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Corkery strike the difference as Rebelettes see off Cats

Cork maintained their impressive defence of their Division 1 league title with a 1-10 to 1-8 victory over Kilkenny at Nowlan Park.

It was a first defeat of the campaign for the Noresiders but Cork always looked the likelier winners. They led 1-4 to 1-3 at the break thanks to a 21st-minute goal from Briege Corkery in response to Aoife Neary's seventh-minute major.

They were level at 1-5 apiece 10 minutes into the second half but five points secured Cork's win.

In the other Group 1 game, Offaly kept their hopes of making the semi-finals alive with their first win of the campaign against Tipperary, who were suffering their fourth loss. Elaine Dermody converted nine frees in a commanding effort that saw the Faithful girls lead 3-6 to 0-5 at half-time. Arlene Watkins scored two goals, with Tina Hannon bagging the other.

Triona McDonald continued to drive Offaly on from centre-back and Orlagh Kirwan's goal finalised the 4-10 to 1-6 victory.

There was plenty for Martin Lynch to be happy about as Wexford carved out a 1-10 to 0-9 win over Clare at Wexford Park.

Mary Leacy, Ursula Jacob and Katrina Parrock made first appearances of the year, while newcomers Louise Hamill and Ciara Donohue were impressive as Clare lost their 100pc record.

Galway got their first win of the league after of a hard-fought battle with Dublin at O'Toole Park.

Galway led 1-8 to 0-5 at the interval. Ali Maguire registered all of Dublin's scores from frees but Ailish O'Reilly's sixth-minute goal had Galway in a strong position.

With Clodagh McGrath and Niamh Kilkenny dominant and Rebecca Hennelly among the points, the Tribeswomen were full value for their advantage.

They only managed two points after the resumption but Ann-Marie Hayes' 40th-minute goal ensured they always had enough in hand. The tie finished 2-10 to 1-7 in the visitors' favour.

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Irish Independent