Minors make poor start
Wexford made a poor start to their All-Ireland Minor camogie championship campaign as they slumped to a ten-point defeat at the hands of Limerick in Piercestown on Saturday.
Limerick 3-12 Wexford 2-5
The Treaty girls were the better side from the off and were in no way flattered by the large margin of victory. Wexford were missing influential players in Leanne Foley, Róisín Kelly and Aoife Dunne but their opponents were also short of several starters.
The Munster side were sharper and played with more cohesion. Their passing was crisper and their ability to get their head up and pick out a loose player was at a superior level to their hosts all game long.
It certainly helped that Limerick boasted the three best players on the field. The link-up play of Róisín O'Meara and the superb Caoimhe Lyons was excellent while Ellanna Mulcahy bossed the game from centre-back.
Limerick had three Liz Carmody frees on the board by the time Wexford responded with points from the lively Oonagh Doyle and dead-ball specialist Aoife Curran. To get out of the opening quarter just 0-3 to 0-2 down was a success considering the balance of play, but the close contest didn't last.
After Lyons pointed, the Limerick full-forward collected an O'Meara pass and smashed her finish to the roof of Liza Bates' net. Things got worse for Wexford when Rachel Considine pulled to the rigging in the 21st minute, but they immediately hit back when Emma Codd's searching ball was finished past Aoife Barry by Orla Molloy.
Oonagh Doyle followed with an excellent point but just as it looked like Wexford were about to get a foothold, Lyons won the ball back after being blocked initially by Rachel Kelly and manufactured enough room to find another telling finish.
Trailing by 3-5 to 1-3 at the interval, the home county fell a further two behind after a Carmody double. Curran pointed and Doyle flighted a speculative effort to the net from the left wing in the 39th minute to close within six, but Carmody scored five of the game's final six points to ease her side to victory.
Things don't get any easier for Wexford next week when they travel out west to face Galway. The Tribeswomen always have a good side at this level and the Slaneysiders will need to improve on this showing to keep realistic hopes of a semi-final spot alive.
Limerick: Aoife Barry; Saoirse Barry, Caoimhe O'Brien, Connie Sheehan; Siobhán Tangney, Ellanna Mulcahy (capt.), Marian Quaid; Gráinne Regan, Aine Reynolds; Chloe O'Brien, Laura Stack, Liz Carmody (0-10, 7 frees, 2 '45s); Rachel Considine (1-0), Caoimhe Lyons (2-1), Róisín O'Meara (0-1). Subs. - Dearbhla Egan for Chloe O'Brien (54).
Wexford: Liza Bates; Derbhla Doyle, Rachel Kelly, Róisín Cooney; Aine Ennis, Sarah O'Connor (capt.), Aoife McCrea; Una Sinnott, Clodagh Jackman; Aoife Guiney, Shauna Kelly, Aoife Curran (0-3 frees); Oonagh Doyle (1-2), Orla Molloy (1-0), Emma Codd. Subs. - Emma O'Dowd for Sinnott, temp. (27-31), Orla Crowe for McCrea (41), Emma O'Dowd for Sinnott (48), Emma Furlong for Ennis (60), Amy Conroy for Jackman (60), also Emma Kiely, Leanne Foley, Róisín Kelly, Aoife Dunne.
Referee: John Dolan (Clare).