Monday 19 February 2018

Under-16 girls shine in big win over the Dubs

THE WEXFORD youngsters shone brighter than the Saturday sun as they dispatched Dublin 'B' and claimed a second victory in the All-Ireland Under-16 'B' camogie championship at Piercestown.

Following hot on the heals of the ten-goal salvo against Down, the Leinster champions again looked too strong for this level of opposition as they swatted aside a mediocre Dublin resistance with a superb display of score-taking.

The hosts dominated all over the field with a strong team ethos the key to this victory. The creativity of midfield set so many scores in motion and few chances were missed by the forwards when they arose. However, it was the performance of centre-back Sarah O'Connor that really stole the show as her control and fundamentals left her dominant in a crucial area of the field.

The Wexford superiority was clear as early as the first minute when Una Sinnott laid off possession for Niamh Walsh to blast the opening goal. The impressive duo of Chloe Foxe and Joanne Dillon kept the scoreboard ticking over until the latter grabbed the game's second goal, firing to the net after Dublin 'keeper Jenny Ryan stopped Walsh's original shot (2-5 to 0-2).

With the Wexford defence, and calm and composed goal tender Laura Brennan, keeping the Metropolitans at bay, the hosts added two further scores before the interval, with Sorcha Foley and Leah Walsh both on target.

Dublin pointed first after the break but it would prove to be their last score as the Slaneysiders regained control. The lead stood at 2-11 to 0-3 when Wexford added their third major. This time it was Foxe doing the damage, showing great hands in hauling in Foley's long ball before turning and drilling to the visitors' net.

Wexford continued to flood forward, allowing both Craanford's Una Sinnott and influential substitute Hayley Murphy to get on the scoresheet. Indeed, it was Castletown-Liam Mellows forward Murphy who added the final goal in the last five minutes to ease her side to a 25-point victory.

Next up for Wexford is a trip to Tipperary before they host Antrim in the final group game. However, with the Premier ladies having already lost to Dublin, while the saffrons went down heavily to Down, it seems the Slaneysiders will not be tested before the semi-final next month.

Wexford: Laura Brennan; Tara O'Brien, Lauren Carty, Eilish Cullen; Doireann Kavanagh, Sarah O'Connor, Rachel Kelly; Una Sinnott (0-1), Ellen Roche; Sorcha Foley (0-1), Niamh Walsh (1-2), Laura Dempsey; Joanne Dillon (1-2), Chloe Foxe (1-5, 0-2 frees), Leah Walsh (0-3). Subs. - Lorna Cushe for Kelly, Chloe Cash for O'Brien, Hayley Murphy (1-2) for Dillon, Rosie Conran for Dempsey, Kayley O'Connell for Sinnott.

Dublin: Jenny Ryan; Clodagh Eilis, Niamh McCarthy, Emma Quinn; Laura Gibney, Niamh McCarney, Jessica Condron, Laura Gregg, Grace Walsh; Ailbhe Fusco, Orlaith Murphy, Aoife Wade (0-1); Aoife Burke, Gemma Berry, Michelle Hetherton (0-2 frees). Subs. - Rebecca Barrett for Eilis, Emer O'Riordan for Fusco, Katie Nyhan for McCarthy, Clodagh Kilbane for Quinn.

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