Monday 26 August 2019

Wexford grind out win over Royals to maintain senior level status

Wexford 4-13 Meath 4-9

It had been year to forget for Wexford, in danger of the drop just seven years after celebrating the three-in-a-row and had already been relegated to Division 2 of the National League in March. Stock photo
It had been year to forget for Wexford, in danger of the drop just seven years after celebrating the three-in-a-row and had already been relegated to Division 2 of the National League in March. Stock photo

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It was despair for Meath but joy for Wexford, as the Model County secured their first win of the season to maintain their senior status in the Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Camogie Championship, winning the relegation play-off at Conneff Park, Clane.

It had been year to forget for Wexford, in danger of the drop just seven years after celebrating the three-in-a-row and already suffering relegation to Division 2 of the National League in March.

Meath showed a much-improved competitiveness in their second season at senior level after claiming intermediate honours in 2017 but were unable to register a victory.

Ray Galvin's troops got a dream start when Aoife Minogue goaled inside a minute. Joanne Dillon raced away from midfield to drill a major at the other end but it was 2-1 to 1-1 to Meath after eight minutes when Lisa Foley breached the Wexford defences once more.

Wexford were doing much of the attacking, though, and Chloe Foxe's free deflected off a Meath hurley to the net to bring the teams level at the end of the opening quarter.

A Mags Byrne point put Barry Kennedy's side ahead and they never ceded the advantage again, going in 2-7 to 2-4 ahead at half-time.

It was nip and tuck after the restart and when the outstanding Minogue grabbed a second goal, both sets of supporters were on tenterhooks, given the enormity of the situation.

The Wexford response was impressive, with Foxe raising a green flag from a penalty after a foul on Aoife Guiney (she ended with 2-6 from placed balls) and the magnificent Dillon following up for her second.

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Points from Amy Cardiff and Linda Bolger brought the margin to 10 points and Wexford were home and hosed, with Meath destined for the intermediate grade in 2020.

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