Galway camogie team finish strongly to see off Kilkenny

Dublin fall just two points short of quarter-final slot despite hitting 6-11 against Derry

Kilkenny’s Claire Phelan is tackled by Niamh McGrath of Galway in Saturday’s All-Ireland senior camogie clash in St Lachtain’s Park, Freshford, Kilkenny. Photograph: Ken Sutton/Inpho

Kilkenny’s Claire Phelan is tackled by Niamh McGrath of Galway in Saturday’s All-Ireland senior camogie clash in St Lachtain’s Park, Freshford, Kilkenny. Photograph: Ken Sutton/Inpho

 

Galway deployed the afterburners in the second half to repel Kilkenny in Freshford and book a direct berth in the semi-finals of the Liberty Insurance Senior Camogie Championship.

This was a repeat of the National League final won by Kilkenny, and the Noresiders had marginally the better of a very tight opening period, at the end of which they led by 0-4 to 0-3, with Denise Gaule providing three of their scores and Niamh McGrath slotting two frees for Galway.

Not for the first time this year, Ailish O’Reilly gave Ollie Bergin’s charges the impetus to step up a gear with a goal eight minutes after the resumption, and Niamh Kilkenny followed up with a point.

Kilkenny were in determined mood though and Gaule responded with three points to bring the sides level, but as the game opened up it was Galway that accelerated with five consecutive points to establish the game-winning margin, as it ended 1-12 to 0-10.

In the other Group Two game, Dublin beat Derry by 6-11 to 1-3 but just missed out on joining Kilkenny in the quarter-finals by virtue of having a two- point inferior score difference to Tipperary. Sarah O’Donovan pounced for two goals inside the opening quarter of an hour and they led by 2-5 to 0-1 at the interval.

Green flags

Emma Flanagan

In Group One, three teams finished on 12 points with four wins each but it is All-Ireland champions Cork who advance to the last four directly after their 3-17 to 1-9 defeat of Limerick at the CIT grounds.

There was little in it at half-time and a Chloe O’Brien goal kept the visitors in touch, trailing by just 0-11 to 1-5. The danger signs were there though, with Limerick over-reliant on Niamh Mulcahy once more, as the Ahane legend contributed five points.

Katrina Mackey, Ashling Thompson and Orla Cotter were among the point-scorers, with Thompson in outstanding form in the middle of the field. Amy O’Connor’s directness paid off with two goals and Cotter also found the net, as Paudie Murray’s outfit streaked clear by 3-17 to 1-9.

Wexford and Offaly go forward to the quarter-finals after wins over Clare and Waterford. Wexford will play Tipperary while Offaly will face Kilkenny.

The Model County trounced Clare in Corofin by 7-12 to 1-5, with Kate Kelly scoring a remarkable 3-8 and last week’s hero against Cork Úna Leacy helping herself two more goals.

Offaly had to work much harder to see off Waterford at St Brendan’s Park in Birr. Trish Jackman fired 11 points for the visitors but the Faithful had just too much firepower, with Michaela Morkan slotting 10 points.

Linda Sullivan and Mairead Jennings rattled the Waterford net and it finished 2-17 to 0-13.

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