Carlow coast in derby
A Carlow side exuding professionalism and organisation in far superior quantities than that of their opponents dispatched Wexford comfortably during their National Camogie League Division 2 encounter on Sunday.
Carlow 6-14 Wexford 0-4
The game, which was already well beyond the home side at half-time, ended in a landslide victory to the Dolmen county in a blustery Ferns.
Emma Brennan opened the scoring for the travelling side within the opening minute, with Eleanor Treacy adding a point moments later from a dead ball, not allowing the crossfield gale to hamper her accuracy.
The afternoon looked as if it may be a long one for the Yellowbellies by the ninth minute when Kerrie Daly's save fell at the feet of Michelle Nolan who confidently pulled past the Craanford-Monaseed goalminder and into the bottom corner.
The green flag was raised again seven minutes later. Poor Wexford defending allowed Ali Rushchitzko in on goal, and the full-forward made no mistake with her finish.
The Model county registered their first and only score of the half when Ellen Roche pointed from a free, but Carlow ended the period on a high with three more minors as Brennan, Kate and Michelle Nolan were on target to open up a 2-6 to 0-1 lead.
Kate Nolan re-started proceedings in a familiar fashion with a point inside the opening minute of the half, and from there Carlow kicked on. Five Carlow minors were answered by a pair of Model county scores courtesy of Amy Ryan and Roche before the floodgates opened up wide.
The travelling side ushered Kate Nolan into the full-forward line and she repaid the favour with four goals in eight minutes.
Nolan linked up, almost telepathically, with Myshall clubmate Michelle Nolan for her first and second and was found by Ruschitzko for the third.
Substitute 'keeper Rebecca Doran had denied Nolan well earlier in the half but could do little about this stunning hat-trick of majors.
The cascade of goals ended moments later, with Nolan bursting through and slotting calmly into the net to raise her fourth and final green flag.
Both sides added late points, Wexford through Aideen Brennan while Carlow kept the right side of their scoreboard ticking courtesy of two Teresa Meaney efforts.
Wexford will have to wait until May to play their next game which will be away to Dublin in the Leinster Intermediate championship.
Wexford: Kerrie Daly; Nancy Dunphy, Shauna Redmond, Farren Byrne; Niamh Walsh, Katie O'Connor, Michelle Harding; Anna Whitty, Michelle Martin; Patrice O'Gorman, Deirdre McMahon, Ellen Roche (0-2, 1 free); Sarah Eustace, Aideen Brennan (capt., 0-1), Amy Ryan (0-1). Subs. - Rebecca Doran for Daly (19), Rachel Collier for O'Gorman (39), Kerri O'Brien for Brennan (54), also Amy Eustace, Ciara Mythen, Michelle Kehoe, Aisling Higgins, Aine Barron.
Carlow: Niamh Doyle; Niamh Quirke, Gráinne Nolan, Aine Ryan; Niamh Canavan, Emma Brennan (0-2), Breege Nolan; Tara Wilson, Ciara Mullins; Michelle Nolan (1-1), Marian Doyle (joint capt.), Kate Nolan (4-4); Eleanor Treacy (0-4, 3 frees), Ali Ruschitzko (joint capt., 1-1), Teresa Meaney (0-2). Sub. - Antoinette Dowling for Brennan, inj. (21).
Referee: John Horgan (Cork).