The four semi-finalists for the Gala All-Ireland senior hurling camogie championship have been confirmed as Wexford, Galway and Kilkenny all recorded victories, and Tipperary’s defeat by the Model County ensured the progression of Cork, who had the weekend off.
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 fifth minute goal by Lenny Holohan 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 into 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.
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.