Sunday 22 September 2019

Super Saturday of ladies finals to look forward to

Dean Goodison, Sports reporter

It's finals week for Wexford Ladies Football, with pretty much everything down for decision in the coming days.

The big day is Saturday, when the Junior A, Intermediate and Senior finals all take place in Taghmon. Things get underway with the Junior decider at 2 p.m. as Baile Dubh Tire face HWH-Bunclody.

The BDT girls come into the game on the back of a solid display in the Division 4 league final, where they eased past Clonard/Volunteers.

They are led by county linchpin and Kerry native Bernie Breen but have viable scoring threats around their attacking lines, including goal-getting forward Niamh McHugh.

Bunclody are a team transitioning into a force, they have a youthful nucleus of players who are improving all the time and will fancy their chances having disposed of a fancied Castletown side in the last four.

That clash is followed by the meeting of Clongeen and St Martin's in the Intermediate decider at 4 p.m. The Piercestown club also boast a strong, young team and were impressive in claiming the Division 2 league title earlier in the summer.

While Rachael Bridges is probably their most talented attacker, they have plenty of other scoring options and a miserly defense led by their captain Lauren Carty.

They will have to stop their camogie teammate Chloe Foxe, who is the most impressive component of a Clongeen side that lost the decider to Kilmore last year.

The New Ross district club probably have the experience edge, with a group of players that know what it's like to come out on the wrong end of a result and that determination will make them a difficult side to beat.

Then the big one pits St Anne's and reigning champions Shelmalier in the Senior final, with throw-in slated for 6 p.m.

Undoubtedly the Hollymount side come into this final as hot favorites, they took the league title back in June against Adamstown without Clara Donnelly, Shauna Murphy or Ailis Neville and dominated last season's title decider against Clonee.

They boast quality all over the field, have that vital mixture of youth and experience and probably have the two in-form players in the county right now in Kellie Kearney and Sarah Harding Kenny.

St Anne's surprised most when they beat Shelmalier in the 2017 county final.

They may not have the total combined talent of their opponents but they gel well as a team and have vital players in key positions like full-back Marica Cullen, workhorse Fiona Rochford and the Bennett sisters in attack.

The beauty of these three finals is that none of them are forgone conclusions, they are all there to be won and it promises to be a super Saturday of action.

While it's unfortunate at Wexford Ladies Football have again scheduled their showpiece finals for the busiest day of action in the men's champions all year, it's still hoped that a decent crowd will be in Taghmon to enjoy the day.

Enniscorthy Guardian