win over Dublin. “It’s all the time an excellent match [between us] and we all know one another fierce properly. There’s quite a lot of respect between the 2 groups and it’s all the time an excellent battle. We’re wanting ahead to it. It’s going to be robust in fact however every part is on the semi-final stage.”

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