Burns brightest as Cork shade it

CORK proved they will not be relinquishing their Gala All-Ireland senior camogie title without a fight after a gutsy last-ditch victory over Wexford at Páirc Uí Chaoimh.

It looked like the three-in-a-row chasers were heading for a third defeat of the campaign as they trailed the league champions by a point entering extra time. But in an incredible finish, Síle Burns fired 1-1 to earn a sensational victory.

The hosts had a strong wind in the first half and got off to a wonderful start with Julia White goaling but a resolute Wexford outfit stayed in touch and were just two points behind at the break (1-5 to 0-6).

Skipper, Una Leacy was in brilliant form for the visitors and she struck a trademark goal to give her side the upper hand before Burns’ strike confirmed Cork’s place in the semi-finals.

Kilkenny maintained their perfect record but once again Clare showed huge promise before falling to a 4-14 to 0-14 scoreline at Corofin.

The Banner girls were tremendous throughout but especially in the second half when they managed to hold their vaunted opponents to just two scores in normal time.

One of those was a third goal for the deadly Caoimhe Fennelly but the Cats added 1-5 in nine minutes of injury time, including a goal by Ann Dalton, while Michelle Quilty finished with nine points.

Chloe Morey, Claire McMahon and Claire Ryan were amongst the Clare stars, while Deirdre Murphy also shone, notching three points.

Galway concluded their campaign with a comfortable 4-19 to 2-5 win over Dublin in Portmarnock. Aislinn Connolly was on fire for the Tribeswomen, hitting 2-8.

Dublin led by a point early on thanks to scores from Ciara Burgess and Anne Kirwan but then Galway hit 2-4 without replay, the goals coming from Connolly and Tara Rutledge.

Kirwan and Carolanne Carney did hit goals for the hosts but Connolly and Veronica Curtin hit back in kind.

* For all the latest results see www.sportsmanager.ie/cake/camogie/Ireland/latestResults


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