Seniors slump in Offaly
Wexford's struggles continued as they bowed out of the Leinster Senior camogie championship at the preliminary round stage in a wet and windy Birr on Sunday.
Offaly 1-14 Wexford 0-10
An iffy league campaign ended with a heavy defeat at the hands of Galway in the final round robin game, but Colm McGee's side did beat Offaly in their first outing back in March. However, the Faithful girls turned the tables in the provincial championship to leave the Slaneysiders searching for answers.
Wexford gave a debut in goal to St. Ibar's/Shelmalier clubwoman Niamh Potter while Louise Hammel picked up a rare start in the half-forward line.
Other than those two, an experienced bunch took to the field but failed to pick up the desired result.
Ursula Jacob got Wexford on the scoreboard early but the hosts responded with points from Siobhán Flannery and Tina Hannon. Una Leacy hit back for the visitors with her side's only point from play of the half.
With Flannery on fire from frees - she grabbed six first-half points - Offaly continued to build a lead as the period went on. Jacob did notch a pair of dead balls for her side but the midlanders led by 1-10 to 0-4 at the change-around.
Katrina Parrock began to influence the game after the re-start and she helped Wexford to pull within six points as the end of the third quarter approached.
However, Flannery settled the growing nerves within the Offaly camp with an important 44th-minute free.
Jacob and Leacy added scores for Wexford but despite having a lot of possession, and several decent chances to get the goal they really needed, the superb defensive teamwork of Offaly paid dividends and the Slaneysiders simply couldn't find a way past Eleanor Clendennen.
With Wexford hopes fading, Offaly tacked on further later points from Hannon and Flannery to book their place in the semi-final opposite Dublin on Sunday.
With just two wins and three losses under their belts so far this season, Wexford must now look to build towards the start of the championship.
Another trip to Offaly starts the group stages on June 26 before home contests against Limerick and Galway precede a journey to Cork.
Wexford: Niamh Potter; Karen Atkinson, Síona Nolan, Ciara Storey; Shauna Sinnott, Mary Leacy, Bridget Curran; Aine Lacey, Shelley Kehoe (capt.); Bríd Gordon, Katrina Parrock (0-3), Louise Hammel; Ursula Jacob (0-4 frees), Una Leacy (0-3), Kate Kelly. Subs. - Stacey Kehoe for Hammel, Una Sinnott for Lacey.
Offaly: Eleanor Clendennen; Fiona Stephens, Jean Brady, Linda Sullivan; Aisling Brennan, Michaela Morkan, Marian Crean; Róisín Egan, Arlene Watkins; Cailín Fitzgerald, Aoife Kelly, Siobhán Flannery (capt., 0-9, 8 frees); Niamh Larkin (0-1), Rachel Brennan (0-1), Tina Hannon (1-3).
Referee: Alan Lagrue (Kildare).