Cork stay on course with emphatic win
Cork, Waterford and Tipperary all secured their progression to the knockout stages of the Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship yesterday when they secured home wins at the expense of Meath, Clare and Dublin respectively.
Reigning champions Cork maintained their perfect record when they defeated Meath in Páirc Uí Rinn. The Rebelettes wasted no time in hitting the ground running, as they soon took control of the game despite conceding the first point to Kristina Troy. They moved 0-8 to 0-3 clear before two goals in four minutes, from Ciara McCarthy and Katelynn Hickey, left Meath with a mountain to climb.
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Laura Hayes and Cliona Healy were on target with frees to push the gap out to 2-11 to 0-3 at half-time, and while the Royals did manage a goal three minutes into the second half through Grace Coleman, their attacking forays were few and far between, and Cork restricted them to two further points in the second half.
A third goal from Linda Collins in the 53rd minute sealed what was an emphatic 3-22 to 1-5 victory.
Tipperary will face Cork next week, and the Premier County will be in good form after edging out Dublin by five points at The Ragg.
Niamh Treacy put Tipp in front after 30 seconds but Dublin were 0-2 to 0-1 ahead after ten minutes. It could have been more, after Caoimhe Burke pulled down Sinéad Wylde for a penalty, but the Dublin attacker pulled her effort wide.
Tipperary edged in front, and two monster scores from Mary Ryan helped them to lead by 0-7 to 0-4 at half-time. They struck another point before the crucial score on 40 minutes. Grace O'Brien turned over a short Dublin puck-out and the ball was worked to Eilish McDonald for the only goal of the game.
Late points from Laura Twomey and Gráinne Quinn kept Dublin in it, but Caoimhe Burke made a superb late save to deny Wylde and preserve a 1-11 to 0-9 win.
Waterford maintained their recent momentum with a four-point victory against a determined Clare side at Walsh Park. Beth Carton's free-taking helped the Déise open up a 0-5 to 0-3 advantage after 20 minutes. The sides shared the next four points before a goal by Carton put Waterford 1-7 to 0-5 ahead. A Chloe Morey free helped the Banner close the gap to four points at the break.
Orlaith Duggan reduced the deficit further after half-time but a Lacey goal after an assist by Carton helped Waterford grab their second goal. Clare hit a purple patch and fired over five points in a row including a sensational long-range effort from Inagh-Kilnamona's Clare Hehir.
This left just a goal separating the sides entering injury time. Waterford calmly kept about their work and a Fiona Morrissey score settled the home fans' nerves and made sure of knockout hurling for the Déise women.
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