Hurley so inspirational as Kildare claim All-Ireland honours

Kildare 2-11 Laois 1-05
Kildare continued their inexorable rise up camogie’s ranks with an impressive win over midland rivals Laois to claim the Liberty Insurance All-Ireland premier junior camogie title at a windswept and wet Croke Park.

The All Whites burst from the traps with points from player of the match Siobhán Hurley and 18-year-old Melissa Lyons inside two minutes.

Susie O’Carroll, Róisín O’Connell and Hurley (free) added to their tally before a Louise Mahony free opened the Laois account in the 24th minute.

Kildare had only a four-point lead to show for their efforts at half-time (0-6 to 0-2).

Laois fired a 32nd minute goal from substitute Grace O’Neill, whose powerful shot dropped inside the upright past Saileóg O’Keeffe.

Kildare then upped the gears with star full-forward Susie O’Carroll hitting two goals in a minute. The first came after good work from O’Connell and Lyons, and the second, saw the Celbridge sharpshooter read a long delivery best before drilling a shot beyond Laura Dunne.

Hurley and Lyons added points and though Mahony slotted a couple of frees, Laois never looked like getting the goals they needed.

Scorers for Kildare: S O’Carroll 2-2; S Hurley 0-5 (2fs); M Lyons 0-2; R O’Connell, C MacSweeney 0-1 each

Scorers for Laois: G O’Neill 1-0; L Mahony 0-3(fs); N Dollard 0-2

KILDARE: S O’Keeffe; J ‘Donoghue, A Trant, N Concannon; F Trant, C Nolan, A Lyons; C Forde, O Bambury; L Keatley, S Hurley, C Flanagan; M Lyons, S O’Carroll, R O’Connell.

Subs: H Mulligan for Concannon (46); C MacSweeney for M Lyons (54)’ N Breen for F Trant (59) C Farrell for Keatley (60+2)

LAOIS: L Dunne; M Burke, K Cuddy, A Dunphy; J Dollard, SA Fitzgerald, E Delaney; C Walsh, E Mahony; J Dunne, D Quigley, L Mahony; S Burke, N Dollard, O Parkinson.

Subs: G O’Neill for Dunne (30); S Cuddy for Walsh (ht); C Downey for Burke (42); S Lanham for Parkinson (52); R Bermingham for J Dollard (60)

Referee: D Ryan (Dublin).

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