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Cotter stars but Tipp nick draw

Published 10/03/2014 | 02:30

Orla Cotter, Cork
Orla Cotter, Cork

DEFENDING champions Cork were held by Tipperary in a great contest at The Ragg.

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Both sides contained some inexperienced players, with Tipperary making a host of changes from the team that had performed so poorly in the previous round against Offaly.

The Premier got off to a bad start and conceded two goals to Orla Cotter and Katrina Mackey but Aoife McGrath got one back and they trailed by just 2-7 to 1-5 at half-time.

They lost Erena Fryday to a shoulder injury but young substitute Mary Hanafin had a big impact although there was little anyone could do about the excellent Orla Cotter, who was causing a lot of trouble at full-forward and finished with a tally of 1-4 as the game finished 1-12 to 2-9.

Limerick marked their return to the top tier with a resounding 4-14 to 2-3 win over Derry at Dunganny. Kilkenny were pushed hard by Clare but emerged with the points at Ballyhale. Kilkenny sealed the win though with a goal in the first minute of injury time when Marie Dargan's ground stroke trickled over the line.

In Group 2, Wexford's goal threat was the key ingredient of their 3-11 to 0-5 defeat of Dublin in New Ross.

Wexford did most of the damage in the first half with 1-7, while keeping Dublin scoreless. They had 1-2 of that in the opening five minutes, with the goal an opportunistic finish by Fiona Rochford from close range after the sliotar had broken off the upright.

Dublin scored the first two points courtesy of frees from Ciara Berkely and Mairi Moynihan but goals from Linda Bolger and Stacey Kehoe ensured a home victory.

There wasn't to be a double success for the Model County though as their second team lost to Galway in Division 2 game by 2-7 to 0-6.

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