Thursday 14 December 2017

Kilkenny and Galway run riot to reach semi-finals


Cork, Kilkenny, Galway and Limerick are through to the Division 1 semi-finals of the Camogie League.

Cork and Limerick were already certain of their spots in the last four but Kilkenny and Galway had to beat Clare and Wexford to make sure of their place.

A young Galway team were majestic in accounting for understrength Wexford by 2-23 to 0-9. The teams shared six points early on but it was notable that Galway full-forward Molly Dunne was causing problems.

When Dunne fired to the roof of the Wexford net after good work from Niamh Kilkenny and Ailish O'Reilly, the writing was on the wall for the Yellowbellies. Galway kept the scoreboard ticking over regularly and led by 1-14 to 0-6 at half time.

Champions Kilkenny produced a scintillating performance in Clonlara when inflicting a 17-point beating on the hosts to make it safely to the last four on a 4-15 to 0-10 scoreline.

Two goals from Michelle Quilty shattered Clare's resistance and made it 2-8 to 0-6 at half time. When Ann Dalton buried a third goal just 22 seconds after the resumption, it was curtains for the Bannerwomen.

Limerick maintained their unbeaten record with a hard-fought 0-13 to 1-8 win over Offaly.

They led by 0-7 to 0-4 at half time thanks to a couple of points from Aoife Sheehan and three converted frees by Niamh Mulcahy.

A Niamh Larkin goal early in the second half brought the teams level but Rebecca Delee and Mulcahy pulled Limerick three clear and Offaly couldn't break down the Shannonsiders' defence.

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