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Camogie: Cats stand in the way of Wexford's four-in-a-row

The semi-final pairings in Division 1 of the league have been decided following the final round of games played over the weekend.

Defending champions Wexford are chasing a four-in-a-row and they will line up against Kilkenny, while last year's runners-up Galway will go head-to-head with Cork. Both games will take place as part of a double-header on Sunday week.

Clare had a chance of breaking into the last four but needed to beat Galway in Clarecastle on Saturday to force a play-off against Cork. In the end, the Maroons chiselled out a hard-earned 1-11 to 0-10 victory to deny the hosts.

The Tribeswomen are the only Division 1 side not to have conceded a goal to date and they maintained that record with a superb defensive effort that combined aerial power with good reading of the play.

Conversion

Aislinn Connolly maintained her good conversion rate from placed balls, but it was Orla Kilkenny's 21st-minute goal that was the most crucial score of the tie.

That helped Galway into a 1-5 to 0-3 lead at half-time and Clare couldn't peg them back.

A third-minute goal by Evelyn Quigley sent Wexford on their way to a 1-15 to 0-9 win against Tipperary at The Ragg. Both sides were in experimental mode, but it was business as usual for Ursula Jacob, as she set up Quigley's score and bagged six points as the visitors opened up a 1-9 to 0-3 lead at half-time. The sharpshooter tagged on another five points in the second half and with Stacey Redmond and Tracy Nolan impressing, Wexford were never threatened.

Meanwhile, Offaly secured their first win of the campaign to give themselves a boost ahead of the championship. Dublin played their part in a pulsating tie in Tullamore but just fell short on a 2-15 to 1-14 scoreline. Elaine Dermody clocked up seven points and Arlene Watkins goaled for the home side.

Irish Independent