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Wexford Intermediates pull off a stunning upset in Meath



Wexford 3-8 Meath 1-12

WEXFORD PULLED off a stunning upset win to get points on the board in the Glen Dimplex All-Ireland Intermediate camogie championship in Páirc Tailteann, Navan on Saturday.

Alan Brennan’s side struggled in their championship opener against a fellow ‘B’ side from Cork one week earlier, but they stunned Meath’s first team here to ignite their charge at an unlikely quarter-final berth.

With games against Kildare, Kilkenny and Derry to come, anything is possible. And while it will be a tough ask to book a spot in the last six, if Wexford can get the result against Kildare they can give it a real crack.

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The trip to Kildare this weekend is of massive importance as a win will put an end to any lingering relegation worries. That adds a little extra pressure for Wexford, but they’ll know themselves that the quality is there within the squad to get more points on the board.

This was a particularly impressive result given that the Royal women ran the first team close in the National League and were comfortable winners against this side in the opening round of the Leinster championship.

Boss Brennan made a tactical change from that defeat, moving Clodagh Jackman out to pick up the influential Aoife Minogue, and it paid dividends with the Glynn-Barntown woman able to curb the Meath star’s influence.

There were only flashes of evidence of what would transpire here as Meath built up a 0-6 to 0-3 lead after the first 23 minutes. Chloe Cashe had all three Wexford points on the board as the hosts racked up the scores from play to build a tidy lead.

However, in two pucks of the ball the game was changed, as Cashe put two between the sides before St. Martin’s clubwoman Emma Codd found the net late in the half after a great Aoife Dunne run.

When all was said and done, the teams went in level at 0-8 to 1-5 at the interval.

The visitors upped the ante at the start of the second-half and after Cashe pointed, her effort slipped past Maggie Randle to the hosts’ net.

With the hard work and strong running off the ball continuing, Aideen Brennan increased the lead to five with a nice point.

Meath responded with an Áine McNerney goal but Wexford didn’t buckle. Instead they went back up the other end and hit back with another major, an excellent finish from Jessie Morrissey after being found by Sarah Doyle.

Cashe made it a game-high lead of five with her seventh point and while Meath chipped away in the last few minutes, Wexford were able to cling on to the victory and head back to the south-east in upbeat form.

Wexford are straight back into action this week with a trip to Kildare on Saturday evening. After a weekend off the Slaneysiders end the round-robin stages with back-to-back home games against Kilkenny and Derry.

Wexford: Lara O’Shea (Glynn-Barntown); Clodagh Jackman (Glynn-Barntown), Aisling Halligan (Glynn-Barntown), Miria O’Dowd (Oulart-The Ballagh); Ciara Donohoe (St. Ibar’s/Shelmalier), Róisín Cooney (Glynn-Barntown), Aoife Dunne (Oulart-The Ballagh); Chloe Cashe (Glynn-Barntown, 1-7, 0-6 frees), Aideen Brennan (Oulart-The Ballagh, 0-1); Emma Codd (St. Martin’s, 1-0), Karen Tomkins (Kilrush), Muireann Fitzpatrick (Castletown-Liam Mellows); Katie Gallagher (Oulart-The Ballagh), Jessie Morrissey (Glynn-Barntown, 1-0), Sarah Doyle (Craanford-Monaseed). Subs. - Katie Roche (Oulart-The Ballagh) for Fitzpatrick, Siobhén Sinnott (Oulart-The Ballagh) for Gallagher, Grace Roche (Glynn-Barntown) for Codd.

Meath: Maggie Randle; Sophie Payne, Maeve Clince, Sonia Leonard; Tracy King, Ellen Burke, Áine Keogh; Kristina Troy (0-3), Aoife Minogue (0-2, 1 free); Susan Kealy (0-1), Jane Dolan (0-4, 2 frees), Amy Gaffney; Olivia O’Halloran, Sinéad Hackett (0-2, 1 free, 1 ’45), Áine McNerney (1-0). Subs. - Emma Regan for O’Halloran, Aedín Slattery for Hackett, Aoife Maguire for McNerney, Claire Coffey for Gaffney,

Referee: Philip McDonald (Cavan).