By Mark Casserly
Saturday June 30th
Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Senior Championship Group 1
Galway 3-14 Limerick 1-11
Kilkenny 1-13 Waterford 0-10
Kilkenny and Galway maintained their perfect starts to Group 1 of the Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship after wins over Waterford and Limerick on Saturday.
Kilkenny made it 2 wins in a row after a hard-fought 1-13 to 0-10 win away to Waterford.
Kilkenny led 1-8 to 0-5 at the break as 2016 All-Ireland-winning captain Michelle Quilty struck for an early goal. Points from Denise Gaule, Miriam Walsh, Claire Phelan, Katie Power and Quilty helped Kilkenny to a 6 point lead at the break.
Despite being reduced to 14 players for most of the 2nd half, after goalkeeper Briona Langton was dismissed, Waterford gave their all as they made Kilkenny work hard for their 6 point win.
Galway recorded their 3rd victory of the campaign after defeating Limerick by 3-14 to 2-11 in Bruff.
Goals from Niamh Kilkenny, who opened the scoring with a point after 15 seconds, and Niamh Hannify helped the westerners to a 2-7 to 0-5 lead at half-time.
Hannify grabbed her 2nd goal after the break to help Galway seal the win with leading scorer Carrie Dolan also incresing the winners tally. Limerick never gave up though and Deborah Egan netted a consolation goal late on, as Niamh Mulcahy scored 10 points to join Tipperary’s Cáit Devane as championship leading scorer on 0-24.
[table id=7 /]
Saturday June 30th
Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Intermediate Championship Group 2
Antrim 3-07 Galway 2-11
Kilkenny 4-15 Kildare 0-06
Tipperary 3-13 Westmeath 4-08
A goal from Rachel Monahan from a 25m free with the last puck of the game saw Galway snatch victory away to Antrim at Portglenone.
Antrim goaled after 11 minutes through Caoimhe McAleenan who tapped a rebound into the net. It looked like they would go into half-time with the lead but Karen Kennedy goaled a couple of minutes before the break to give Galway a 1-5 to 1-4 lead.
Galway pushed the lead out to 4 points after the break before Antrim got their 2nd goal from Racquel Murphy in the 47th minute to put the minimum between the sides. Murphy then netted from a penalty as Antrim looked to have earned a great victory, until Monahan’s late, late intervention.
Tipperary remian undefeated after a brilliant comeback earned them a 3-13 to 4-8 win over Westmeath at The Ragg.
1st half goals from Megan Dowdall (2) and Pamela Greville (a free) gave the Lake County a seemingly unassailable 7 point lead at the break.
However Tipp were greatly improved in the 2nd half, as despite Denise McGrath’s goal which put Westmeath 4-5 to 0-11 ahead, Andrea Loughnane, Jenny Grace (a free) and Niamh Treacy fired to the net to give Tipp a lead that they wouldn’t relinquish with 6 minutes left.
Klkenny made it 2 wins from 2 with an easy 4-15 to 0-6 victory at home to Kildare.
2 goals from Rachel Kelly and further majors from Mary O’Connell and Lucinda Gahan helped Kilkeeny to 21 point win after the led by 1-10 to 0-4 at half-time.
[table id=9 /]