Offaly may have lost but they showed that they will cause trouble for any team in the top level when only giving way to a late goal as Galway won by 1-10 to 0-11 in the Irish Daily Star Camogie League.
Joachim Kelly’s charges flew out of the traps and with the aid of a strong breeze, led by 0-8 to 0-2 at the interval. Elaine Dermody proved razor-sharp from the frees, shooting five in that opening period with the excellent Michaela Morkan, Linda Sullivan and Jean Brady also on target.
The second half though saw the home side dominate and the women in the maroon and white knocked over eight unanswered points between the 32nd and 52nd minutes to edge two in front, Aislinng Connolly and Rebecca Hennelly leading the way.
Though Offaly equalised, Curtin struck for the decisive score on the stroke of full time.
Wexford produced a strong second half performance as they put Clare to the sword in Group 1 by 2-16 to 0-4 at Piercestown on Saturday.
Last year’s double champions led by 1-6 to 0-1 at the break, with Katrina Parrock striking for a brilliant individual goal in the 20th minute and Chloe Morey grabbing Clare’s only point from a free.
The Banner failed to score from play and Claire McMahon notched up their three points in the second half from frees. Goalkeeper Susan Vaughan was in outstanding form but she was eventually beaten a second time by Ursula Quigley.
Tipperary produced a storming second half comeback but it wasn’t enough to deny Kilkenny, who prevailed by 2-11 to 2-8. Aoife Neary and Michelle Quilty were the goalscorers for the Black and Amber but Ann Downey’s crew left almost left a commanding advantage slip as Sarah Fryday and Deirdre Dunne found the net for the Premier girls.
Claire Grogan finished with six points for Tipperary but with Neary adding four points to her goal and Denise Gaule also slotting three points, the Noresiders just held on.
Cork had a facile 4-20 to 0-4 victory over Dublin. The Leesiders led by 2-8 to 0-2 at the break, with Katriona Mackey hitting 1-3 and Síle Burns also finding the net.
Catriona Power and Ciara Lucey registered Dublin’s first half points but Cork ran riot after the resumption, with Michelle Browne ramming home two goals and Jennifer O’Leary and Gemma O’Connor finishing with seven points between them.