Waterford camogs book first-ever All-Ireland Senior quarter-final berth
WATERFORD have reached the Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Senior Camogie quarter-final for the first time as a result of a two-point win over Clare in Cusack Park Ennis.
The county's last appearance in the latter stages of the All-Ireland was over 60 years ago, Antrim defeating them to collect their first ever title in 1945.
They are lined up to play Tipperary who drew with Dublin the other section courtesy of a late point from Cáit Devane, while Dublin will have to face a wounded Galway who lost a top of the table clash with Kilkenny by a margin of seven points.
Kilkenny kept their 100% record in the group stages, as did Cork in Section 2 and both teams go directly into the semi-finals next month.
The quarter-finals are a double-header at Páirc Uí Chaoimh on August 4th, with the semi-finals are pencilled in for Semple Stadium two weeks later.
Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Senior Championship Group 1
Clare 0–12 Waterford 1-11
BETH CARTON was the heroine for Waterford with 1-9 as they overcame Clare in a tight encounter at Cusack Park.
The Déise had a great opening quarter with Carton scoring her goal and the first four points of the game. She almost had a second goal but Lauren Solan made a point-blank save to deny the De La Salle star.
Chloe Morey had her side back in contention by the break at 1-5 to 0-5, scoring all five Clare points. She added another five points in the second half, but Carton kept Waterford just ahead throughout and secured an historic quarter-finals spot
Kilkenny 1-17 Galway 0-13
DENISE Gaule scored eight points to end Galway's hopes of claiming top spot in Group 1, while Anne Dalton, Meighan Farrell and Player of the Match Michelle Quilty also made key contributions.
Ailish O'Reilly excelled for Galway and had two early points from play and the visitors moved into an early four points with Niamh McGrath also on target. But they also shot a number of wides and paid for that as Kilkenny came back strongly with scores from Gaule, Quilty, Miriam Walsh and Shelly Farrell to lead by 0-9 to 0-7 at half time.
Carrie Dolan and O'Reilly, with her fourth from play, brought the teams level on the re-start but a 41st minute penalty strike from Gaule, after a foul on Shelly Farrell, opened a gap that Galway didn't really look like closing, despite some good scores from Dolan.
Group 1 Results to date
June 9: Galway 1-16 Clare 0-9, Kilkenny 2-18 Limerick 0-11
June 16: Galway 4-12 Waterford 0-8, Clare 0-8 Limerick 0-8
June 30: Galway 3-14 Limerick 1-11, Kilkenny 1-13 Waterford 0-10
July 14th ; Kilkenny 4-13 Clare 0-2, Waterford 2-11 Limerick 0-15
July 22nd: Clare 0–12 Waterford 1-11, Kilkenny 1-17 Galway 0-13
League Table Liberty Insurance Senior Camogie Championship Group 1 Table
Pld W D L PD Pts
Kilkenny 4 4 0 0 49 12
Galway 4 3 0 1 28 9
Waterford 4 2 0 2 -18 6
Clare 4 0 1 3 -35 1
Limerick 4 0 1 3 -24 1
Liberty Insurance Senior Camogie Championship Group 2:
Cork 6-18 Offaly 3-4
CORK had 16 different scorers prior to welcoming Offaly to town and they illustrated their significant firepower in stunning fashion with a 23 points' winning margin.
Offaly tried hard and Arlene Watkins helped herself to three goals but Cork goalie Aoife Murray (penalty), Niamh McCarthy, Julia White (two), Orla Cotter and Katrina Mackey raised green flags for Paudie Murray's outfit, while Aoife Murray also saved a penalty from the competition's leading goal-scorer Siobhán Flannery.
Dublin 0-13 Tipperary 0-13
DUBLIN began strongly against Tipperary with points from Eimear McCarthy and Niamh Gannon but Faye McCarthy had to make a brilliant save as the visitors upped the tempo and Devane, the championship's leading scorer, drew them level.
Caoimhe Maher and Grace O'Brien moved Tipp ahead but Dublin steadied the ship with points from Orla Beagan, Eimear McCarthy and Siobhán Kehoe and Kehoe to lead by 0-6 to 0-5 at the halfway point.
Points from Kehoe, Mairi Moynihan and Eimear McCarthy on the re-start established a five-point margin but Tipp dug deep once more, with Eibhlís McDonnell, Miriam Campion and Devane tagging on vital scores before Devane, who finished with seven points, had the final say with a late equalising point.
Wexford 4-14 Meath 1-10
Both these teams were out of the frame for qualification for the quarter-finals and Wexford were expected to use home advantage to gain their first win of the season.
Group 2 results to date
June 9: Cork 0-19 Wexford 0-7, Dublin 3-14 Offaly 3-9, Tipperary 6-14 Meath 0-9
June 23rd: Offaly 3-11 Meath 0-9, Wexford 2-8 Tipperary 1-14, Cork 4-15 Dublin 2-3
July 7: Cork 1-27 Tipperary 1-12, Offaly 1-18 Wexford 1-12, Dublin 2-11 Meath 0-8
July 14: Wexford 0-13 Dublin 1-14, Tipperary 1-14 Offaly 2-10, Meath 0-6, Cork 3-21
July 21: Cork 6-18 Offaly 3-4, Dublin 0-13 Tipperary 0-13, Wexford 4-14 Meath 1-10
Pld W D L PD Pts
Cork 5 5 0 0 95 15
Tipperary 5 3 1 1 11 10
Dublin 5 3 1 1 0 10
Offaly 5 2 0 3 -12 6
Wexford 5 1 0 4 -15 3
Meath 5 0 0 5 -79 0
Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Intermediate Championship Group 2
Galway and Tipperary have claimed the two semi-final spots available to the teams in Group 2 of the Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Intermediate championship. The only issue remaining to resolve is who is seeded 1 to play either Down or Derry, with Seed 2 facing Cork.
