Saturday 25 November 2017

Galway book spot in semis with powerful finale

Niamh McGrath in action for Galway. Picture credit: Sam Barnes / SPORTSFILE
Niamh McGrath in action for Galway. Picture credit: Sam Barnes / SPORTSFILE Newsdesk Newsdesk

Galway deployed the afterburners in the second half to repel Kilkenny in Freshford and book a direct berth in the semi-finals of the Liberty Insurance Senior Camogie Championship.

This was a repeat of the National League final won by Kilkenny, and the Noresiders were 0-4 to 0-3 up at half-time with Denise Gaule providing three of their scores and Niamh McGrath slotting two frees for Galway. Galway accelerated with five consecutive points towards the end of the match to establish a five-point game-winning margin as it ended 1-12 to 0-10.

In the other Group 2 game, Dublin beat Derry by 6-11 to 1-3 but agonisingly missed out on joining Kilkenny in the quarter-finals by virtue of having a two-point inferior score difference to Tipperary.

In Group 1, three teams finished on 12 points with four wins each but it is All-Ireland champions Cork who advance to the last four after they beat Limerick at the CIT grounds.

Amy O'Connor's directness paid off with two goals and Orla Cotter also found the net as Paudie Murray's outfit streaked clear to win 3-17 to 1-9.

Wexford and Offaly go forward to the quarter-finals after wins over Clare and Waterford. Wexford will play Tipperary while Offaly will face Kilkenny.

The Model County women trounced Clare in Corofin by 7-12 to 1-5, with Kate Kelly scoring a remarkable 3-8.

Offaly had to work much harder to see off Waterford in Birr. Trish Jackman fired 11 points for the visitors but the Faithful's Michaela Morkan slotted 10 points of her own. Linda Sullivan and Mairead Jennings rattled the Waterford net and it finished 2-17 to 0-13.

Irish Independent

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