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Galway displayed their credentials once more with a last quarter flourish to beat Wexford 1-11 to 0-6 and cement their place in the Liberty Insurance senior camogie championship semi-final.
While the Model County women and Cork could still finish equal on points with Galway, the 2013 champions would advance directly to the last four on the back of wins over their rivals.
This was an extremely tight affair for the majority of proceedings at Innovate Wexford Park and there was no certainty that the 1-5 to 0-3 lead at half time was sufficient for the League winners, given the strength of the wind, although the elements did die down in the second half.
Aoife Callanan pointed early for the visitors before goal machine Molly Dunne worked the oracle once more after good work by Maria Cooney. Niamh McGrath added four points before the break and Wexford needed a brace of points from Katrina Parrock to help keep them in touch.
A couple of points from Kate Kelly reduced the margin to a goal and it took a stunning intervention from Sarah Dervan to deny the hosts a goal. Tony Ward’s girls heeded the warning and points from Niamh Kilkenny and Ailish O'Reilly helped ease their nerves.
Kilkenny are the other confirmed semi-finalists after another facile Group 2 victory. This time it was Tipperary who were the victims of the Noresiders’ scoring power, on an 8-15 to 0-4 scoreline in Freshford.
Katie Power came out of her sick bed to provide to be player-of-the match, scoring three goals and three points, while also excelling in general play. She was well supported by fellow goal scorers Denise Gaule (2-3), Michelle Quilty and substitute Ann Dalton (2-1) as Kilkenny ran riot, scoring a phenomenal 8-10 from play.
Clare gave themselves a chance of a knockout spot with a 1-8 apiece draw against Dublin in Newmarket-On-Fergus. Dublin got the better start and a brilliant doubled goal by Aoife Bugler put them four points clear in the 24th minute.
Chloe Morey halved the deficit by the interval and her 43rd minute goal helped Clare open up a two-point lead. That was still the advantage with two minutes of normal time but points from Miriam Twomey and an Ali Maguire 45 in the sixth minute of injury time snatched a share of the spoils.
Meanwhile, defending champions Cork chiselled out a hard-earned 0-13 to 0-6 victory over a youthful Offaly in Páirc Uí Rinn. Siobhan Flannery scored five points for the Faithful women but Paudie Murray’s charges had too much in hand.
Orla Cotter remains one of the most undervalued players in the country and she continued her assault on the scoring charts with another nine points in difficult conditions.
Briege Corkery added two points, with Orla Cronin and Julia White, making her first championship appearance of the season after a period of travelling, also on the mark.

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