Galway and Kilkenny were victorious yesterday in their respective Irish Daily Star National Camogie League Division 1 ties, defeating Cork and Clare in impressive fashion.
The Galway-Cork clash took place in Martinstown, Co Limerick, with the Leesiders missing some key players, including Briege Corkery and Anna Geary. As a result, they were largely reliant on Jennifer O’Leary, who scored six points, and Katrina Mackey, who contributed their remaining four.
By contrast, Galway had eight different scorers, while Sarah Dervan gave an eye-catching performance from centre-back.
The sides were level four times in the first 23 minutes, at which stage it was 0-5 apiece, but with Aislinn Connolly helping to bring her personal tally to six points with three fine scores, Galway outscored their opponents by 0-6 to 0-1 before the interval to lead by 0-11 to 0-6.
The game was over by the ninth minute of the second half, when Brenda Hanney goaled after being sent clear by Tara Rutledge. Murray had done well to deflect a Veronica Curtin shot over the bar just prior to that but with a nine-point margin, there was no way back for Cork.
They kept fighting hard, with Mackey and O’Leary accurate from frees but scores from Jessica Gill and Noreen Coen ensured a comfortable 1-16 to 0-10 success for Galway.
Kilkenny recovered from their opening round defeat to Cork by producing a spirited second-half performance to record their first win.
A Chloe Morey goal just before the interval, on a rebound from a Catriona Ryan save, pushed Clare 1-4 to 0-2 in front at the break and it was looking bad for the Noresiders.
Aoife Neary was in brilliant form after the restart though and she fired over point after to point to bring her final tally to nine, although she will have been disappointed to send a penalty over the crossbar.
Nevertheless, her display, as well as the introduction of Ashbourne Cup-winning captain, Katie Power in the second half, helped prompt a remarkable turnaround that saw Clare failing to score after the resumption as Kilkenny prevailed 0-11 to 1-4.