Camogie: Clare claim shock win over Kilkenny as Galway roll on
There’s absolutely no doubt that the story of the Camogie action of the weekend was Clare’s shock 1-9 to 0-10 victory over Kilkenny in Nowlan Park.
While Brian Dowling was receiving his direction underway in experimental mode, few could have given a rebuilding Banner outfit a possibility of bagging the garlands however with Eimear Kelly supplying seven points, also ??ine O’Loughlin the critical 47th minute goal, Ger O’Connell’s charges emerged from the Lion’s Den using a priceless Group 1 victory.
The Cats began with severe goal but Shauna Canny left a good save. Following Kelly had gotten to the scoring out of a free under far Factors from Michaela Kennelly along with Katie Nolan gave the hosts an early lead. Kelly transformed three more frees to create it 0-4 to 0-2 at half-time.
Canny had to make another ancient save directly from the restart when O’Loughlin discovered the internet, however Kilkenny were back over one due to points by Denise Gaule and Danielle Morrissey.
It was nip and tuck out there to the end the posts split for a triumph at the opposite end, and though Gaule, Morrissey and Aoife Doyle slotted points from the Noresiders.
There was nothing similar to the level of enthusiasm in Ballinasloe.
Champions Galway showed substantial improvement to blitz Limerick in the Littlewoods Ireland Camogie League Division 1 at Duggan Park from 4-13 into 0-7.
As Cathal Murray’s posse went at the period leading by 4-6 to 0-4 niamh Hanniffy ran riot in the first half, scoring 1-2 and having a hand in the 3 goals.
Hanniffy set up Catherine Finnerty for a target after 87 minutes and Finnerty pounced onto a break the full-forward to grab her second 16 minutes later.
Both of the other peaks came within a minute to the end of the half, Hanniffy pouncing on a slide by Marion Quaid to catch her target ahead of deliciously hammering the sliotar into her hand off an astute Niamh Kilkenny delivery in the puckout, also putting off to Noreen Coen for the fourth.
The rate fell at the second half and also Limerick did enhance with the end but the Galway defence held firm, with skipper Sarah Dervan and R??is??n Black.
In the other Group 2 conflict, Tipperary also left it two by bookkeeping for Dublin 0-14 to 0-8 to set up a winner-takes-all clash with all the westerners for a place in the Final.
Even though the one time Drom & Inch custodian was refused a return to her local parish as the place changed from The Ragg to Bansha dublin had former Tipp goalie Rosie Kenneally involving the posts.
The home team had a 0-7 to 0-5 lead in the change of ends, C??it Devane performing most of the grading, such as the two points of the half, even once Dublin had attracted flat thanks in Leah Butler and Niamh Gannon.
Factors from Caragh Dawson and Martha O’Donoghue brought the Dubs to within one with 10 minutes but they failed to score again, while Devane and R??is??n Howard raised white flags.
Back in Group 1, Offaly ensured their first points of the effort with a 0-12 at Carriganore to 1-9 draw in the Waterford IT Arena.
It was looking grim for the Faithful, as they trailed in the markers but they displayed no little ability and character for a share of the spoils, to score 1-5 in the time, the target from Mair??ad Teehan.