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Camogie: Curtin calls shots as Galway end Model run

Published 13/06/2011 | 05:00

Veronica Curtin was a surprising absentee from the Galway team that started the opening round of the All-Ireland senior camogie championship, but the wily Kinvara legend showed her class when sprung from the bench against Wexford on Saturday.

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Galway manager Noel Finn turned to Curtin for inspiration and she duly delivered with an impressive 2-2 haul as the Westerners finally laid their Wexford bogey to rest with a sensational 2-14 to 0-9 win.

Curtin scored two late first-half goals to propel Galway into a five-point interval lead despite being under severe pressure from Wexford, who had beaten them in last year's All-Ireland final and this year's League Division 1 decider.

Susan Earner also made a couple of stunning saves to deny the All-Ireland champions, while Therese Maher shone at centre-back, with Ann Marie Hayes also instrumental in holding the Model County at bay.

Alertness

Ursula Jacob scored all seven of Wexford's points from frees as they seemed set for a one-point lead at the break. But substitute Curtin showed her alertness when finding the net from close range in the second minute of injury-time and there was still time for her dangerous delivery to be deflected for a second off a Wexford stick.

After the break, Galway hit seven unanswered points, including a pair each from Curtin and Aislinn Connolly (0-7) to put the game to bed.

As expected, Kilkenny were made to work extremely hard by the 2010 intermediate champions Offaly before winning by 4-17 to 2-11. The final scoreline didn't do justice to the Faithful women's efforts as they recovered from an early six-point deficit to draw level and were still just 2-9 to 1-7 in arrears at the interval.

The crucial score of the game arrived just after the interval when Michelle Quilty, who finished with 2-7, goaled to make Offaly's task very difficult.

Cork were comfortable 3-16 to 0-10 winners over Clare, with Sile Burns the star of the show, scoring 3-4 from play and with Gemma O'Connor a powerful presence at centre-back.

Tipperary also had to dig deep before coming out on top against Dublin by 3-12 to 0-12, with Sarah Fryday scoring two goals and Noreen Flanagan bagging another in injury-time.

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