Sport Hurling

Wednesday 22 November 2017

Kelly delivers to keep Wexford's four-in-a-row dream on track


Wexford's chances of landing four All-Ireland titles in a row remain on track after they came through a winner-takes-all game against Clare in Group 2 of the championship.

For the Banner, their season is at an end. The teams were tied at 0-4 each after 26 minutes but points late in the half from Brid Gordon and Kate Kelly put Wexford ahead at the break.

Although Wexford stretched their lead to three early in the second half, Clare managed to get within a point by the midway stage of the half. Wexford, though, dug deep and showed their championship credentials to pull six clear.

Player of the match Kate Kelly added the gloss with a goal three minutes from time. Chloe Morey grabbed a late consolation goal for Clare from a 20-metre free, but Wexford progressed to face Offaly in the quarter-final with a 1-16 to 1-08 win.

Elsewhere in Group 2, Galway clinched second place with a comfortable 3-15 to 0-12 win over Derry as Brenda Hannay finished the game with two goals.

Galway will now meet Tipperary in the quarter-finals after the Premier County had a 2-16 to 2-6 win over Dublin in Group 1.

The first half was a tight affair, with the teams level on four occasions, but the game turned on its head in the 35th minute when Dublin's Eva Marie Elliot picked up a second yellow card. Five minutes later, Amy Kennedy netted a crucial goal.

Aine Fanning pulled back a goal for Dublin 10 minutes from the end but with Nicole Walsh chipping in with eight points for Tipp there was no way back. Kennedy was dismissed in injury time for Tipperary but there wasn't enough time for Dublin to mount a comeback.

Top-of-the-group Cork were also winners in Group 2 as they powered away in the final 10 minutes to beat second-placed Offaly 0-19 to 0-12. That ensured they topped the group and joined Kilkenny in the semi-final.

Jennifer O'Leary 0-7 (3fs), Katriona Mackey 0-4, and Finola Neville 0-3 top-scored for Cork, while Siobhan Dermody contributed four points for Offaly.

Irish Independent

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