Defending league champions Wexford got their Camogie National League Division One campaign off to a winning start with an impressive 2-17 to 0-5 win over Dublin on Sunday at Oulart-the-Ballagh.
Wexford’s opening goal came after five minutes courtesy of Lenny Holohan while captain Una Leacy grabbed their second with ten minutes of the game remaining. Both Holohan and Leacy were to the fore with Holohan adding three further points from play and Leacy chipping in with 0-4 (3fs). Despite playing with the wind in the first half Dublin found it difficult to break down a tight Wexford defence and had to rely on the scoring efforts of Alison Maguire (0-2), Ciara Lucey (0-2, 2fs) and Sherry Mannion (0-1). JJ Doyle’s side dominated throughout with Aine Codd and Fiona Kavanagh adding three points each while Ciara Storey, Caroline Murphy, Kate Kelly and Mary Leacy chipped in with a point apiece.
Galway recorded their first win of the league with a 3-16 to 1-5 victory over Clare. Emma Kilkelly scored 1-2 while star attackers Veronica Curtin and Niamh McGrath added 1-1 each. Points from Molly Dunne (0-4), Ashlinn Connolly (0-3, 1f), Brenda Hanney (0-2), Tara Rutledge (0-1), Lorraine Ryan (0-1,1f) and Cathy Bowes (0-1) saw the Galway side lead throughout. Nora Murphy hit Clare’s only goal of the game. Chloe Morey added three points from frees while Shonagh Enright and Naomi Carroll scored a point apiece.
Aoife Neary scored 3-2 to help Kilkenny come from behind and beat Tipperary 5-5 to 0-11. Down by a point at half-time, Tipperary hit four unanswered points in the opening ten minutes of the second half with Claire Grogan contributing eight points overall (1f, 2 45s) and captain Jill Horan, Cora Hennessey and Geraldine Kinnane adding a point each. However, Kilkenny’s ability to score goals was key with Maire Dargan and Michelle Quilty adding to the green flags raised by Neary.
In Division Two action, there were wins for Galway and Offaly while both Wexford and Cork drew. Laois continued their unbeaten run in Division Three while Meath and Armagh recorded victories. In Division Four action Westmeath had a winning visit to London and Tyrone defeated Carlow.