PHOTOS/REPORT: Strong Second Half Performance Secures Victory For Kingdom

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By Risteárd Ó Fuaráin PRO

The Kerry team.

Kerry returned to action on Saturday when they welcomed Offaly to Hermitage Park, Lixnaw in the Liberty Ireland Premier Junior Camogie Championship.

On a perfect day for camogie, Patrice Diggin had Kerry two points ahead by the 8th minute mark with two frees. Offaly got off the mark in the 13th when No. 11 Dara Hanamy converted a free.

Some excellent play from Niamh Leen and Jackie Horgan put Patrice Diggin through on goal in the 14th minute but she was fouled and she converted the resulting free. Dara Hanamy replied with a free in the 28th.

Points from play from Patrice Diggin and Offaly’s Niamh Kileen left the halftime score at Kerry 0-4 Offaly 0-3.

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At halftime Orla Gorman replaced Orla Maher on the Offaly Team. Kerry started the second half strongly and two Patrice Diggin frees had them 0-6 to 0-3 ahead at the 34 minute mark and the same player added from play in the 39th .

Action from the game.

Offaly had a goal chance in the 43rd minute but it was brilliantly repelled by the Kerry defence. Jackie Horgan scored a beautiful point from play in the 46th. Kerry made their first substitution when Norette Casey replaced Julianne O’Keeffe.

Patrice Diggin increased the Kerry tally in the 52nd minute with a point from play.

Alannah Whelan then replaced Clodagh Walsh. Offaly tried hard to breach the Kerry defence in the 54th but the Kingdom backline stood firm.

Following good play between Bríd Horan and Jackie Horgan, it fell to the latter to raise a white flag. Eilish Harrington replaced Bríd Horan on the Kerry team and Siobhán Killeen replaced Leanne Scully on the Offaly side.

Patrice Diggin and Niamh Kileen exchanged points in injury time as Kerry made their final substitution when Ann-Marie Leen replaced Rachel McCarthy.

So the final score was Kerry 0-11 Offaly 0-4. A strong second half performance from the Kingdom maintained their unblemished record in this year’s championship.

Action from the game.

Kerry Scorers: Patrice Diggin 0-9 (0-6f), Jackie Horgan 0-2

Offaly Scorers: Dara Hanamy 0-2 (0-1 ‘45’, 0-1f), Niamh Kileen 0-2

Kerry Team: Aoife Fitzgerald, Liz Houlihan, Niamh Leen, Michelle Costello, Patrice Diggin, Sara Murphy, Aine O’Connor, Elaine Ryall, Rachel McCarthy, Clodagh Walsh, Laura Collin, Jessica Fitzell, Brid Horan, Jackie Horgan, Julianne O’Keeffe

Substitutions: Norette Casey for Julianne O’Keeffe, Alannah Whelan for Clodagh Walsh, Eilish Harrington for Bríd Horan, Ann-Marie Leen for Rachel McCarthy.

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