Kildare And Waterford Will Do Battle In Intermediate All-Ireland Camogie Final 6 years ago

Kildare And Waterford Will Do Battle In Intermediate All-Ireland Camogie Final

Waterford and Kildare will do battle for All-Ireland glory on September 13th, after two fantastic displays in the Liberty Insurance intermediate championship semi-finals on Saturday to overcome Meath and Cork respectively.

First up, Waterford overcame Meath by the smallest of margins (3-10 to 3-9) in a goal-filled game that was a rollercoaster of a ride for supporters.

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REPRO FREE***PRESS RELEASE NO REPRODUCTION FEE*** Liberty Insurance Intermediate Camogie Championship Semi-Final, Nowlan Park, Kilkenny 22/8/2015 Waterford vs Meath Aisling Power of Waterford with Grace Coleman of Meath Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Donall Farmer
Aisling Power of Waterford with Grace Coleman of Meath

Meath dominated proceedings in the first half with the superb Jane Dolan bagging two goals and three points, while Megan Thynne also netted to send them storming into the dressing room on a 3-4 to 0-5 lead at half-time.

For many, it looked like game, set and match to the Royals, but those who have been following Waterford this year knew that this game was far from over.

REPRO FREE***PRESS RELEASE NO REPRODUCTION FEE*** Liberty Insurance Intermediate Camogie Championship Semi-Final, Nowlan Park, Kilkenny 22/8/2015 Waterford vs Meath Katie Hackett of Meath with Lorraine Bray of Waterford Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Donall Farmer
Katie Hackett of Meath with Lorraine Bray of Waterford

Sure enough, they showed their grit and determination as the second half got underway, and three goals in the space of eight minutes midway through the half turned the game on its head completely.

With goals from Shona Curran, Aisling Power and Beth Carton supplemented by points from Trish Jackman, Waterford were suddenly three points up and it was well and truly game on.

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REPRO FREE***PRESS RELEASE NO REPRODUCTION FEE*** Liberty Insurance Intermediate Camogie Championship Semi-Final, Nowlan Park, Kilkenny 22/8/2015 Waterford vs Meath Charlotte Raher, Claire Whyte and Becky Kavanagh of Waterford celebrate at the final whistle Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Donall Farmer Celebrations at the final whistle. 

Dolan pulled back two for Meath to leave the bare minimum between the sides, but Waterford stood firm under pressure as the clock ticked down, and held out for a remarkable 3-10 to 3-9 win.

In the second semi-final, it was the turn of Kildare and Cork who also dished up a truly thrilling display.

A goal on the dot of half-time from Kildare’s Emer Reilly proved to be decisive as the Lily Whites headed to the dressing room on a four-point cushion, a lead they would not relinquish.

REPRO FREE***PRESS RELEASE NO REPRODUCTION FEE*** Liberty Insurance Intermediate Camogie Championship Semi-Final, Nowlan Park, Kilkenny 22/8/2015 Cork vs Kildare Susie O'Carroll of Kildare with Niamh O'Keeffe of Cork Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Donall Farmer
Susie O'Carroll of Kildare with Niamh O'Keeffe of Cork

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An on-form Susie O’Carroll kept things ticking over on the scoring, and despite huge pressure from Cork in the second, a solid defensive unit for Kildare kept things under control to run out 1-12 to 0-11 winners and book their spot in the Croke Park decider against Waterford on September 13th.

REPRO FREE***PRESS RELEASE NO REPRODUCTION FEE*** Liberty Insurance Intermediate Camogie Championship Semi-Final, Nowlan Park, Kilkenny 22/8/2015 Cork vs Kildare Caroline Forde and Siobhan Hurley of Kildare celebrate at the end of the game Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Donall Farmer
Caroline Forde and Siobhan Hurley of Kildare celebrate.

Meanwhile in the Liberty Insurance Premier Junior championship semi-finals, Laois overcame Westmeath 1-16 to 0-8, while Roscommon overcame Dublin 1-9 to 1-5 to tee up a Laois/Roscommon All-Ireland final in Croke Park on September 13th.