Leacy cameo inspires powerful Wexford finish
Reigning All-Ireland champions Wexford added the provincial title to their growing list of honours yesterday at a wind-swept St Judes in Dublin as their second-half tour de force earned a 2-16 to 0-9 victory over a spirited Offaly outfit.
The Faithful are back in the big time following last year's intermediate success and this game gave them the sternest possible test of their senior credentials. To be fair, in the opening half, playing with the wind, they more than held their own.
Captain Elaine Dermody was deadly accurate from frees and her three points helped Offaly to a two-point lead after 15 minutes, but with Ursula Jacob in equally good form from dead balls, Wexford soon closed the gap and went into the lead (0-8 to 0-5) by half-time thanks to Jacob, Kate Kelly and Lenny Holohan.
Holohan did not emerge in the second half after picking up a knock, but Una Leacy replaced her and grabbed 1-3 in her 30-minute cameo.
Her goal 10 minutes in saw Wexford step up a gear and Fiona Kavanagh also found the net to add gloss to the final score.
Earlier in the day, Munster overcame Leinster in the Junior Gael Linn Interprovincial final on a score of 1-15 to 2-11. Munster managed to claw back a six-point half-time deficit to claim victory in injury-time thanks to two Patricia Jackman '45s'.
Munster trailed 2-7 to 1-4 at the interval, but with Leinster forced to play deep into the wind in the second half, Munster came at them.
Although Jane Dolan did register the first score of the second half, the girls from the south were on top, with Niamh Rockett hitting three points before Jackman held her nerve to clinch victory by 1-15 to 2-11.