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Wexford girls see off Limerick to book place in All-Ireland camogie championship semi-final

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The successful Wexford Under-16 camogie squad.

The successful Wexford Under-16 camogie squad.

The successful Wexford Under-16 camogie squad.

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Wexford 2-10 Limerick 1-7

WEXFORD BOOKED their spot in the All-Ireland Under-16 camogie championship semi-finals with a strong success against Limerick in Killurin on Sunday.

Colm Hearne’s side needed victory to secure top spot in the group and with it enter the draw for the two automatic semi-final posts. Lady luck was smiling on Wexford again, with the Slaneysiders and Tipperary pulled out to advance to the last four.

They needed to get the job done here and, in truth, it never looked in doubt. Despite the first-half being a tough battle in the middle third, it appeared that Wexford held the aces but were a little guilty of overplaying in the forwards.

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They never trailed but took the lead three times, twice from Róisín Egan ‘45s and a third time when Karen Hayden made it 0-3 to 0-2. Róisín O’Brien got two of the first three scores for the visitors and would add a fourth, but not before Wexford netted.

The goal came from good work by Erin McDonald, feeding Orla O’Rouke who in turn delivered long for Kayla Reddy to coolly dispatch to the Limerick net.

With a 1-3 to 0-4 lead at the interval, Wexford turned to their bench after the break to make a big impact.

The hosts dominated the second-half, with Ciara Kavanagh at wing-forward and Orla O’Rourke in the middle of the park. Layla Stafford moved up from sweeping to a scoring role in the half-forward line and she delivered.

Kavanagh, Stafford (two), Egan and Reddy all added points for Wexford before Stafford’s long-range shot dipped into the net to give the victors breathing space.

With Anna Hughes dominant at number 6 and Leagh Maddock solid at full-back, their side were never going to let it slip at that stage.

Limerick’s Róisín O’Brien did net very late in the game to bring her total to 1-6, but Wexford also had Erin McDonald and Abbie Doyle contributing points to give their side a comfortable enough six-point win.

The semi-final will be played on the weekend of July 24, with Cork facing Limerick and Galway meeting Waterford in the quarter-final clashes this weekend.

Wexford: Jane Duggan (Glynn-Barntown); Gráinne Hourihane (Oylegate-Glenbrien), Leagh Maddock (St. Martin’s), Emma O’Leary (Glynn-Barntown); Kate Flood (Cloughbawn, capt.), Anna Hughes (Ballynastragh Gaels), Kasey O’Connor (Buffers Alley); Eimear Kehoe (St. James’), Róisín Egan (Buffers Alley, 0-3 ‘45s); Orla O’Rourke (Kilrush), Erin McDonald (Cloughbawn, 0-1), Jane Murphy (Glynn-Barntown); Karen Hayden (Oylegate-Glenbrien, 0-1), Kayla Reddy (Rathnure, 1-1), Layla Stafford (Glynn-Barntown, 1-2). Subs. - Ciara Kavanagh (Buffers Alley, 0-1) for Kehoe, Chloe Whelan (St. Ibar’s/Shelmalier) for Murphy, Sally Kehoe (Horeswood) for Hourihane, Abbie Doyle (Davidstown-Courtnacuddy, 0-1) for McDonald, Shauna Mac Sweeney (Kilrush) for Hayden.


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