Friday 24 November 2017

Ladies too strong for Louth in crucial clash

WEXFORD TRAVELLED to Dowdallshill in Dundalk on Sunday last and came away with a convincing 1-15 to 1-6 win over Louth in the TG4 All-Ireland Junior championship. This was the second time in a month that they defeated the Wee county after also accounting for them in the Leinster semi-final.

The recipe for this success was laid down in the first-half when Wexford, despite playing into the stiff breeze, managed to go in at the break leading by 1-7 to 1-6. In the second-half they kept a stranglehold on the game by adding another eight points while keeping the local girls scoreless.

Wexford started brightly and had the scoreboard ticking over within 40 seconds when Leona Tector registered her first point. Louth's Amy McNally responded with a minor before Katie Redmond from a free put Wexford back ahead.

In the fourth minute Louth managed to split the Wexford defence when Kate Flood put Ciara O'Connor through on goal and she gave Mary Rose Kelly no chance, and a few minutes later she added a point to put them a goal up (1-2 to 0-2).

Wexford then got within a point when Katie Redmond pointed two frees before Louth got two back courtesy of Kate Flood and Eibhlin Rice. Wexford were still taking the game to Louth and two points inside a minute left the minimum in it again, with Katie Redmond converting her fourth free and Liz Evered pointing after being set up by her twin sister, Ali.

Wexford then got a boost of a goal when Róisín Murphy went on a run towards the Louth goal and saw her thundering shot come back off the crossbar to Leona Tector, who turned and shot low to the net. Before the break Katie Redmond converted another free while Louth's Rebecca Carr and Kate Flood also converted two frees to leave the a point between the sides.

Wexford brought on Aisling Murphy at the break and now with the breeze at their backs they drove on and Leona Tector scored a fine point after good work from Kim Moloney and Kellie Kearney.

Two minutes later she pointed again after being set up by Tara Moloney. Clara Donnelly was next to score a point and this was quickly followed by three more courtesy of Aisling Murphy, Katie Redmond and Liz Evered to put Wexford seven points ahead (1-13 to 1-6) going into the final quarter.

Louth, who were making plenty of changes at this stage, then threw everything at the Wexford defence, but they held firm and on the one occasion they did get through Mary Rose Kelly came to the rescue with a fine save. Wexford finished the game with two Leona Tector points, one which was from a 30-metre free.

Wexford now travel to Tullamore to take on Offaly on Sunday next to see who will top the group, and they will be hoping to put up a better performance from the last time they met two weeks ago in the Leinster final.

Wexford: Mary Rose Kelly; Kim Moloney, Aoife Fitzpatrick, Marguerite Doyle; Sharon Kehoe, Catríona McCabe, Clara Donnelly (0-1); Róisín Murphy, Kellie Kearney (capt.); Tara Moloney, Katie Redmond (0-6), Ali Evered; Ellen O'Brien, Leona Tector (1-5), Liz Evered (0-2). Subs. - Aisling Murphy (0-1) for O'Brien, Rosie Lawlor for R. Murphy, Linda Casey for T. Moloney, Mary O'Neill for K. Moloney, Kate Caulfield for Redmond, also Aoife McAuliffe, Maeve Quill, Brídín Doyle, Aoife Tormey, Ciara Corrigan, Geraldine Doolan, Róisín Fitzgerald, Ciara Breen.

Louth: Una Pearson; Bronagh McGrane, Andrea Carney, Ann Marie Lynch; Aine McGee, Marie O'Connell, Michelle McMahon; Grace Lynch (capt.), Sandra Lynch; Rebecca Carr (0-1), Jenny McGuinness, Ciara O'Connor (1-1); Amy McNally (0-1), Kate Flood (0-2), Eibhlin Rice (0-1). Subs. - Danielle Sharkey for McNally, Patricia Marmion for Carney, Aoife Halligan for McGrane, Susan Byrne for Rice, Michaela O'Boyle for S. Lynch.

Referee: Paul Swift (Monaghan).

New Ross Standard

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