THE Gala All-Ireland senior hurling camogie championship semi-finalists were confirmed over the weekend.
Wexford, Galway and Kilkenny advance to the last four after Saturday victories, while Tipperary’s defeat by the Model County ensured the progression of Cork, who had the weekend off.
Ursula Jacob was the Wexford star, contributing 1-12 in their 2-17 to 0-14 success over the Premier county.
Jacob hit 1-7 from placed balls with the remainder from open play.
Wexford had the perfect start with a Lenny Holohan goal in the fifth minute but Claire Grogan’s prodigious point-scoring — nine points, seven from frees and one from a 45 — had Tipp level at the break (0-10 to 1-7).
But after Jacob’s attempt at a point from 45 dropped to the net, Wexford pushed on with the wind at their backs to ram home their advantage.
Clare gave Galway a fright before eventually falling by two points in a thrilling encounter at Corofin.
When Chloe McMahon pointed five minutes from time, the hosts led 1-10 to 1-9, but Galway showed their 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 Banner with Galway prevailing 1-13 to 1-11. Galway began well and led by 0-4 to 0-1 before Clare drew level at 0-7 apiece at the break. The Tribeswomen had goalkeeper Susan Earner to thank for parity as she made a brilliant save from Fiona Lafferty’s fierce, low shot. Rutledge and McMahon exchanged goals to set up the dramatic conclusion and it was Galway’s greater experience that proved crucial.
At Nowlan Park, Kilkenny’s 100% record was never under threat, as they hammered Dublin by 6-20 to 0-6.
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 head the scoring charts with 3-2.
Louise O’Hara was the visitors’ best player and she provided five of her side’s points.
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