Friday 23 June 2017

Mackey hits six as Wexford are blown away by Leesiders

The Leesiders set the tone in the first half, with Mackey, Niamh McCarthy and Orla Cronin among the scorers as they galloped into a 0-8 to 0-1 lead by the short whistle. Stock photo: Sportsfile
The Leesiders set the tone in the first half, with Mackey, Niamh McCarthy and Orla Cronin among the scorers as they galloped into a 0-8 to 0-1 lead by the short whistle. Stock photo: Sportsfile

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Katrina Mackey scored six points to confirm Cork's spot in the Division 1 semi-finals of the Littlewoods Ireland Camogie League, when making it four out of four by trouncing a strangely lifeless Wexford 0-16 to 0-4 at CIT.

The Leesiders set the tone in the first-half, with Mackey, Niamh McCarthy and Orla Cronin among the scorers as they galloped into a 0-8 to 0-1 lead at the break.

Expectations that the visitors would respond after the resumption were not met as Cork continued to pound away, with McCarthy, Gemma O'Connor, Mackey and Cronin keeping the scoreboard ticking over.

Kilkenny are second in Group 1 after defeating Waterford 2-12 to 0-14 in a humdinger at Carriganore. Denise Gaule's goal decided the tie, giving Kilkenny enough breathing space to hold off their neighbours.

Tipperary followed up their victory over Wexford last weekend with another one-point success, this time against a Dublin team that while still looking to get off the mark, are clearly improving.

Miriam Campion fired over the winner, her point a minute into injury-time being her side's first score for a quarter of an hour, when she goaled to put five points between the sides.

An Ali Maguire goal helped the Dubs reel Tipp in, but they were left broken-hearted by Campion's late intervention.

In Group 2, Limerick finished strongly to deny Clare 1-13 to 1-12 in Clonlara, and ensure their place in the top four along with Galway, who had the weekend off.

Regan Conway's goal had given the home side a tremendous boost and with Chloe Morey firing eight points, they went very close to upsetting the odds.

The final tie featured teams that were both looking to break their duck and it was Offaly who edged a 2-8 to 2-6 decision over Meath in Dunganny.

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