Carrie Dolan scored 10 points at The Ragg today as Galway successfully began their 2019 Littlewoods Ireland Camogie League Division 1 campaign with a 1-14 to 1-6 win over Tipperary.
Following on from very strong performance last week against Cork, Tipperary were again unable to land a telling blow as they suffered their second defeat in as many games.
Cáit Devane’s absence was noticeable even though Niamh Treacy gave the home side a third-minute lead from a free. Galway’s Dolan was accurate from placed balls from which she scored four frees, scoring six points in total as the Westerners led by 0-8 to 0-2 at the break.
Ailish O’Reilly and Niamh Kilkenny completed the scoring for Galway in that opening period, with Megan Ryan adding to Treacy’s opener for Tipperary.
Cathal Murray’s Galway side increased their lead towards the end of the third quarter but an O’Reilly goal in the 46th minute, after a blistering run by Niamh Hanniffy, made a home victory look very unlikely. Hanniffy had left a number of defenders in her wake before cleverly hand-passing across the danger zone for O’Reilly to flick to the net.
Tipperary’s response was immediate with Eilish McDonald scoring a hand-passed goal. Unfortunately for the home side, they couldn’t get any closer to the visitors, as Dolan and Niamh McGrath added more scores for Galway.
Defending champions Kilkenny and Clare were the other winners on Saturday as All-Ireland champions Cork had their game with Wexford postponed.
Kilkenny produced a storming second-half in Callan to defeat Dublin on a 1-14 to 0-6 scoreline though the Frank Browne-managed Dubs had led by a point at the interval.
2017 All-Star Aisling Maher, who returned after taking a year out, opened the scoring and added a second score later on, while Siobhán Kehoe and Ali Maguire scored a brace each, with Danielle Morrissey (two), Miriam Walsh, Denise Gaule and Steffi Fitzgerald all registering scores for the Cats.
Ann Downey’s side imposed themselves on the visitors straight from the restart, keeping Dublin scoreless. Morrissey, Gaule, Walsh and Anne Dalton were multiple scorers and a 60th minute goal by Katie Nolan put the result beyond doubt.
Offaly fell to a second consecutive narrow away defeat, this time to Clare, in Whitegate, by 0-10 to 1-5.
Ger O’Connell’s side were helped by a strong start and gaining a three point advantage early on, with Bridín Dinan and Andrea O’Keeffe among their scorers.
Michaela Morkan and Mairéad Teehan helped Offaly settle but more scores from Dinan gave the home team a 0-5 to 0-3 lead at the change of ends.
A 39th minute goal from Morkan brought the Faithful girls level, after Dinan had briefly stretched the advantage. When Dinan and Aisling Brennan exchanged scores, the Offaly freetaker converted a placed ball to put Mike Wall’s charges ahead with nine minutes to play.
Offaly couldn’t finish it off though as points from Eimear Kelly, Dinan and Susan Fahy respectively gave Clare the win.
Littlewoods Ireland Camogie Leagues Division 1, Group 1
Offaly 1-05 Clare 0-10
Kilkenny 1-15 Dublin 0-06
Littlewoods Ireland Camogie Leagues Division 1, Group 2
Cork v Wexford GAME CALLED OFF
Galway 1-14 Tipperary 1-06