Wexford got their league campaign off to a winning start, with a 0-13 to 0-9 victory over Tipperary at Cloughjordan.
Fresh from her scoring heroics in Cork IT’s Purcell Cup title win, Linda Bolger was the key contributor with five points for the winners.
Wexford fell behind early on but moved three clear with a run of four points on the trot, and were 0-9 to 0-4 clear at half-time.
The Kehoe twins, Shelley and Stacey, also kept the scoreboard ticking over but the away side couldn’t shake off Tipperary who had Jenny Grace to thank for a series of points.
With Ereena and Sarah Friday also on target, the Premier County girls were a danger right to the end but a stout defensive display from Wexford denied them the goal they needed.
Clare beat Offaly 0-18 to 1-8 in Corofin. The visitors began well, with points from Tina Hannon and Lisa Gorman but Clare were level by the end of the opening quarter, thanks to Chloe Morey and Aoibheann Malone. The sides were deadlocked at the break on 0-5 apiece.
Clare opened up after the resumption however, with Morey punishing Offaly indiscretions in customary fashion. She scored five points (four frees, 1 45) as the home side moved six clear and finished with a total of 11. Cailin Fitzgerald goaled for Offaly but they never looked like reeling their opponents in.
In the final Group 1 game, champions Galway moved to the top of the division with two wins from two after a gritty 0-12 to 0-5 win over Dublin, who were falling to a second consecutive defeat in DCU.
Niamh McGrath scored three points and Aoife Callanan too as the Tribeswomen established a six-point advantage at the change of ends (0-9 to 0-3).
Though McGrath had to leave the fray in the second half due to injury, by which stage she has brought her tally to six, Ollie Bergin’s posse were impressively resolute defensively and never looked like yielding, despite Ali Twomey’s three-point supply.
In Group 2, there were wins for All-Ireland champions Cork and Kilkenny. The Noresiders were well on top throughout and had more than enough in hand to withstand a late rally from neighbours Waterford, who were playing their first match at senior level. It finished 3-16 to 3-7 in Piltown.
Cork secured their first win of the season by securing a 1-18 to 0-9 against Derry in Loup.
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