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By Daragh Ë Conch·ir

Wexford, Galway and Kilkenny all recorded victories in the Gala Senior Championship on Saturday.
Ursula Jacob did the damage for Wexford, contributing 1-12 of her side’s tally in their 2-17 to 0-14 success. Accurate from placed balls, Jacob was always dangerous, plundering 1-5 from play.
Wexford got off to the perfect start with a Lenny Holohan goal in the fifth minute but Claire Grogan’s prodigious point-scoring – she finished with nine points, seven of which came from frees and one from a 45 – brought Tipp back level at the break, 0-10 to 1-7.
Once Jacob’s attempt at a point from 45m dropped to the Tipperary net however, Wexford pushed on with the wind at their backs to ram home their advantage.
Clare gave Galway the fright of their lives before eventually falling by two points in a thrilling encounter at Corofin yesterday.
When Chloe McMahon pointed five minutes from time, the hosts led by 1-10 to 1-9, but Galway showed their character and class to respond with four points from Aislinn Connolly (free), Veronica Curtin, Caroline Murray and Tara Rutledge.
Chloe Morey hit back from distance but time ran out on the continuously improving Bannerwomen, Galway prevailing on a 1-13 to 1-11 scoreline.
Galway began best and led by 0-4 to 0-1 early on before Clare hit back to level at 0-7 apiece at the break. The Tribeswomen had goalkeeper Susan Earner to thank for not being behind as she made a brilliant save from Fiona Lafferty’s fierce, low shot.
Rutledge and McMahon exchanged goals to set the game up for its dramatic conclusion and it was Galway’s greater nous that prevailed.
At Nowlan Park, Kilkenny’s 100% record was never under threat, as they hammered Dublin by 6-20 to 0-6.
Louise O’Hara was the visitors’ best player and she provided five of her side’s points but Kilkenny were never under threat.
Goals from Katie Power, Aoife Neary, Shelly Farrell and Marie Dargan helped them establish a 4-8 to 0-3 interval lead. Neary added two more after the resumption to take the scoring honours with a tally of 3-2.

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