Derry showed that they are getting to grips with life in the top tier of the National Camogie League with a 4-13 to 2-10 victory over Tipperary at Hawkfield.
The Oak Leafers suffered a 12-point defeat by Kilkenny on their debut last month but overcame Offaly last weekend before showing further improvement in dispensing with their Munster opposition.
Katie McAnenly shone for John A Mullan’s side, plundering 3-2 against a beleaguered Tipperary defence, while Gráinne McGoldrick registered 1-6. Karen Kielt got four points and Eimear Mhaloain was also on the mark.
While McAnenly and McGoldrick in particular played well, it was Aoife Ní Chasadaigh in the Derry defence who was the game’s outstanding performer, frustrating a Tipperary side which suffered a third straight defeat.
Also in Group 1, champions Cork made it two out of two with ease, accounting for a pointless Offaly 1-14 to 0-3 at O’Connor Park.
Jenny O’Leary’s free-taking excellence played a huge role in the result, the midfielder contributing eight points. The Leesiders led 0-6 to 0-1 at half time and Finola Neville’s goal 10 minutes from time cemented their success.
Meanwhile, the All-Ireland 2nd Level Schools Junior A final was a repeat of last week’s senior decider and produced the same winners too, Loreto Kilkenny outgunning St Brigid’s, Loughrea 2-13 to 2-2 in Birr.
St Brendan’s Park was also the venue for the D decider as St Joseph’s, Tulla were too strong for Scoil Mhuire, Trim, prevailing 4-13 to 0-5.
The B and C finals were held in Urlingford. The B decider will go to a replay after Our Lady’s, Templemore and Castlecomer Community College failed to be separated, 1-6 to 0-9.
Limerick’s Laurel Hill are the All-Ireland C champions but it was only as they slotted three points in the last five minutes the 3-8 to 2-4 win was assured against Gorey CS.
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