Limerick slumped to a nine point defeat in Bruff this afternoon
TEN points from Niamh Mulcahy wasn't enough as Limerick suffered their second defeat in the Liberty Insurance Camogie Championship, losing 3-14 to 1-11 against a strong Galway side.
Galway took an eight point lead into the half time break after two goals had Limerick on the back foot.
Limerick were slow out of the blocks and when Niamh Kilkenny smashed the ball into the roof of the net, the winners were 1-3 to no score up after 12 minutes.
Mulcahy hit over a number of frees and Rebecca Delee scored a fine effort as Declan Nash’s side were beginning to show some form.
However, right on the stroke of half time, Niamh Hannify, after good work from Aoife Donohue, slotted home a second goal as the Cathal Murray managed side took a 2-7 to 0-5 lead into the break.
Limerick struggled in the second half with Mulcahy getting all but one of the scores.
Galway hit a third goal in injury time as Niamh Hannify bundled the ball into the net before a consolation goal from Dearbhla Egan three minutes into injury time reduced Limerick’s margin of defeat to nine points
Limerick visit Waterford on July 14 knowing a win – and other results going their way – are needed for the girls in green to progress to the All-Ireland quarter-final.
Limerick scorers: Niamh Mulcahy 0-10 (8f, 1 ’45), Dearbhla Egan 1-0, Rebecca Delee 0-1
GALWAY: Sarah Healy; Shauna Healy, Sarah Dervan, Tara Kenny; Roisin Black, Heather Cooney, Lorraine Ryan; Anne Marie Starr, Niamh Kilkenny; Aoife Donohue, Catriona Cormican, Rebecca Hennelly; Carrie Dolan, Niamh Hanniffy, Ailish O’Reilly.
LIMERICK: Laura O’Neill; Megan O’Meara, Muireann Creamer, Judith Mulcahy; Mairead Ryan, Sarah Carey, Caoimhe Costelloe; Karen O’Leary, Niamh Mulcahy; Deborah Murphy, Caoimhe Lyons, Aisling Scanlan; Neamh Curtin, Rebecca Delee, Dearbhla Egan.
REFEREE: Owen Elliot (Antrim).