Hosts Salerno hold a narrow edge after day one of the Kate Russell All-Ireland Schoolgirls Championships in Dangan, leading the group on goal difference after a tightly fought series of fixtures.
The Salthill side got off to a dream start when Sinead Burke scored just a couple of minutes into the tournament against Kilkenny College but the sides ultimately shared a 1-1 draw with Julie Greene equalising.
Salerno later backed that up with a 2-0 win against reigning champions Crescent College Comprehensive thanks to goals from Ciara Dunne and Ailbhe Folan.
It puts them on four points, the same tally as both Methodist College Belfast and newcomers Holy Child Killiney who drew 0-0 in their opening game. Both followed up with 1-0 wins, Methody defeating Crescent 1-0 courtesy of a Sasha Tindall goal while Killiney got their first win against Kilkenny on the same scoreline.
Day two opens up in Galway with Crescent against Kilkenny before a potentialy defining game between Salerno and Holy Child at 11am.
Kate Russell All-Ireland Schoolgirls Championships (all at Dangan, Galway)
Thursday results: Salerno 1 (S Burke) Kilkenny College 1 (J Greene); Methodist College Belfast 0 Holy Child Killiney 0; Crescent Comp 0 Salerno 2 (C Dunne, A Folan); Kilkenny College 0 Holy Child Killiney 1 (L Schwer); Crescent Comp 0 Methodist College 1 (S Tindall)
Friday fixtures: Crescent Comp v Kilkenny College, 9.30am; Salerno v Holy Child Killiney, 11am; Kilkenny College v Methodist College, 12.30pm; Holy Child Killiney v Crescent Comp, 2pm; Methodist College v Salerno, 3.30pm
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