Camogie Championship Weekend Review: O’Brien goal grabs vital win for Tipp

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Liberty Insurance Senior Camogie Championship Group 1

Waterford 2-11 Limerick 0-15
Waterford gave themeselves a great chance of qualifying for the knockout stages for the 1st time ever as first-half goals from Beth Carton and Kaiesha Tobin helped give them a 2 point win at Walsh Park.
Limerick’s hopes of getting back into the game were dealt a blow with 8 minutes to play when they were reduced to 14 players for the 3rd game in a row after Sibéal Harney was shown a 2nd yellow card. They never gave up though and it was only a 1 point game heading into injury-time when Carton sealed a great victory for Donal O’Rourke’s side, bringing her tally to 1-10.

Kilkenny 4-13 Clare 0-02
Miriam Walsh netted a hat-trick for the league champion and Denise Gaule scored 1-4 as Kilkenny moved to the top of the table with an easy win in Ballyragget. Kilkenny now play Galway to decide who takes the automatic semi-final spot.

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Tipperary 1-14 Offaly 2-10
A goal from Grace O’Brien in the 4th minute of injury-time snatched a vital win for Tipperary at The Ragg.
Goals from Siobhán Flannery and Sarah Harding helped Offaly to a 2-3 to 0-8 lead at half-time, with Cait Devane firing over 5 points.
Mike Wall’s charges looked likely to claim victory after an even 2nd period, only for O’Brien to finish to the net after Devane’s initial goalbound effort was blocked.

Wexford 0-13 Dublin 1-14
Dublin produced a great 2nd half performance to claim a 4 point win in Enniscorthy.
Linda Bolger and Joanne Dillon were among the scorers as the hosts led 0-7 to 0-4 at half-time.
Dublin were much better when play resumed with 1-2 from Orla Beagan proving crucial as 2 long-range frees from goalkeeper Faye McCarthy helped seal the win for David Herity’s side.

Meath 0-06 Cork 3-21
The reigning All-Ireland champions Cork made it 4 wins out of 4 with a comprehensive win in Trim.
Recently-married Orla Cotter hit 4 points for Cork, while Ashling Thompson and Julia White weighed in with two scores apiece as the visitors led 0-10 to 0-2 at half-time.
Cork’s dominance was even greater after the break, as Niamh McCarthy netted a double and substitute Amy O’Connor notched 1-4 for Paudie Murray’s charges.

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Down 0-06 Cork 0-18
Cork remain unbeaten after a strong 2nd half helped them to a 12 point win at Pairc Esler.
Down were previously unbeaten but Cork were always in control as they lead 0-8 to 0-4 at half-time before pushing on to move clear at the top of the table.

Laois 2-08 Derry 0-14
Derry earned a share of the spoils for the 3rd time in a row after an intriguing encounter in Rathdowney.
Owen Drennan took charge of the hosts following the resignation of the entire management team last week. The midlanders were also given a boost as Sarah-Anne Fitzgerald returned to the panel.
Laois led by 3 at the break as a ball in from Aoife Burke evaded Derry goalkeeper Niamh McQuillan and founf the back of the net.
Derry turned the game on its head after the break as they moved 3 clear before Amy Loughman finished brilliantly to the net to draw the sides level. Laois then went back in front, only for Grainne McGoldrick to knock over a 30 yard free, to earn a another point for the oak leafers.

Liberty Insurance Premier Junior Camogie Championship Group 1

Kerry 2-11 Clare 0-06
2nd half goals from Jackie Horgan and Megan Weir helped Kerry to an opening victory in Abbeydorney.

Limerick 0-11 Offaly 1-07
The hosts earned a narrow victory in Bruff as they only scored 2 points in the 2nd half, having led 0-9 to 1-2 at the break, against an Offaly side who were unlucky not to come away with something.

Liberty Insurance Premier Junior Camogie Championship Group 2

Dublin 0-22 Armagh 1-08
15 points from Aoibhe Dillon helped give last year’s beaten finalits an 11 point win in Coolock.
Dublin led 0-12 to 0-3 at half-time, and although Armagh did grab a goal after the break, Dublin were always in control as Shane Plowman’s charges eased to victory.

By Mark Casserly