Wednesday 21 March 2018

Kelly stars in Wexford victory

CAMOGIE: WEXFORD will meet Cork in the Gala All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship Final on September 9 after two stirring semi-finals before a crowd in excess of 2,000 at Nowlan Park, Kilkenny on Saturday.

Kate Kelly was a towering force in Wexford's 2-18 to 0-14 win over Galway in the first semi-final with the midfielder scoring 1-11 to ensure Stellah Sinnott's charges booked a place in their first All-Ireland decider since 1994. Kelly's goal came midway through the first half after a pass from earlier goalscorer Michelle Hearne to hold a 2-3 to 0-5 lead at this stage. Galway responded with points from Ann Marie Hayes, Lourda Kavanagh, Veronica Curtin and Jessica Gill (2) to leave two points between the sides at the interval with Wexford holding a 2-7 to 0-11 advantage.

In the second semi-final, Cork advanced to their seventh decider in eight years, thanks to a 2-11 to 0-9 win against a dogged Tipperary side. An Angela Walsh goal ensured that Cork held a 1-6 to 0-3 interval lead and although Tipperary staged a spirited second half performance thanks to the efforts of Eimear McDonnell and Claire Grogan, an Una O'Donoghue goal for Cork with 12 and a half minutes remaining was the killer blow.

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