Thursday 19 April 2018

Cork avoid date clash as Wexford end Dublin run

Player of the match, Wexford's Kate Kelly
Player of the match, Wexford's Kate Kelly Newsdesk Newsdesk

The Liberty Insurance senior semi-final between Cork and Kilkenny has been pushed back 24 hours until Sunday, August 16 to facilitate Cork's dual players, with the ladies football team scheduled to play on that Saturday.

Wexford, meanwhile, are through to play Galway in the other semi-final, to be played on Saturday, August 15, after they defeated Dublin 0-13 to 1-7 in their quarter-final. Venues and times for both games are to be confirmed

Dublin had defeated Clare in a play-off on Saturday and turned out again yesterday to face Wexford at Netwatch Cullen Park. A blustery wind made conditions difficult for both sides in Carlow early on and Wexford coped better initially. Stacey Kehoe got them off the mark early on and then set up Katrina Parrock with a lovely flick for a another score. Úna Sinnott, who has just completed fifth year, profited from some good vision by player of the match Kate Kelly to open up a three-point gap.

Dublin had a goal disallowed for a square ball but Ali Maguire opened their account from a close-in free. Yet it was Wexford finding it easier to pick off scores as Kelly lofted three points on the way to a personal tally of eight to open up a 0-7 to 0-3 half-time lead.

Kelly extended the lead again but Dublin upped their intensity and it took two last-ditch interventions from Siona Nolan and Ciara Storey to deny them a goal.

Gradually, they began chipping away at the deficit, aided by two pointed frees by Aisling Maher. Showing tremendous character, they kept pushing hard and when Alan Lagrue awarded a 20-metre free four minutes from time, the long-serving Louise O'Hara sent a rocket to the net to leave a point between the sides (0-11 to 1-7).

Wexford showed all their experience though and while Dublin had one opportunity to equalise from a free, it was Colm McGee's crew that saw out the game with points from Kelly and Shelley Kehoe.

Irish Independent

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