Under-14 girls contest plate final in Limerick
THE WEXFORD Schoolgirls Under-14 squad travelled to University of Limerick recently and after a very competitive tournament, the girls did the league proud by reaching the Plate final for the second year in a row.
Managed by Barry Dempsey, they got off to an ideal start when proving too strong for Roscommon-East Galway in their opening group game, running out comfortable 4-0 winners thanks to goals from Siobhán Doolan, Rachel Scannell, Deirdre Byrne and Amy Wilson.
The second game against Donegal did not start as well and Wexford were 2-0 down at half-time despite playing well and creating several chances, but they showed their strong character in the second-half and goals from Rachel Scannell and Amy Wilson saw them earn a valuable point.
A win in their third and final group game against Limerick County would have seen Wexford qualify for the Cup semi-final, and they got the ideal start when Natasha Byrne-Rossiter scored a cracking goal after five minutes. A second-half goal from Limerick saw the sides level in what was the match of the tournament and Wexford were unlucky not to snatch all three points when a shot from Byrne-Rossiter rebounded off the woodwork
This result saw Wexford finish second in the group and a semi-final meeting with Midlands Schoolgirls league in the Gaynor Plate beckoned. Another goal from Natasha Byrne-Rossiter saw the girls in pink qualify for the final which they had won in a dramatic penalty shoot-out last season.
This season's final was against a very impressive North East Counties who had looked very impressive in their group and were unlucky not to have been competing for the Gaynor Cup itself.
In a very tight, competitive encounter, the width of the post decided the winner. Wexford hit the post in the first-half but the ball went wide while N.E.C. hit the post with two minutes remaining but the ball bounced in for the only goal of the game.
This result effectively saw Wexford finish sixth of the 16 teams competing and with a small bit of luck, the team could have finished a lot higher.
The fact that Wexford are now competing so well is great credit to the coaches in the league training centre. As well as manager Barry Dempsey, coaches Eugene Byrne, Mick Devereux and Dave O'Shea played a big part in the team's success, while minders Aine Murphy, Elaine Casey, Laura Heffernan and Rianna Jarrett also played their part.
Wexford squad: Sophie Lenehan (Ballindaggin), Sadbh McCarthy (Curracloe), Chloe Mythen (Bridge Rovers), Leah Furlong (Moyne Rangers), Gráinne Ryan (New Ross Town), Aoife Codd (Bree), Niamh Kehoe (Cloughbawn), Sarah Harding-Kenny (Curracloe), Aoife Devereux (Ballindaggin), Jess Harding (Curracloe), Natasha Byrne-Rossiter (North End United), Rachel Scannell (Forth Celtic), Muireann Kehoe (St. Leonards), Deirdre Byrne (Bridge Rovers), Kate Hendrick (Bunclody), Amy Wilson (Gorey Celtic), Elaine O'Sullivan-Connell (Curracloe), Britney Conroy (Bunclody), Cailin Fitzpatrick (Killenagh), Siobhán Doolan (Curracloe).
The Wexford Women's League are holding a monster five-a-side on Sunday, August 25, in Bunclody and entries are now being taken. The tournament is limited to 32 teams and is already filling up fast,so if your team is interested, it would be advisable to express your interest as soon as possible.
The entry fee is €100 for a squad of ten and the tournament will be divided into four sections so there will be a level for everyone.
If anyone is interested, please contact Peter Doyle on 087-2697074 for further details.
New Ross Standard