Kilkenny's forwards on fire to crush depleted Clare
Published 29/06/2015 | 02:30
Kilkenny made it two from two in Group 2 of the Liberty Insurance senior camogie championship, showing no sympathy to a severely under-strength Clare to record a 2-22 to 0-6 victory at the St Lachtain's pitch in Freshford.
Fintan Deegan's players were ruthless in disposing of their opponents, who were unlucky that the Kilkenny forward unit was moving to such effect. The winners scored 2-20 from play and set the tone for the day by racing into a 0-8 to 0-0 lead after just nine minutes.
Michelle Caulfield and Chloe Morey shot Clare's only first-half points but that left them 13 in arrears at the interval. Ann Dalton, Denise Gaule, Michelle Quilty and Katie Power kept the scoreboard ticking over before Gaule pounced for two goals in the space of a minute late on to complete the rout.
It was much closer in Kilmallock as All-Ireland champions Cork bounced back from their opening round defeat by Galway to inflict a first loss on last year's intermediate winners Limerick by 1-14 to 1-10.
The Leesiders' physical strength was notable early on and it was one-way traffic as they went 0-9 to 0-2 clear, with Orla Cotter (who finished with six points) punishing any transgressions from frees. Team captain Ashling Thompson, Briege Corkery and Orla Cronin all shone as Cork threatened to put their fellow Munster girls to the sword.
Limerick improved in the second half, with Niamh Mulcahy and Aoife Sheehan showing well. They brought the margin back down to five but when Katrina Mackey goaled it looked all over for Joe Quaid's charges. Mackey was a constant thorn in the side of the Limerick defence and plundered 1-3 from play.
Wexford recovered from a tentative start to get their campaign off to a good start with a 4-11 to 0-13 win over a typically competitive Offaly unit at St Brendan's Park, Birr.
Offaly capitalised early on, with Siobhán Flannery on fire from frees as the hosts went into an early four-point lead. But from the time Kate Kelly goaled from a free, Wexford's confidence surged and they held the upper hand. Kelly grabbed a second goal on the way to racking up a tally of 2-5 but with Flannery recording six points, it was still all to play for at the change of ends, at 2-6 to 0-8.
Minor goalkeeper Laura Brennan made a tremendous save early in the second half to keep Offaly at bay and that was to prove a crucial contribution. Instead, Stacey Kehoe grabbed a brace at the other end and with Mary Leacy making another player-of-the-match contribution, Wexford could relax.
At The Ragg, Tipperary edged out Derry in a cracker by 3-12 to 4-8.