Heartache for camogie team in Croke Park
KERRY will naturally be very disappointed when looking back on the All-Ireland camogie final, as the Kingdom failed to perform to their potential throughout the encounter.
Patrice Diggin was absolutely fantastic for Stephen Goggin’s charges keeping Kerry in the game for large periods. Centre-forward Laura Collins also stood out.
One could not help but feel for Kerry full back Niamh Leen who was faced with the task of marking Aoife Bugler.
The opening goal came after 15 minutes and it was the deciding factor over the course of the game.
Laoise Quinn picked out Aoife Bugler, who went past Leen before finishing. Would Kerry have been better off to deploy a sweeper in front of Bugler? It’s hard to know but Niamh Leen would have been grateful for the extra defensive protection as Dublin were aiming for Bugler on numerous occasions aid the Dublin star registered 1-1 fro play throughout.
The gap was two points in the 1 minute, after Patrice Diggins’s free.
but the intervening period before half time was crucial as five unanswered Dublin points gave Shane Plowman’s side a seven point interval advantage,
Stephen Goggin was pleased with his sides second half effort and believes nothing went right for his Kerry side throughout.
“Look, we just said it’s only a seven point game and the way I’d look at is in hurling seven points is nothing, so I’d really just go for it and see where it takes us and in fairness to the girls they tried their heart out, just was kind of one of those days nothing really came off like balls jittering out of the hands and stuff like that and I suppose that’s the occasion and everything. They’ll learn from it, they’re all very young so I’ve no doubt they’ll be back again like.”
Kerry did not create enough in the second half to trouble Dublin so seven points was always going to be a tough deficit to claw back giving the circumstances.
The fact that all but one of the starting 15 hail from the Clanmaurice club, giving this more of a local feel.
That is in comparison to Dublin where a wide range of clubs are represented, however that is the norm with a city team.
Clanmaurice and Kerry did their county proud all year without question and the future is bright for Kerry camogie.
Goggin was delighted with the support his side received on the biggest day ever for Kerry camogie.
“You can just see the crowd of people up from Kerry to watch them today. There’s always been 100, 120 people there like. There was definitely 1000 people up from Kerry today so that’s great, that’s only going to be good for the girls and there was a lot of young girls up watching that so they’re going to want to achieve that as well some day to be playing out in Croke Park.
“It’s a massive factor like, it’s great because if you get to an All-Ireland final you know it’s going to be on in Croke Park like it’s a massive incentive.”
It wasn’t to be for Kerry camogie on the day, but this young Kerry side will be back in the final in the not so distant future, with An All-Ireland camogie success due in the not too distant future.
Kerry’s Jackie Horgan gets on the ball as Dublin’s Niamh Gleeson moves in to tackle her