Wexford lose out to Galway in camogie clash
Galway remained the more composed side building a final quarter surge into the strong breeze as they fashioned a deserved eight point victory over a disappointing Wexford in this Liberty Insurance Group 1 senior championship camogie clash at rain lashed Innovate Wexford Park on Saturday afternoon last.
Galway 1-11 Wexford 0-6
Both sides were on four points going into this game, but the victory gives Galway the advantage over both Wexford and Cork going into the final round of group games, with the model county now looking likely to having to play their way through the quarter-finals to keep their title hopes alive.
Wexford may have put in a brave bid through the third quarter for scores, but their tactical inexperience on the sideline came back to haunt them, as the eventual winners managed to close shop in front of goal. This was contributed largely to by Wexford's tactical move to continue with a two player full-forward line, Kate Kelly and Katrina Parrock, despite being five points adrift and playing with the strong wind and rain in their backs. As a result Galway's full-back Sarah Dervan proved unmovable in front of goal, as she dominated the front of goal, clearing ball after ball, as the Wexford inside duo struggled for lack of support against the three pronged Galway full-back line which never looked like conceding a goal, as keeper Susan Earner had not one direct shot on goal to deal with.
Wexford: Laura Brennan; Ciara Storey, Siona Nolan, Deirdre Codd; Louise O'Leary, Mary Leacy, Bridget Curran; Ciara Donohoe, Brid Gordon; Shelley Kehoe (0-1), Aine Leacy, Stacey Kehoe (0-1); Linda Bolger, Kate Kelly (0-3, 0-2 frees), Katrina Parrock (0-1). Subs: Una Sinnott for Leacy (44); Jackie Quigley for Bolger (44); Stacey Redmond for Donohoe (53).
Galway: Susan Earner; Therese Manton, Sarah Dervan, Heather Cooney; Siobhan Coen, Shauna Healy, Lorraine Ryan; Niamh Kilkenny, Emma Kilkelly; Aoife Donohoe (0-1), Niamh McGrath (0-5 frees), Aoife Callanan (0-1); Maria Cooney, Molly Dunne (1-0), Ailish O'Reilly (0-2). Subs: Fionla Keely (0-2) for Cooney (half-time); Clodagh McGrath for Callanan (51); Sinead Cahalan for Kilkelly (55); Jessica Gill for Dunne (57).
Referee: Cathal Egan