Friday 20 April 2018

Minors share the spoils with Clare

WEXFORD FACE a huge game against Kilkenny this weekend and will need a win if they are to keep their dreams of a place in the All-Ireland Minor camogie championship semi-final alive.

A draw against Clare in Clonlara left the Slaneysiders on the verge of elimination.

After a narrow loss in the opening round fixture against Galway, another defeat would have all-but eliminated Wexford from contention.

However, they were able to claim a vital away point to keep them in the hunt for another week.

In a dramatic finish the visitors edged ahead by a point in the 59th minute when substitute Claire O'Rourke registered, but Clare went for the net at the other end in the dying seconds.

However, the quick-thinking Wexford 'keeper Laura Brennan saved the shot and diminished the score to an equalising point as she poked the ball up over the bar.

Clare also got off to the better start, finding the back of the net in the fourth minute when Carol Browne ran through the Wexford defence and passed to Ria Flanagan who finished to the net.

Wexford got on the scoreboard a minute later with a pointed free from Chloe Foxe and she doubled her tally from a further placed ball six minutes later.

Foxe continued to be a thorn in the Clare side and goaled when she picked up a lovely ball from Katie O'Connor and planted it in the net to give Wexford a two-point lead.

Clare made their way back up the field and midfielder Fiona Murphy ran at goal. Wexford's Sarah O'Connor stood her ground as Murphy charged her way through but referee Richard McNicholas signalled a penalty to the hosts and Kate O'Gorman converted to the net.

Wexford worked hard and levelled through Chloe Foxe's pointed free in the 28th minute before Sorcha Foley added a point from play just before half-time to leave the Slaneysiders just ahead at the interval (1-4 to 2-0).

After some early pressure from the hosts, Gráinne Nolan's shot in the 35th was superbly saved by Laura Brennan but Kate O'Gorman picked up the clearance and returned it to the net.

Clare were awarded a free seconds later and Emma O'Connell stepped up to take it and popped it over the bar to put three points (3-1 to 1-4) between the sides.

Foxe pointed a '45 for Wexford to end a mini scoring drought but her effort was cancelled out at the other end when the impressive Kate O'Gorman clipped over a nice point from play.

Wexford almost drew level when Sorcha Foley passed to Claire O Rourke but her shot went just wide of the target.

Piling forward, Wexford went on the attack again and Victoria Burke got to a ball and struck it to the net in the 52nd minute to level the scores (2-5 to 3-2).

Points were exchanged again with Claire O'Rourke picking off a lovely score for Wexford and Clodagh O'Halloran cancelling it out at the other end before the dramatic finish left the sides deadlocked.

Wexford: Laura Brennan; Sarah O'Connor, Muireann Byrne, Farren Byrne; Niamh Walsh, Doireann Kavanagh, Amy Cardiff; Una Sinnott, Sarah Banville; Michelle Martin, Hazel O'Leary, Katie O'Connor; Chloe Foxe (1-4, 0-3 frees, 0-1 '45), Aoife Doyle, Sorcha Foley (0-1). Subs. - Claire O Rourke (0-2) for Doyle, Victoria Burke (1-0) for Banville, Laura Dempsey for O'Leary.

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