Clare 1-11 Limerick 2-14
Fr. McNamara Park, Ennis.
Limerick started their Littlewoods Ireland Camogie League Division One with a deserved six point victory over neighbours Clare.
The result means that Limerick advance to the knockout stages regardless of their result against Galway in Kilmallock next weekend. Clare exit after consecutive defeats.
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Caoimhe Costelloe top scored for Limerick with 2-6, as Pat Ryan’s side led 2-10 to 0-7 at the interval. Costelloe instinctively flicked to the net for her first green flag before dispatching a penalty high to the net for her second.
Limerick had five scorers while debutant Áine Cunningham impressed following her promotion from the junior side. They outscored Clare 2-6 to 0-4 between the 15th minute and half time.
Rebecca Delee was also on target, returning after 15 months to the Limerick side, owing to a cruciate knee injury sustained against Tipperary.
Limerick controlled the scoreboard and despite conceding a 49th minute goal to Eimear Kelly, they never looked like relinquishing their advantage.
Meanwhile the Limerick junior Camogie side drew with Carlow, 1-16 to 3-10, earlier on Saturday afternoon.
Clare: Chole Morey 0-8 (0-2 ’45’, 0-3 frees); Eimear Kelly 1-1; Orlaith Duggan, Laura McMahon 0-1 each.
Limerick: Caoimhe Costelloe 2-6 (1-0 pen, 0-2 frees); Caoimhe Lyons 0-3; Rebecca Delee, Deborah Murphy 0-2 each; Karen O’Leary 0-1.
Clare: Doireann Murphy, Ciara Grogan, Clare Hehir (C), Roisin Minogue; Alannah Ryan, Laura McMahon, Sinead Conlon; Zi Yan Spillane, Aoife Keane; Máire McGrath, Chloe Morey, Orlaith Duggan; Eimear Kelly, Áine O’Loughlin, Becky Foley.
Subs Used: Susan Daly for Conlon, Róisín Begley for O’Loughlin, Clodagh O’Halloran for Keane.
Limerick: Laura O’Neill (Na Piarsaigh); Marian Quaid (Bruff), Muireann Creamer (Cappamore), Mairéad Ryan (Clooney/Quin); Megan O’Mara (Monaleen), Judith Mulcahy (Ahane), Róisín Ambrose (Newcastle West); Karen O’Leary (Newcastle West), Aisling Scanlon (Killeedy); Caoimhe Lyons (Monaleen), Deborah Murphy (Newcastle West), Sophie O’Callaghan (Adare); Áine Cunningham (Killeedy) Rebecca Delee (Newcastle West), Caoimhe Costelloe (Adare).
Subs Used: Dearbhla Egan (Crecora) for Scanlon, Neamh Curtin (Ballybrown) for O’Mara, Lisa Leonard (Cappamore) for Cunningham.
Referee: Justin Heffernan (Wexford)