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Camogie round-up: Yellowbellies beat Tipp in top flight

Updated: Sunday, 28 Feb 2016 18:33 | Comments

Tipperary's Mary Ryan under pressure from the Wexford defence in Cloughjordan
Tipperary's Mary Ryan under pressure from the Wexford defence in Cloughjordan

Wexford have gotten their Irish Daily Star Camogie League campaign off to a winning start with a workmanlike 0-13 to 0-09 win over Tipperary in Cloughjordan.

Fresh from her scoring heroics as Cork IT won the Purcell Cup, Linda Bolger was the key contributor with five points for Wexford.

The Yellowbellies fell behind early on but moved three clear with a run of four points on the trot and were 0-09 to 0-04 in front at half time.

The Kehoe twins, Shelley and Stacey also kept the scoreboard ticking over but the away side couldn’t shake off Tipperary, who had Jenny Grace raising five white flags.

With Ereena and Sarah Friday also scoring points, the Premier girls were a danger right to the end but a stout defensive display from Wexford denied them a goal that would have made things interesting.

Clare beat Offaly 0-18 to 1-08 in Corofin. The visitors began well with points from Tina Hannon and Lisa Gorman but Clare were level by the end of the opening quarter, thanks to Chloe Morey and Aoibheann Malone.

It was nip and tuck from there to the interval and the sides went in deadlocked at the break on 0-05 apiece.

Clare opened up after the resumption however, with Morey punishing Offaly indiscretions in customary fashion.

She scored five points (four frees, 1 ‘45’) as the home side moved six clear and finished with a total of 0-11. Cailin Fitzgerald goaled for Offaly but they never looked like reeling their opponents in.

In the final Group 1 game, champions Galway moved to the top of the table with two wins from two after a gritty 0-12 to 0-05 win over Dublin, who fell to a second consecutive defeat in DCU.

Niamh McGrath shot three points and Aoife Callanan too as the Tribeswomen established a six-point advantage at the change of ends - 0-09 to 0-03.

Though McGrath had to leave the fray in the second half due to injury, by which stage she has brought her tally to six, Ollie Bergin’s posse were impressively resolute defensively and never looked like yielding, despite Ali Twomey’s three-point supply.

In Group 2, there were wins for All-Ireland champions Cork, and Kilkenny.

The Cats were well on top throughout and had more than enough in hand to withstand a late rally from neighbours Waterford, who were playing their first ever match at senior level.

Sarah Ann Quinlan slotted seven points while the more experienced Denise Gaule added five. Ann Dalton, Kate McDonald and Áine Gannon added goals to give Waterford a mountain to climb. 

Despite Beth Carton’s goal, the sides were separated by 14 points at one juncture, and though Iona Heffernan and Aoife Shanahan pounced for late goals, it finished 3-16 to 3-07 in Piltown.

Cork secured their first win of the season by 1-18 to 0-09 against Derry in Loup.

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