Sunday 21 December 2014

Fennelly goal helps Cats to seal semi-final berth

Published 24/03/2014 | 02:30

Colette Dormer and Kate McDonald, Kilkenny, in action against Meadhbh O'Neill, Limerick
Colette Dormer and Kate McDonald, Kilkenny, in action against Meadhbh O'Neill, Limerick
Judith Mulcahy, Limerick, in action against Michelle Quilty, Kilkenny

Three of the four Division 1 semi-finalists have been decided with one round still remaining, after Kilkenny, Cork and Wexford secured their spots with wins over Limerick, Offaly and Tipperary.

Kilkenny beat Limerick 2-13 to 1-6, with a Leanne Fennelly goal sending them on their way as they led by 1-6 to 0-2 at half-time. The Noresiders added two points before Aoife Neary goaled and suddenly the margin was 11.

Limerick hit back with a Sarah Collins goal, while Caoimhe Costelloe added three points but it was Kilkenny that finished strongest, with points from Denise Gaule, Walsh and Shelley Farrell ensuring a comfortable success.

Cork had to work much harder against Offaly at Páirc Uí Rinn despite scoring a goal after two minutes courtesy of Katrina Mackey.

Julia White found the net in the 49th minute for Cork and with Mackey bringing her tally to 1-5 and Orla Cotter slotting four points, not even the seven-point contribution of Elaine Dermody could save the Faithful girls.

Wexford were much too strong for Tipperary. The Model County women led by 1-11 to 0-1 early in the second half, with Ursula Jacob getting the goal. They prevailed by 1-16 to 1-6, with Amy Kennedy finding the net for Tipp.

Galway sealed a 4-7 to 0-12 win over Clare and these two sides must wait until the final round in two weeks to see if they can bag the final semi-final position. The Tribeswomen raced into a five-point lead but four points from Claire McMahon had the Banner just one behind at half-time. Clare moved two points clear, but goals from Niamh Kilkenny, Brenda Hanney and Emma Kilkelly confirmed the vital victory.

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