O’Sullivan takes the positives as Dubs bow out

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All Ireland Senior Camogie Championship quarter final. Dublin 1 – 11, Kilkenny 2 – 24 By Daragh O Conchuir

Dublin manager Adrian O’Sullivan was in philosophical mood after Dublin made their exit from the camogie championship last Saturday, aware of the bigger picture of the progress his charges have made and the hope that operating at this stage of the championship will bring about more for 2023 after they exited. 

“We got the start we wanted,” agreed O’Sullivan. “We couldn’t have hoped for a better start. 

“Tactically we were spot on, we were winning a lot of breaks and we got a great goal from (Niamh) Gannon and Ais O’Neill was flying. But like all good teams, Kilkenny figured out what we were at and they were quite astute on the line. 

“They managed to free up Claire Phelan. We struggled to push up on her and get our shape back and they got a run on us.  

“But I thought we fought really hard in the second half. We made it very competitive. And the group have given us that all year. 

“You can guarantee they’ll go to the end. We finished with five of last year’s minor team on the field at the end so it’s very much a work in progress. 

“We’ve developed an awful lot. This time last year we were up in Newry after escaping a relegation game by the skin of our teeth. I think we’ve progressed a long way as a group and we’ll just have to lick the wounds over the winter and try to find that extra 10 or 15 per cent to try close the gap a little more.” 

Julianne Malone is relishing a return to Croke Park next Saturday, where a quick reunion with Glen Dimplex All-Ireland senior camogie champions Galway awaits. 

Cats boss Brian Dowling will go into the game with a huge degree of optimism and if the external view was that he could not afford to ship the losses he did, performances this summer have made people think twice. 

The same applied in this display, as the Cats recovered from a slow start that saw them fall four points behind thanks to a fantastic 13th minute goal from Niamh Gannon, to score the next  1-10. 

Malone was among the point scorers, as was Denise Gaule, who provided a resounding finish from a 24th minute penalty and registered 1-10. 

“We’re delighted to win a quarter-final,” said Malone afterwards. “It’s great to get back to Croke Park now.” to play a semi. We’re looking forward to it.  

“Dublin threw it all at us early on but we woke up then and started to get going. We probably didn’t finish as strong as we could have, but overall, it was a very good team performance.”

Dublin’s Kerri Finnegan in action against Kilkenny in the Glen Dimplex All Ireland Senior Camogie quarter-final at Semple Stadium on Saturday.

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