Dolan shines as Galway's campaign starts with victory over Tipperary
Carrie Dolan shot 10 points as Galway got their Littlewoods Ireland Camogie League Division 1 campaign off to a flying start with a 1-14 to 1-6 win over Tipperary at The Ragg.
Cáit Devane's absence was keenly felt and though Niamh Treacy gave the hosts a third-minute lead from a free, Dolan was on fire from placed balls herself, landing four frees and scoring six points as the Maroons led at the interval by 0-8 to 0-2.
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Ailish O'Reilly's goal in the 46th minute then made a home victory very unlikely.
Kilkenny produced a storming second-half burst in Callan to shatter the aspirations of a Dublin outfit starting life without manager David Herity on a 1-14 to 0-6 scoreline. Former Mayo ladies football boss, Frank Browne is the new manager.
There was disappointment for Offaly as they fell to a second consecutive narrow away defeat, this time to Clare, in Whitegate, by 0-10 to 1-5.
A 39th-minute goal from Michaela Morkan brought the Faithful girls level, after Bridín Dinan had briefly stretched the advantage, and after Dinan and Aisling Brennan exchanged scores, the Offaly freetaker converted a placed ball to put Mike Wall's crew ahead with nine minutes left.
But it was Clare that found another gear.
Meanwhile, nine points from Chloe Foxe propelled St Martin's to the final of the AIB All-Ireland Senior Club Championship after a 0-11 to 0-5 win over Inniscarra at WIT Carriganore.
They will face Slaughtneil, a side that kept their three-in-a-row dreams alive with a 0-8 to 0-4 defeat of Ardrahan in the Donaghmore Ashbourne grounds.
Clonduff beat Craughwell by 1-8 to 0-9 at Coralstown/Kinnegad to qualify for the Intermediate decider.
They will meet Gaill Tír after the Waterford representatives defeated St Rynagh's by 3-8 to 0-12 at Cashel King Cormacs.
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