Monday 19 March 2018

Curtin pulls the strings

Offaly may have lost, but they showed that they will cause trouble for any team in the top tier as Galway needed a late Veronica Curtin goal to secure a 1-10 to 0-11 victory in the National League.

Joachim Kelly's Faithful charges flew out of the traps and led by 0-8 to 0-2 at the interval. Elaine Dermody proved razor-sharp from the frees, shooting five in that opening period with the excellent Michaela Morkan, Linda Sullivan and Jean Brady also on target.

The second half, though, saw the home side dominate and the women in the maroon and white knocked over eight unanswered points between the 32nd and 52nd minutes to edge two in front, Aisling Connolly and Rebecca Hennelly leading the way.

Though Offaly equalised, Curtin struck for the decisive score on the stroke of full-time.

Wexford produced a strong second-half performance as they put Clare to the sword in Group 1 by 2-16 to 0-4 at Piercestown. Tipperary made a storming comeback but it wasn't enough to deny Kilkenny, who prevailed by 2-11 to 2-8.

Aoife Neary and Michelle Quilty were the goalscorers for the Black and Amber but Ann Downey's crew almost let a commanding advantage slip as Sarah Fryday and Deirdre Dunne found the net for the Premier women.

Claire Grogan finished with six points for Tipperary but with Neary adding four points to her goal and Denise Gaule also slotting three points, the Noresiders just held on.

Cork had a facile 4-20 to 0-4 victory over Dublin.

Irish Independent

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