Saturday 20 January 2018

Watkins inspires Offaly to Model rout


Arlene Watkins scored two first-half goals. Picture: Brian Lawless / SPORTSFILE
Arlene Watkins scored two first-half goals. Picture: Brian Lawless / SPORTSFILE Sportsdesk

Arlene Watkins scored two first-half goals while Tina Hannon was magnificent as Offaly followed up their opening round Liberty Insurance Championship Group 1 victory with a 2-14 to 1-7 win demolition of Wexford in Birr.

The sides were level on three points apiece when Hannon's delivery was finished to the net brilliantly by Watkins. A couple of points by captain Michael Morkan followed before a move involving Morkan and Linda Sullivan ended with Watkins' grabbing her second major and the Faithful led by 2-6 to 0-6 at half time.

Offaly stretched the lead with points from Morkan, Hannon and Sullivan, although but Wexford did manage a late goal from Kate Kelly.

Cork produced a storming second half as they crushed depleted Clare 5-19 to 0-10 at Páirc Uí Rinn. A Briege Corkery goal helped the champions to a 1-5 to 0-5 interval lead, and Eimear O'Sullivan and Katrina Mackey led the way as the floodgates opened on the resumption.

Niamh Mulcahy scored 1-14 in a losing effort against Wexford last week but she was rewarded for a 13-point contribution this time as Limerick came from six points down to beat Waterford 2-14 to 1-8 in Kilmallock. Cliona Lane's goal helped the Treaty women to a 2-4 to 1-6 ha;f-time advantage.

In Group 2, it was nip and tuck for a long way between Kilkenny and Dublin before the National League champions pulled away in the second half to win by 2-12 to 0-10 in Freshford.

Ali Maguire scored five points for the visitors in the first half but Shelly Farrell's goal helped Kilkenny to a 1-6 to 0-5 interval lead.

Points from Ann Dalton and a goal by Denise Gaule pulled the Noresiders clear.

Tipperary won 3-19 to 1-6 in Derry.

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