CAMOGIE: All-Ireland quarter-finals
Galway glee as Glynn delivers GALWAY 1-15; LIMERICK 1-10 NATIONAL League champions Galway were made battle all the way before finally getting the better of Limerick in a thrilling Foras na Gaeilge Senior Championship quarter-final in Ballingarry on Saturday.
With full-forward Sharon Glynn in excellent form, Galway led by 0-8 to 0-2 at half-time. An easy win looked on the cards when an unfortunate mistake by Limerick corner-back Michelle Casey allowed Lourda Kavanagh in for a goal early in the second half.
However, Limerick who lost to Galway in the league final were in no mood to surrender and staged a stirring revival but had left themselves with too much to do.
SCORERS Galway: S Glynn 0-7, L Kavanagh 1-2, A Connolly 0-3, C Murray 0-2, O Kilkenny 0-1. Limerick: E O'Brien 0-7, M Keating 1-1, A O'Connell, A Sheehan 0-1 each.
KILKENNY 6-15; DOWN 0-4
RAMPANT Kilkenny cruised to a landslide win over Down in a one-sided All-Ireland quarter-final in Ballyholland.
Last year's beaten All-Ireland finalists, now managed by former star player Ann Downey, proved much too strong for Down who had got a bye to the quarter-final stage due to the withdrawal of Clare from the championship.
Four second half goals from Marie O'Connell (2), Aoife Neary and Marina Downey, the holder of five senior All-Ireland medals, saw Kilkenny book their place in the semi-finals on August 17.
SCORERS Kilkenny: A Neary 2-1, M O'Connor 2-0, C Doherty, M Downey 1-2 each, S Millea 0-4, M Costelloe 0-3, E Maher, B Mullally, J Frisby 0-1 each. Down: M McAleenan 0-3, L McCrickard 0-1.
TIPPERARY 7-15; WEXFORD 0-10
REIGNING All-Ireland champions Tipperary qualified for their fifth Foras na Gaeilge championship semi-final in-a-row when they demolished Wexford in a total mismatch at Semple Stadium.
Tipperary tore into Wexford in the early stages and by the third minute corner-forward Emer McDonnell had already scored 1-1. Two further two goals from Deidre Hughes and one from Philly Fogarty helped Michael Cleary's side into a 4-9 to 0-4 lead at the break.
Hughes completed her hat-trick with a fine goal within a minute of the restart and Claire Grogan completed the rout with two goals. To add to Wexford's misery, they were awarded a penalty with 10 minutes remaining, but Aine Codd's shot was saved.
SCORERS Tipperary: D Hughes 3-2, C Grogan 2-5, E McDonnell 1-3, P Fogarty 1-0, J Ryan, C Gaynor 0-2 each, L Young 0-1. Wexford: K Kelly 0-7, M O'Leary, P Rankin, A Codd 0-1 each.
CORK 7-12; ANTRIM 1-8
CORK, the 1998 All-Ireland champions booked their place in the Foras na Gaeilge semi-finals when they hammered Antrim in Dunloy yesterday.
Despite the final scoreline, Cork didn't have it all their own way in the first half and led by just two points, 2-5 to 1-6, at half-time. Goals from Fiona O'Driscoll and Caoimhe Harrington put Cork ahead, but Antrim finished the half strongly with a goal from Denise Darragh and points from Grainne Connolly and Denise Darragh.
However, Cork made a super start to the second half, with goals from Harrington and O'Driscoll. It was all over as a contest by the time Rachel Moloney added another goal and O'Driscoll and Harrington completed their hat-tricks.
SCORERS Cork: F O'Driscoll 3-4, C Harrington 3-0, R Moloney 1-4, E Dillon 0-2, E Burke, C Harte 0-1 each. Antrim: D Darragh 1-2, G Connolly, J Adams 0-2 each, E Mason, R Duffin 0-1 each.
CORK 1-11; GALWAY 1-5
CORK retained the All-Ireland minor 'A' camogie title with a deserved win over Galway in an entertaining final at Leahy Park in Cashel yesterday.
Aided by a goal from corner-forward Denise Twomey, Cork led by 1-7 to 0-2 at the break. Galway hit back with a goal from Brenda Hanney five minutes after the restart, but Cork with Breege Corkery outstanding refused to panic and sealed victory with points from Noreen Mulcahy and Emer Watson.
SCORERS Cork: E Watson 0-6, N Mulcahy 0-4, D Twomey 1-0, M McCarthy 0-1. Galway: B Hanney 1-1, S Keane 0-2, F Hahnefeld, C Glynn 0-1 each.
LIMERICK 5-7; OFFALY 0-2
SINEAD McAULIFFE produced a magnificent display to help Limerick win the All-Ireland minor 'B' title for the second year in a row at Leahy Park in Cashel yesterday.
McAuliffe scored 2-5, her opening goal coming after two minutes. Two further goals from Fiona Morrissey and Shannon Brosnan put the defending champions 3-2 to 0-2 ahead at the break. Offaly's two points both came from frees converted by Aoife Kelly.
SCORERS Limerick: S McAuliffe 2-5, F Morrissey, S Brosnan 1-1 each, L Kelly 1-0. Offaly: A Kelly 0-2.