Wednesday 21 February 2018

Dalton on song as Cats set up Model clash

Una Leacy: found the net for Wexford.
Una Leacy: found the net for Wexford.

The National League Division One final will be an all-Leinster affair after Kilkenny and Wexford were both victorious in their semi-finals at Tullamore on Saturday afternoon.

The Cats pulled off an amazing comeback to get the better of Galway, having been 1-12 to 0-7 down when Galway full-forward Brenda Hanney flicked an Emma Kilkelly delivery to the net in the 47th minute.

Kilkenny began to reel in the lead and when captain Anne Dalton, who scored 1-6, goaled from a 20-metre free with four minutes left, it made it 1-12 to 1-10.

They then levelled before sub Collette Dormer completed the turnaround with a late goal to leave it 2-12 to 1-12 at the finish.

Goals proved to be the difference for Wexford, who had eight points to spare against All-Ireland champions Cork in the other semi-final.

Despite Cork starting brightly, once Una Leacy scored the first of two goals, winning a free from her sister Mary, the Model County never lost the lead. After a Lenny Holohan long-range shot then found the net, it was 2-1 to 0-6 at half-time.

Wexford upped the ante at the start of the second half, and in the 42nd minute Leacy struck for her second goal, almost a replica of the first, before sub Fiona Kavanagh all but wrapped things up two minutes later.

Though Cork sub Maria Walsh put some late respectability on the scoreboard for them, it was too little, too late for the champions.

In the Division Three final played at Donaghmore, Co Meath, yesterday afternoon, Laois overcame Meath on a scoreline of 2-10 to 2-5.

Irish Independent

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