BOTH Limerick Camogie teams were in action on Saturday afternoon in Kilmallock.
In the days first game on Saturday afternoon, the Limerick Junior Camogie team were 1-10 to 0-5 winners over Waterford.
The result maintained their unbeaten start to the season with Pat Ryan’s side moving into the semi-final against Wexford on June 12.
Limerick got off to a brilliant start with Valerie Shanahan finishing to the net inside the opening minute. Ellana Mulcahy furthered the gap but there was only one more score before the waterbreak with Limerick leading 1-1 to 0-1.
The sides went score for score in the second quarter with Limerick holding a 1-4 to 0-3 advantage at the interval.
Waterford had a chance to reduce the deficit after the break but Ciara Jackman’s penalty blazed over. At the other end, Enya Harrington kept Limerick ticking over with the Na Piarsaigh lady peerless on placed balls.
With the home side leading 1-6 to 0-4, Michelle Curtin was sent off, but Ryan’s side refused to buckle and despite their numerical disadvantage, they outscored Waterford 0-4 to 0-1 in the final quarter to seal their place in the semi-finals.
In the second game, Galway proved too strong for the Limerick seniors, winning out 3-13 to 0-7.
Limerick’s place in the knockout rounds was confirmed prior to the game with Ryan’s men to face last year’s All-Ireland champions Kilkenny in the quarter-final this weekend.
In Kilmallock, Limerick settled as well as their visitors as they exchanged the first four scores. Galway made their breakthrough on eight minutes with the first goal of the game but Limerick responded to trail by just one at the first waterbreak.
Galway had their second shortly after the break but Limerick continued to keep in touch with the score 2-4 to 0-6 at the half.
Ten minutes into the second half, Galway had their third of the game and put the result beyond doubt as they comfortably held off the challenge of their hosts down the stretch, winning by fifteen points in the end.
Limerick will rue plenty of missed chances on the day but there was little doubting the class of Galway throughout.
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