Double scores defeat
Wexford fell to defeat against Laois in their third outing in the Leinster ladies' football Under-14 championship in Clonee on Sunday.
Laois 2-12 Wexford 1-6
The Slaneysiders were heavily beaten by a talented Dublin team last time out but improved a lot in this encounter and were right in the game, trailing by just three points, heading into the final quarter.
However, the visitors were just that little bit stronger in the final 15 minutes as they stopped Wexford scoring and added a string of scores of their own.
Laois had two scores on the board inside 60 seconds but Wexford hit back when Kate Foley pointed after the lively Sophie Boxwell was fouled. The same formula made it 0-4 to 0-2 after eleven minutes but Jenny Murphy rounded out the first quarter in style for her side.
Strong play by Cora Rowe won Wexford a free in the 18th minute. Foley took it, found Michelle Kinsella, and the Horeswood clubwoman popped over Wexford's first point from play.
Yet, that would be their final score of the half as Laois added two further points and forced Aoife Dunne to make a very tidy save from Lisa Keane (0-7 to 0-3 at half-time).
Wexford got the worst possible start to the second-half as Jenny Murphy raced through to net, but they responded superbly. Boxwell narrowed the gap with a point before Kinsella darted onto Foley's pass and goaled with aplomb.
When Kinsella raised another white flag moments later, Wexford were within two and had the momentum. Slowly, Laois regained their composure as Orla Hennessy added a pair of points.
Foley notched Wexford's final score in the 43rd minute but minors from Orla Knowles, Rebecca Reddin and Hennessey drove Laois 1-12 to 1-6 clear. The hosts were let off the hook when Knowles drove a penalty wide four minutes from time, but she made no mistake from the spot two minutes later.
Wexford have two matches left in the Leinster championship and it doesn't get any easier. A trip to Meath is the first assignment on Sunday before the Slaneysiders finish with a visit to Kildare on April 10.
Wexford: Aoife Dunne; Shauna Nolan, Ciara Walsh (capt.), Loren Doyle; Lorna Fortune, Katie Kehoe, Aine Redmond; Susan Boyle, Juliet Rochford; Eimear Gabbett, Michelle Kinsella (1-2), Eadaoin Kent; Sophie Boxwell (0-1), Kathrynn Dempsey, Kate Foley (0-3, 2 frees). Subs. - Cora Rowe for Redmond, inj. (8), Molly Redican for Doyle, inj. (31), Kathlynn Gabbett for E. Gabbett (40), Leah Scallan for Kent (43), Shauna Hackett for Redican (50), Rachel Power for Foley (59), Muireann Fitzpatrick for Boyle (59), Amy Whelan for Dempsey (59), also Niamh McHugh, Alibeth Curran, Liadh Dwyer.
Laois: Jasmine Burke; Sarah Fleming, Siofra Havill, Aoibhe O'Brien; Leah Kelly, Ciara Byrne, Rebecca Reddin (0-1); Julia Cahill (capt.), Sarah Larkin (0-1); Orla Hennessy (0-3), Jenny Murphy (1-2), Aoibhinn Maher (0-1); Gráinne O'Reilly, Orla Knowles (1-3, 1-0 pen., 0-2 frees), Lisa Keane (0-1). Subs. - Ashling Fitzpatrick for Maher (38), Grace Salmon for Murphy (59), Mairéad Sinnott for Hennessy (59), Claidhna Molloy for Fleming (59), Emma McCann for O'Brien (60+1), Chole Shortell for Keane (60+1), Laura Devoy for Kelly (60+3).
Referee: John Bermingham (Wicklow).