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Kilkenny hold back a brave Cork to win the Littlewoods Ireland Camogie League Final

A Thrilling Final A packed Nowlan Park watched yesterday as Kilkenny and Cork battled it out in the Littlewoods Ireland Divison 1 League Camogie Final. These two old rival sides know each other inside at out. In the end, it was The Cats who came out on top, to claim their third League title in…

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Littlewoods Ireland Camogie League Division 1 Final, Nowlan Park, Kilkenny 8/4/2018
Kilkenny vs Cork
Kilkenny’s captain Shelly Farrell lifts the trophy
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A Thrilling Final

A packed Nowlan Park watched yesterday as Kilkenny and Cork battled it out in the Littlewoods Ireland Divison 1 League Camogie Final.

These two old rival sides know each other inside at out. In the end, it was The Cats who came out on top, to claim their third League title in a row in front of an atmospheric home crowd.

The scoreline finished Kilkenny 0-15 to Cork’s 1-11. Kilkenny managed to edge out and see off a brave Rebel side that fought back in the second half.

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Littlewoods Ireland Camogie League Division 1 Final, Nowlan Park, Kilkenny 8/4/2018
Kilkenny vs Cork
Kilkenny’s Michelle Teehan and Denise Gaule with Katrina Mackey of Cork
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Kilkenny held centre stage for the majoirty of the first half. It took Cork 10 minutes to get a point on the scoreboard, by this point Kilkenny had already tallied 8 points ahead of them.

Denise Gaule, Katie Power, Miriam Walshe were all pivotal for Kilkenny. They played with much more aggression and pace than Cork in the first half, winning poc outs and hitting accurate shots. Come the half time whistle, the Cats were up ahead 0-12 to 0-5.

Rebels Fight Back

But never underestimate a Cork team, especially those that are All Ireland Champions.

The Rebels came back fighting the second half. Orla Cronin showed off her #StyleofPlay, with a fantastic goal which she whacked in past Kilkenny keeper Jacqui Frisby.

Orla Cotter knocked off a free for Cork, to close the gap to 0-12 to 1-9, with Kilkenny still clutching the lead.

In the 52nd minute, Cork keeper Aoife Murray received a straight red for her high tackle on Kilkenny captain Shelly Farrell as she ran straight for a goal.

Subsequently, Kilkenny were awarded a penalty, which Denise Gaule stepped up to take. Ashling Thompson threw Cork a life line and kept them in the game, as she managed to save Gaule’s shot whacking the sliotar back towards the Cork defence.

With four minutes of additional time added on, Orla Cronin was able to secure another point from a free, creating an electric atmosphere around Nowlan Park. Cork fell short though, after a hard fought battle, and the Cats edged out to victory with a one point win.

Denise Gaule was awarded Laoch na hImeartha, scoring 6 points for the Cats. Final score, Kilkenny 0-15 , Cork 1-11.

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Ellen McConville

Typically found on the sidelines or in Croke Park, Ellen is the Sports Content Editor for Littlewoods Ireland and your go-to gal for all things GAA. A big lover of all things Christy Moore, fashion and some wine and cheese as well.

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