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Galway picked up their first win of the Littlewoods National Camogie League on Sunday after pulling clear in the second half to run out seven-point winners over Tipperary.
Goals from Niamh Hanniffy and Aoife Donohue got Tony O’Donovan’s charges back on track following an opening day loss to Cork three weeks previously.
Tipperary came into the game full of confidence having won their previous outing against Offaly (0-16 to 0-7) and stayed with the hosts during a tight first half as the teams went in level 0-6 apiece.
Cait Devane was Tipperary’s top scorer over the hour with eight points while Sarah Fryday and Orla O’Dwyer also contributed to their tally.
Donohue and Rebecca Hennelly dominated on the half forward line for Galway getting nine points from play between them. Both also tapped over frees with Ailish O’Reilly contributing two points and Ann Marie Starr also on target.
The crucial score came on 44 minutes when full forward Hanniffy finished to the net putting the Tribeswomen 1-11 to 0-9 clear.
VIDEO – Aoife Donohue scores Galway's second goal today in their @LittlewoodsIRL Camogie Leagues Division 1 win over Tipperary @GalwayCamogie96 @camogietipp @officialgaa #StyleOfPlay pic.twitter.com/moR2eY1jal
— Camogie Association (@OfficialCamogie) February 4, 2018
There was no looking back and Donohue’s run resulted in a superb second Galway major to ensure the three points. Substitute Grace O’Brien hit back with a consolation Tipperary goal.
Galway entertain Offaly in Pearse Stadium on Sunday, 18th February (12pm) and another victory could set them up for a winner-takes-all clash in Wexford seven days later.
Galway – Aoife Donohue 1-5, Rebecca Hennelly 0-6, Niamh Hanniffy 1-0, Ailish O’Reilly 0-2, Ann Marie Starr 0-1.
Tipperary – Cait Devane 0-8, Grace O’Brien 1-0, Sarah Fryday 0-1, Orla O’Dwyer 0-1
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