That will be determined in the final set of group games on 4th August when Galway face Kilkenny and Tipperary should canter home against Kildare. The Westmeath v Antrim game that day is basically a dead-rubber.
Antrim 4-17 Kildare 1-12
WITH both these teams out of the race to qualify from the group, this game seemed to be used by the respective management teams as an opportunity to develop their panels.
The Saffrons showed a number of changes from their heart-breaking injury-time defeat to Galway at Portglenone and gave starting spots to seven teenagers – and brought on a further four as substitutes. Significantly however eight starters were from Loughgiel, the first time this has happened in two seasons.
One of those Shamrocks, Amy Boyle, placed Katie McAleese for the first point inside 30 seconds and Antrim went into a four points' lead before Kildare got off the mark with a free from Melissa Lyons in the seventh minute.
That sparked a run of six unanswered scores for the visitors and it looked as if the young Saffrons were in trouble.
However the teenagers had enough experience to turn to the tide with captain Katie McAleese shooting four points in a row between the 17th and 20th minutes.
It was 0-8 to 0-7 when the breakthrough goal arrived in the 24th minute, curtesy of three minors. Maeve Kelly threaded an excellent ball to Charley McCarry who off-loaded to Roisin McCormick going through on the blind side and McCormick found the roof of the net with points from Aisling McFadden and a Katie McAleese free turning the teams on a 1-10 to 0-8 score-line.
Amy Boyle and Emer O'Reilly, with a huge free, exchanged points, the only scores of the first 10 minutes of the second half – and then McCormick's second goal more or less wrapped up the game.
Kildare were curtailed to points from frees, but Melissa Lyons did breach the Antrim defence for a 50th minute goal to reduce the difference to make it 2-14 to 1-11.
However Antrim pushed on with goals from Aisling McFadden and sub Kirsty McKendry to run out comfortable winners.
All the Saffron youngsters showed up well in this game, goalie Caitriona Graham, Maeve Kelly, Amy Boyle and Roisin McCormick the stand-out performances – but only because the likes of Emma McFadden and Katie McAleese worked hard to give them the freedom to display their talent.
Antrim: C Graham, M Lynn, F McIntyre, C Patterson, N Donnelly, E McFadden, A Mulholland, A Boyle (0-1), K Mullan, L McNaughton, K McAleese (0-10, 0-6 frees), M Kelly (0-2, C McCarry (0-2), R McCormick (2-1), A McFadden (1-1).
Subs: K McKendry (1-0) for K Mullan (39), A Connolly for M Kelly (54), E Kearns for A Mulholland (57)), E McAreavey for M Lynn (59).
Kildare: M Treacy, K Perkins, M Doyle, C Temple, M Ryan, E Reilly (0-1 free), N Hegarty, C Egan, C Shiels, L Sutton (0-1), M Lyons (1-6, 0-5 frees), A Gallagher, C Maher (0-1), F Trant (0-1), S O'Brien (0-2).
Subs: L Dunne for N Hegarty (39), S Moran for M Ryan (46), A Mantle for C Maher (56).
Referee: Philip McDonald (Cavan).
Tipperary 2-13 Kilkenny 2-10
A late second goal from Kilkenny's Lydia Fitzpatrick left Tipperary hanging on for a win in Callan after goals from Aoife McLoughney and newcomer Caroline Browne looked to have given the Premier county a comfortable lead.
Tipp started well and McLoughney's goal gave them a 1-4 to 0-1 lead after 12 minutes. By half time they led by 1-9 to 0-6 and are now guaranteed a semi-final spot
Galway 1-15 Westmeath 0-17
Galway have been able to eke out results in this group with last gasp scores – a draw against Kilkenny and an injury-time goal to snatch a single point victory over Antrim.
On Saturday they led after a first half goal from Rona Monahan and never relinquished that lead, despite Westmeath closing the gap to a single point on several occasions
Group 2 results to date:
June 16: Kilkenny 3-14 Antrim 0-6, Galway 3-11 Tipperary 2-14, Westmeath 6-13 Kildare 2-5
June 30: Antrim 3-07 Galway 2-11, Kilkenny 4-15 Kildare 0-6, Tipperary 3-13 Westmeath 4-8
July 7: Kildare 0-6 Galway 4-16, Westmeath 2-13 Kilkenny 2-7
July 21: Antrim 4-17 Kildare 1-12, Tipperary 2-13 Kilkenny 2-10, Galway 1-15 Westmeath 0-17
League Table Liberty Insurance Intermediate Camogie Championship Group 2
Team Played Won Drawn Lost Points Diff Points
Galway 4 3 1 0 26 10
Tipperary 4 3 1 0 5 10
Kilkenny 4 2 0 2 30 6
Westmeath 4 2 0 2 23 6
Antrim 4 1 0 3 -4 3
Kildare 4 0 0 4 -80 0
Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Premier Junior Championship Group 1:
Kerry 1-15 Limerick 0-8
Clare 0-11 Offaly 1-9
Kerry moved top of the group with a second successive victory, but with pointless Clare still to play in their final league game, Limerick should join them in the semi-finals
Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Premier Junior Championship Group 2
Dublin 2-9 Roscommon 0-5
Dublin are through to the Junior semi-final, while next week's game between Armagh and Roscommon will determine who joins them.