Magnificent McGrath gets Tipp off the mark against champions Galway

Niamh Mc Peake of Galway is tackled by Mairead Eviston, left, and Clodagh McIntyre of Tipperary during the Very Camogie League Division 1 match between Tipperary and Galway at The Ragg GAA Grounds in Tipperary. Photo by Tom Beary/Sportsfile

Niamh Mc Peake of Galway is tackled by Mairead Eviston, left, and Clodagh McIntyre of Tipperary during the Very Camogie League Division 1 match between Tipperary and Galway at The Ragg GAA Grounds in Tipperary. Photo by Tom Beary/Sportsfile

by Daragh Ó Conchúir

Galway’s bid for a third consecutive Very National League camogie Division 1A title was dealt a blow on Saturday. An Eimear McGrath inspired Tipperary won out 3-10 to 1-13 in a rip-roaring Round 2 encounter at The Ragg.

McGrath contributed a whopping 3-7 of the winning side’s tally, and Denis Kelly’s charges were worthy victors.

Carrie Dolan scored eight points for Galway, but every time the Maroons looked like getting themselves back into the game they conceded a goal, leaving themselves with a mountain to climb.

Tipperary, who lost their opening tie to Waterford last week, are without the services of multiple All-Star and perennial leading scorer Cáit Devane. They have however given themselves a chance of making the final as a result of this tremendous effort.

Niamh Niland lofted a monumental equaliser for Galway in the 12th minute after a lively start by both teams, but McGrath had her first goal on the board 27 seconds later.

Eimear Heffernan gathered possession from Nicole Walsh’s puckout and offloaded to Tess Ryan. Ryan then rampaged through the middle before finding McGrath, whose low shot beat Fiona Ryan.

Dolan kept Galway ticking over as she finished the first half with six points. But McGrath raised a second green flag on her way to registering 2-4 in the first half alone, benefiting from the massive work rate of her forward colleagues to make it 2-6 to 0-8 at the change of ends.

McGrath then claimed her hat-track in the 42nd minute with a delightful finish. The move was an excellent one started by Clodagh McIntyre, and with eight points between the teams, Galway were up against it.

Cathal Murray’s outfit were resilient throughout but Siobhán Gardiner’s injury time goal came too late.

Camogie round-up

The rematch of last August’s All-Ireland ended with Cork victorious over Waterford once more. Cork are still the only team with full points in the division, but it was a far more competitive affair this time around at a windy SETU Arena, finishing 1-6 to 0-6.

An Orlaith Cahalane goal pushed the visitors into a five-point lead after ten minutes, but three converted frees by Beth Carton brought the Déise to within a green flag of the Rebels at half-time, trailing by 1-5 to 0-5.

Cork had the elements in their favour in the second half but in truth, the wind made it very difficult for both sets of forwards.

Remarkably, the second half only yielded two scores. Laura Hayes split the posts at the three-quarter mark, while Sarah Lacey did the honours for Waterford with time running out.

Kilkenny got off the mark as they defeated Clare 1-19 to 1-9 at UPMC Nowlan Park.

The Bannerwomen began well and fought valiantly throughout, but could not recover the deficit after being rocked by an eighth minute Aoife Doyle goal.

A brace of points from Lorna McNamara gave the visitors an early lead, but when Doyle grabbed her second major in a week, it signalled a period of complete dominance by Kilkenny.

Peter Cleere’s crew shot the seven points in a row in ten minutes after Doyle’s intervention, Steffi Fitzgerald providing three and Katie Nolan a pair before McNamara stopped the rot.

It was 1-9 to 0-4 at the interval, but Clare received a real injection of adrenaline when McNamara slammed the net from a penalty four minutes after the restart.

Former All-Ireland winning captain Aoife Prendergast then slotted a couple of points to ensure that the Cats always had enough in hand.

 

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