Saturday was a pivotal day in the camogie calendar as four teams battled it out to join Kilkenny and Cork in the semi-finals. We break down the action from Pairc Ui Chaoimh.
Waterford 1-7 Tipperary 1-14
Tipperary booked their place in their first All-Ireland semi-final in 10 years with a seven point win over Waterford but this game was much closer than the scoreline would suggest. It was only Waterford’s first appearance at this stage of the senior competition and they gave a great showing, recovering from a slow start to really challenge the Premier county in the second half. In fact it wasn’t until Cáit Devane fooled the Waterford goalkeeper with a long range free that ended up in the back of the net, that their win was assured.
Tipperary were very open with their scoring in the first half with Grace O’Brien and Ciardha Maher grabbing early scores before the superb Beth Carton opened Waterford’s scoring in the seventh minute. Tipperary had the edge on their opponents when it came to physicality and finishing as proved by captain Orla O’Dwyer and Devane, who is the championship’s top-scorer. Waterford did manage a goal, a point attempt from Carton dropping deceivingly under the bar but Tipp responded immediately.
Tipperary found it much more difficult to create scoring opportunities in the second half and Waterford clawed their way back into the game with the influential Lorraine Bray providing plenty of ball for her forwards to work with. They managed to reduce the gap to just two points with 12 minutes remaining with Carton leading the way but the scare sparked Tipperary back into life but Maher and Devane held their nerve to deliver late scores which now sets up a semi-final date with Cork.
Tipperary: C Burke, J A Burke, G Grace, C Quirke, C Mullaney, K Kennedy, M Ryan, L Loughnane (0-1), E Fryday, Ciardha Maher (0-3), Caoimhe Maher (0-1), O O’Dwyer (0-3), G O’Brien (0-2), C Devane (1-4, 1-3f), R Cahill.
Subs: S Fryday for Cahill (ht), M Camption for Caoimhe Maher (39), C Hennessey for Loughnane (48), E McDonnell for O’Brien (62)
Waterford: C Jackman, K Lynch, I Heffernan, S Harney, A Laners, A Lyng, S Kiernan, L Bray (0-1), D Fahey, N Rockett (0-2), Annie Fitzgerald, F Morrissey, K Tobin, B Carton (1-4, 3f, 1 45′), O Hickey.
Subs: A Power for Morrissey (30). Subs: Aisling Power for Morrissey (30), C Whyte for Landers (ht), M Power for Kiernan (ht), K McMahon for Hickey (44)
Dublin 0-4 Galway 0-20
Galway have been in flying form throughout this championship having only lost once to Kilkenny and yesterday was no exception as they strolled past Dublin to set up a rematch with the Cats later this month. Tellingly, they registered eight different scorers to Dublin’s two and were never really challenged throughout. Their defence were immense in snubbing out any scoring threat from David Herity’s side and they laid the platform for a huge number of Galway’s scores.
Though there were errors in their play, Galway were by far the greater scoring threat in the first half with Dublin forced to foul to prevent further damage. Carrie Dolan gratefully pointed three frees while Aoife Donohue and Catriona Cormican also got in on the scoring action. With little possession to work with, Dublin lived of Galway scraps and had to settle for frees from the stick of Orla Beagan for their only scores of the first half.
What was most notable about the Galway performance was their lack of goal opportunities but that won’t bother their management too much considering their greta ability to score from far out. Midfielder Niamh Kilkenny topped a fine performance with two fantastic points while Niamh McGrath struck an equally impressive effort. Cathal Murray will be delighted with the performances of his bench with three of his substitutes registering scores late in the game. While it was a well-rounded and dominant performance from the Tribeswomen, they will have plenty to work on ahead of that semi-final clash with the Cats.
Galway: Sarah Healy, Shauna Healy, S Dervan, T Kenny, E Helebert, H Cooney, L Ryan, A M Starr, N Kilkenny (0-2), A Donohue (0-4), C Cormican (0-3), N McGrath (0-3, 1f), C Dolan (0-4, 4f), N Coen, A O’Reilly.
Substitutions: S McGrath (0-1) for O’Reilly (40), R Black for Helebert (46), C Walsh (0-1) for Dolan (47), C Murphy for Ryan (55), F Keely (0-1) for Cormican (55)
Dublin: F McCarthy, N Gannon, A Carolan, M O’Donoghue, H Hegarty, L Twomey, R Baker, O Beagan (0-3, 2f), E McCarthy, A Twomey, A Griffin (0-1), D Mullaney, S Kehoe, M Moynihan, E Flanagan.
Substitutions: L Butler for Flanagan (30), S Nic Coitir for Moynihan (41), G Quinn for Twomey (48), A Maguire for Kehoe (56)
Cork v Tipperary, August 18, Semple Stadium.
Kilkenny v Galway, August 18, Semple Stadium.