Monday 22 January 2018

Late flourish by Westerners puts them on course for a double delight



Daragh O Conchuir

Galway remain on course for a memorable double after they booked their place in the Liberty Insurance Senior Camogie Championship semi-final.

Having already won the league this year, the Westerners maintained a flawless Group 1 record during the summer campaign, with a last quarter flourish seeing off Wexford 1-11 to 0-6.

While the Model County women and Cork could still finish equal on points with Galway, the 2013 champions would advance directly to the last four on the back of wins over their rivals.

This was an extremely tight affair at Innovate Wexford Park, and there was no certainty the 1-5 to 0-3 lead at half-time was sufficient for the league winners given the strength of the wind.

Aoife Callanan pointed early for the visitors before goal machine Molly Dunne worked her magic once more after good work by Maria Cooney. Niamh McGrath added four points before the break and Wexford needed a brace of points from Katrina Parrock to keep them in touch.


A couple of points from Kate Kelly reduced the margin to a goal and it took a stunning intervention from Sarah Dervan to deny the hosts a goal. Tony Ward's girls heeded the warning, with points from Niamh Kilkenny, Maria Brehony and Tara Rutledge (two).

Kilkenny are the other confirmed semi-finalists after another facile Group 2 victory. Tipperary were the victims of the Noresiders' scoring power, losing 8-15 to 0-4 in Freshford.

Katie Power left her sick bed to be Player of the Match, scoring three goals and three points. She was well supported by fellow goalscorers Denise Gaule (2-3), Michelle Quilty and substitute Ann Dalton (2-1) as Kilkenny ran riot, hitting 8-10 from play.

Clare gave themselves a chance of a knockout spot with a 1-8 apiece draw against Dublin in Newmarket-On-Fergus. Dublin started better and a brilliant goal by Aoife Bugler put them four points clear.

Chloe Morey halved the deficit by the interval and her 43rd minute goal helped Clare to a two-point lead. Points from Miriam Twomey and an Ali Maguire 45 in injury-time snatched a share of the spoils.

Defending champions Cork had a hard-earned 0-13 to 0-6 victory over a youthful Offaly in Páirc Uí Rinn. Siobhan Flannery scored five points for the Faithful but Paudie Murray's charges had too much in hand. Orla Cotter scored nine points in difficult conditions. Briege Corkery added two points, with Orla Cronin and Julia White also on the mark.

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