A surge in the final quarter gave Kilkenny victory over Tipperary at The Ragg on Saturday, keeping them in contention for qualification to the semi-finals of the All-Ireland championship after round four.
Kilkenny won 4-8 to 0-12 but they were flattered by the scoreline. Three quick goals proved decisive though, when the game was in the balance.
Tipp were up by a point at the interval but Aoife Neary handpassed to the net for the winners soon after the restart. Kilkenny's three quick goals, from Michelle Quilty, Áine Fahy and Shelly Farrell, then put the tie to bed.
Elsewhere, Clare led 0-5 to 0-2 after 15 minutes against Wexford but the champions had goals from Evelyn Quigley and Ursula Jacob to turn the game in their favour 3-11 to 0-10.
Meanwhile, it was easy for Cork against Dublin with Joanne Casey (two), Denise Cronin and Katrina Mackey finding the net in a 4-17 to 0-4 win. Jenny O'Leary landed six points, while Eimear O'Sullivan and Gemma O'Connor shared six between them. Louise O'Hara was among the scorers for Dublin.
Galway were never in any danger as they beat Offaly 1-25 to 2-4 at Pearse Park. Martina Conroy goaled from a sixth-minute free to set Galway up and despite Marian Crean getting two goals for Offaly, a spread of scorers helped the Connacht side ease to victory.