Under-16 girls secure crown

Louth 1-12 Wexford 0-7

Published 26/05/2015 | 00:00

Emma Cousins making her acceptance speech
Emma Cousins making her acceptance speech
The triumphant Wexford Under-16 squad

Wexford Under-16 ladies' football team collected the Leinster 'C' championship title after they had eight points to spare over Louth in Geraldine Park, Athy on Sunday in glorious sunshine.

This team is made up of the bones of the side which won the All-Ireland Under-14 title two years ago and with provincial honours now in their grasp again, the Paudge Brennan-managed group will certainly have their sights set on winning another national crown.

The sides swapped early points inside the opening seven minutes as Cathy O'Connor and Lauren Boyle scored. Wexford hit the next three points with Emily Coakley registering two and Cathy O'Connor also on target for a 0-4 to 0-1 lead.

Lauren Boyle, who was easily Louth's best player, hit another point before the Model county again hit three points without reply. Team captain Emma Cousins grabbed the first before Emily Coakley pointed a free and Cathy O'Connor hit her third point of the opening half.

Lauren Boyle got the final point before the break as Louth went to the changeover trailing Wexford by 0-7 to 0-3.

Wexford were simply awesome for the opening 20 minutes of the second-half as they put the game to bed with a terrific attacking style backed by a rock-solid defence which snuffed out several chances for Louth.

Cathy O'Connor got the opening point of the second-half before player of the match Emily Coakley hit another two fantastic points to push Wexford 0-10 to 0-3 in front.

Emma Cousins showed her leadership again with a nice point before Wexford went nine in front with another point from Cathy O'Connor.

The game was put to bed midway through the second-half as Emily Coakley wrapped up her impressive scoring with a cracking goal as Wexford moved 1-12 to 0-3 in front.

To be fair to Louth, they rallied the troops before the end and hit the final four points as Lauren Boyle got three and Emma McArdle added the last score.

Wexford captain Emma Cousins received the cup from Michael O'Neill at the end to joyous celebrations, and they will certainly look forward to the upcoming All-Ireland semi-final.

Wexford: Sophie Lenehan (Clonee); Annastastia Breen (Gusserane), Sadbh McCarthy (Shelmalier), Niamh Dunne (St. Martin's); Cathy O'Brien (Adamstown), Sarah Harding-Kenny (Shelmalier), Gillian Barry (Fethard St. Mogue's); Emma Cousins (Kilmore, 0-2), Dearbhla Doyle (Crossabeg-Ballymurn); Emma Codd (St. Martin's), Emily Coakley (St. Fintan's, 1-5), Kate Hendrick (HWH-Bunclody); Rachel Bennett (St. Anne's), Cathy O'Connor (Kilmore, 0-5), Siobhán Doolan (Shelmalier). Subs. - Gráinne McCabe (Starlights), Niamh Buckley (Volunteers), Ciara O'Connor (St. Martin's), Clara Rochford (St. Anne's), Megan Scallan (Shelamlier), Aideen Byrne (Starlights), Ann Marie Bennett (St. Anne's), Becky Hamilton (St. Martin's), Julia Dempsey (Volunteers), Teaghan Furlong (Clonee), Aisling Byrne (Blackwater), Eve Hession (Volunteers), Aoife Cloke-Rochford (Ballyhogue), Niamh Berry (Kilmore).

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