Offaly must work hard for victory while Cork are too strong for Dublin
In Group 1 All-Ireland champions Wexford suffered first defeat of the campaign
Cork and Offaly will participate in a straight shootout for a place in the Liberty Insurance senior camogie semi-finals in a fortnight with victories over Dublin and Tipperary.
Last year’s runners-up were much too strong for a disappointing Dublin outfit, registering a 5-23 to 0-4 verdict at Páirc Uí Rinn. Paudie Murray’s side had seven individual scorers; Katrina Mackey led the way with 2-3, with Síle Burns close up on 2-2.
Offaly had to work much harder for their 1-15 to 0-10 success in Banagher. Tipperary played with fierce intensity in the first half with the wind at their backs. With Sarah Fryday in tremendous form, they led by 0-6 to 0-4 at half time.
It was still all to play for at the three-quarter mark when Offaly’s Rachel Brennan went on a solo run before finding Elaine Dermody with her pass. The veteran full-forward provided a superb finish for a goal.
Siobhán Flannery brought her ultimate tally to four points with two monster scores, and Dermody finished with 1-4 to her credit.
It’s all to play for in Group 1 as All-Ireland champions Wexford suffered their first defeat of the campaign to Galway at Wexford Park. The Tribeswomen came away from a tightly-contested affair in which defences dominated on the right side of a 0-10 to 0-8
Kilkenny remain in the box seat of a hugely competitive group when beating Derry 6-12 to 1-5 at Ashbourne. Kilkenny’s Denise Gaule carried on her recent top form when bagging a goal hat-trick.