Per­fect day for Cork while Wex­ford pre­vail over Kilkenny

The Irish Times - Monday - Sport - - National Hurling League Gaelic Games -

THE LEESIDERS marked the of­fi­cial open­ing of Cork Camo­gie Grounds by out­go­ing pres­i­dent and county na­tive Joan O’flynn, with vic­tory over ri­vals Tip­per­ary at sun-soaked Black­rock in the Ir­ish Daily Star Camo­gie League.

In the end, Cork won by 2-14 to 1-10 and there was never any real doubt that the hosts would pre­vail.

Katie Buck­ley goaled and Ka­t­rina Mackey was among the pointscor­ers as Cork edged into the lead at half-time by 1-5 to 0-4, with the im­pres­sive duo, Cáit Devane and Jill Ho­ran pop­ping over some neat scores for Tip­per­ary.

Ho­ran and Devane tried all they knew to keep the blue and gold in touch. Eer­ena Fry­day did breach the Cork de­fen­sive re­sis­tance for a goal but there was never any like­li­hood that they would over­turn the deficit.

Kilkenny pro­duced what was prob­a­bly their best per­for­mance of the sea­son but that still wasn’t enough to beat de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons, Wex­ford. Kilkenny could have up­set the odds had they reg­is­tered more than one point in the sec­ond half. In the end Wex­ford pre­vailed, 0-11 to 0-10.

Clare se­cured an im­por­tant vic­tory over Of­faly – 1-15 to 0-9 – to keep their semi-final hopes alive.

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