Solid start for Galway camogie's championship bid

Aoife Donohue turned the tide with two goals.

Aoife Donohue turned the tide with two goals.

Galway proved convincing winners over Dublin in their opening Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship fixture in Parnell's GAA on Saturday.

A 3-18 to 1-12 scoreline was a good start for Mark Dunne's Galway women who had not been in competitive action for 10 weeks since losing the league semi-final to Kilkenny.

Dunne was satisfied with this opening performance, particularly after a slow start.

“It’s 10 weeks since we played a game in the league semi-final and you never actually know how that’s going to affect you mentally until you get out on the pitch," he said. "I thought once we settled in and chipped a few scores away, the team started to do what we’ve been training to do. The good side of that is that we took a knock and we came back.”

Although Faye McCarthy was Dublin’s leading scorer with a goal and four points, helping Dublin into a six-point lead, Aoife Donohue responded for Galway with two goals before half-time.

“They [the goals] were crucial, and we always looked like we had a bit of a threat when we got it up there," said Dunne. " We were just struggling to get it up there I suppose. It was a bit stop-start at times, but it was a perfect time to get them.”

Ailish O’Reilly was on target with a tally of 11 points, while Galway's defence curtailed Dublin to three second-half white flags. Rebecca Hennelly goaled from a late penalty to extend the winning margin.

“It’s great," said Dunne. "I suppose we were that eager waiting for it, we were over-eager so it’ll be good. You’d expect that should settle us going on from here, but it’s only one win. It’s a competitive championship, it’s a competitive group, so there’s a few things we’ve to learn from today, but if you can’t enjoy the wins, there’s no point.”

Next up for Galway is a home fixture against Waterford on Saturday July 1., while club action resumes this weekend.

Thursday June 22: Eyrecourt v Oranmore/Maree 8pm in Bullaun; Sarsfields v Killimor 8pm in Tynagh. Friday June 23: Davitts v Cappataggle 7.30pm at Duggan Park, Ballinasloe. Saturday June 24: Mullagh v Ardrahan 5pm at Loughrea GAA Grounds. Sunday June 25: Pearses v Castlegar 12 noon at Duggan Park; St Thomas v Kinvara 6.30pm at St Thomas GAA Ground.

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