Friday 19 January 2018

Wexford's early goals foil Adams

DESPITE a defiant showing from Antrim's Jane Adams, two goals in the first 10 minutes gave Wexford the breathing space they needed in a cracking decider.

Adams was an inspired figure for the Saffrons, contributing 13 points while also providing a huge amount in open play. Her heroics were in vain, though, as Wexford's superior scoring threat got them over the line.

They had a dream start when Ciara O'Connor handpassed beyond Mairead Graham on eight minutes. Less than 60 seconds later, Wexford had a second goal as Fiona Rochford capitalised on poor defending to send a first-time ground shot to the net.

Adams finally got Antrim off the mark with a 14th-minute free and with the rearguard tightening up considerably, they had the margin down to three (2-3 to 0-6) at half-time.

Wexford resumed in determined mood and stretched their lead as Linda Bolger, Siona Nolan and Tracey Nolan all shot a brace of points each. It might have been even more but Nolan's 39th-minute penalty was deflected over the bar.

With three points in it, Adams was involved in a last-gasp bid to foil Wexford, as she was hauled down just outside the square. Her resultant free was blocked and Wexford held on.

Scorers -- Wexford: C O'Connor 1-3 (1f); F Rochford 1-1; S Nolan (0-1 pen), L Codd, L Bolger, T Nolan 0-2 each. Antrim: J Adams 0-13 (8fs, 2 '45s); M Convery, C Hamill 0-1 each.

Wexford -- H Jacob; C Atkinson, B Holohan, F Doran; L O'Leary, A Codd, L Bolger; S Kehoe, S Nolan; L Codd, B Curran, S Redmond; C O'Connor, F Rochford, L Bolger. Subs: T Nolan for Curran (43); S Kehoe for L Codd (54).

Antrim -- M Graham; C Carey, A Martin, A McCall; B Orchin, E Connolly, A Jackson; C Doherty, R Torney; M Convery, N McGuinness, C Hamill; K McAleese, J Adams, L McAleese. Subs: M McGourty for L McAleese (23); O O'Hara for K McAleese (36); L McMullan for McCall (inj, 46)

Ref -- J Dolan (Clare)

Irish Independent

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