Bolger leads way as Wexford work hard to hold off Tipp
Published 29/02/2016 | 02:30
Wexford got their League campaign off to a winning start, with a 0-13 to 0-9 win over Tipperary in Cloughjordan.
Linda Bolger was the key scorer with five points for Wexford, who fell behind early but moved three clear with a run of four points on the trot and were 0-9 to 0-4 in front at half-time.
The Kehoe twins, Shelley and Stacey, also kept the scoreboard ticking over but the away side couldn't shake off Tipperary, who had Jenny Grace raising five white flags. With Ereena and Sarah Fryday also scoring points, the Premier girls were a danger right to the end but a stout defensive display from Wexford kept them at bay.
Clare beat Offaly 0-18 to 1-8 in Corofin. Having been 0-5 apiece at the break, Clare went through the gears on the resumption, with Chloe Morey punishing Offaly indiscretions in customary fashion. She scored five points as the home side moved six clear and finished with a tally of 11.
In the final Group 1 game, champions Galway moved to the top of the table with two wins from two after a gritty 0-12 to 0-5 win over Dublin.
Niamh McGrath shot three points as the Tribeswomen established a six-point advantage at the change of ends (0-9 to 0-3). Though McGrath had to leave the fray in the second half due to injury, by which stage she had brought her tally to six, Ollie Bergin's posse were resolute and never looked like yielding.
In Group 2, there were wins for All-Ireland champions Cork and Kilkenny. The Noresiders were well on top throughout and had more than enough in hand to withstand a late rally from neighbours Waterford. Despite Beth Carton's goal, the sides were separated by 14 points at one juncture, and it finished 3-16 to 3-7 in Piltown.
Cork secured their first win of the season by 1-18 to 0-9 against Derry in Loup.