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Kilkenny in fitness race to face Waterford

Niamh Kilkenny of Galway. Photo: INPHO/Laszlo Geczo
Niamh Kilkenny of Galway. Photo: INPHO/Laszlo Geczo

Daragh Ó Conchúir

Galway are sweating on the fitness of star midfielder Niamh Kilkenny ahead of their Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship Group 1 clash with Waterford in Athenry on Saturday (5.0).

Kilkenny was player of the match as the Tribeswomen got their 2018 campaign off to the ideal start with a 10-point victory over Clare at Pearse Stadium last Saturday.

The five-time All-Star suffered an injury to a little finger in the opening minute of the game and though that didn't prevent her from producing another all-action display that yielded five points from play, it may keep her sidelined this weekend.

Cathal Murray hasn't had long to work with Galway, having come in after Tony O'Donovan stepped away at the end of the league and Kilkenny was pleased that much of what they had been focusing on in training was replicated on match day.

They rocked Clare back on their heels with a goal and two points almost directly from the throw-in.

"We've been doing a lot of work with support play in training," said Kilkenny on 'Galway Bay FM'. "We've brilliant forwards up there and everyone is looking to give the ball to the person in the best position and thankfully it paid off (against Clare)."

Murray added: "There's an awful lot of things to improve on… we had great scoring and we were happy enough with that but we felt we needed to be more clinical as well."

Irish Independent

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