Duggan relief after Banner secure draw in Limerick test
Clare captain Orlaith Duggan has conceded that while the Bannerwomen went into their Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Senior Championship clash with Limerick feeling that they needed a win to keep their hopes of progressing from Group 1 alive, they would take the draw that ensures they are not out of contention.
It was a point of view echoed by Limerick's Karen O'Leary after the 0-8 to 0-8 dogfight in Sixmilebridge on Saturday, which ensures that the battle for a place in the quarter-finals is likely to run until the very last day.
Niamh Mulcahy pointed two late frees to bring her tally to six and reel Clare in after Chloe Morey (who finished with five points) had propelled the hosts to a 0-7 to 0-4 interval lead in very difficult conditions.
"Looking at the end of it there, either of us could have lost it," said Duggan. "We both had a panic in the end, we missed a shot for a point and they missed one as well so I think we were both relieved to come out with something even though neither of us came here to draw. It's a tight group and every game counts."
O'Leary was of a similar mindset. "Every time we play Clare they give us plenty of it," remarked the Newcastle West player.
"We're on the same level in terms of work-rate and where we were. We're both looking to qualify and both teams had to win but I suppose a draw was a fair result at the end."
Carrie Dolan scored 1-8 as Galway made it two wins from their opening two home games when recording a comfortable 4-12 to 0-8 win over a Waterford side that played three-quarters of the game with 14 players after defender Aoife Landers was red-carded.