A brilliant individual effort from Kilkenny’s Anne Dalton gave her side a three-point win, 0-12 to 0-9, over Cork in the Littlewoods Ireland Camogie League Division 1 Semi-Final in Carriganore.
Reigning Player of the Year Dalton was excellent for Kilkenny as she scored four points from play, while Michelle Quilty scored six points from frees.
Kilkenny carved out an early two-point lead, Dalton returning a loose clearance after Quilty had converted a couple of frees either side of one from Cork’s leading scorer with five points, Orla Cotter.
Dalton and Katie Power added points for Kilkenny before Cotter landed a lovely score from play, with Clíona Healy scoring two points, one after a brave save by goalkeeper Emma Kavanagh.
Despite Cork having the benefit of a strong wind in the opening half, the Rebel County had only a single point advantage at the break, 0-7 to 0-6.
Cotter extended Cork’s advantage early in the second half before Kilkenny second-half substitute Denise Gaule claimed the next six points to put her side in the driving seat.
Quilty doubled her own personal tally with three more successful shots from frees, Gaule converted another from distance and as Dalton shot two more points, they established a 0-12 to 0-8 lead.
Even though Kilkenny failed to score in the last 12 minutes of play plus three of additional time, Cork could only manage a single point from Julia White when they were in desperate need of a goal.
Kilkenny advance to the Littlewoods Ireland Camogie League Division 1 Final where they will meet Galway.
Final score: Kilkenny 0-12 Cork 0-9