Four-star Dillon propels Galway

Galway accounted for Tipperary by 4-9 to 1-10 in Banagher to seal an All Ireland final meeting with Cork in the minor A camogie championship.

Mairéad Dillon struck an incredible four goals and a point to push Galway in front of a tough Tipperary side.

The teams were level on 1-2 each after just eight minutes. Caoimhe Perdue opened the scoring with the first of her four points after just 50 seconds for Tipp, but Dillon buried a shot to the net for her first goal soon after. Casey Hennessy careered through the middle of the Galway defence to score a goal at the other end in the sixth minute though to put the Munster in front.

Tipp had trailed by just two points after Niamh Horan converted three placed balls for Galway, but Dillon struck her second goal for a 2-5 to 1-3 lead at the interval.

There were three points between the sides entering the final quarter as Tipperary spurned some good chances with the elements in their favour. And when Dillon completed her hat-trick with a stunning strike off the sod in the 47th minute, Galway were well in the driving seat.

Dillon was denied her fourth goal by a point-blank save from Aoife Butler, but the Tipp goalkeeper could do nothing to deny her five minutes from time, Dillon doing the needful after McGrath fetched Sarah Healy’s long delivery and laid it off.

Galway now meet Cork on April 28, who accounted for Clare 1-11 to 0-9.

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