Fifth place for Under-14 girls

Viking Cup aids preparations

Published 02/04/2016 | 00:00

Wexford finished fifth in the Under-14 Viking Cup after producing some excellent performances and using the opportunity to give players their chance to be selected on the Gaynor Cup panel.

Goals from Laura Butler and Lauren McLoughlin saw them come from behind to beat Limerick 2-1 in their opening game, but they never reached the heights of that performance in their second game when they played South Tipperary and went down 2-0.

Probably their best performance of the tournament saw them involved in a battle with the high-flying Dublin-based Metropolitan Schoolgirls League before eventually going down 2-0, but it was a game where manager Barry Dempsey was pleased with the workrate of his players.

These three results put the Wexford girls into a play-off for fifth position with neighbours Waterford, and an accomplished, skilful performance saw them run out 2-0 winners with Eadaoin Kent and Orlaigh Kehoe scoring the all-important goals.

Overall the management team were happy with the performance and attitude of the players, and it has now given the manager the headache of selecting his final 20 to travel to Limerick for the Gaynor Cup in June.

First up for the Under-16 squad was a potentially tough encounter against neighbours Kilkenny, but Wexford were always in control and goals from Fiona Ryan (two), Britney Conroy and Sandra Murphy saw them run out 4-1 winners.

Next up was Waterford and what were described as some 'strange and controversial refereeing decisions' saw the game end 3-1 in favour of Waterford, but Wexford felt they were well in this game and a draw would not have been an unfair result. Amy Wilson scored the goal for Wexford.

Day two saw Wexford take on the M.G.L. (Dublin), a side which always performed well in these tournaments, but Wexford showed they were not overawed by their star-studded opponents and deservedly went in front through Britney Conroy.

However, further controversy saw the M.G.L. quickly get back on level terms and, with minutes to go, Wexford conceded again to heartbreakingly go down 2-1.

After that disappointment, it was difficult for the management team of Mick Bennett and Dave O'Shea to get the players back motivated, and a poor performance saw them slip to a 2-0 defeat to Limerick. They ended the day on a positive note with a well-deserved 1-0 win over North Tipperary, with Fiona Ryan scoring the goal.

Overall, the management team were happy with what they saw and now know what needs to be worked on for the Gaynor Cup. They would like to thank the players and parents/guardians for their help and commitment at this tournament and look forward to preparations for the Gaynor Cup.

Wexford People

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