Sunday 18 August 2019

Dubs defeat Juveniles

Waite for it... Wexford's Becky Walsh and Jennifer O'Sullivan of Dublin are under the dropping ball
Waite for it... Wexford's Becky Walsh and Jennifer O'Sullivan of Dublin are under the dropping ball

Dean Goodison

Wexford fell to their second All-Ireland Under-16 'A' camogie championship loss in consecutive weeks, this time against Dublin in Ferns on Sunday.

Dublin 4-13 Wexford 2-5

The Slaneysiders came up well short against Offaly in their first clash and were comprehensively outplayed by a speedier, technically superior Metropolitan side on home turf this time around.

With games away to Limerick and home to Tipperary still to come, Wexford are almost certainly only playing for pride, with the chances of even a play-off for a semi-final spot extremely slim after the last two defeats.

The hosts' best spell came in the opening five minutes as they raced into a 0-3 to 0-1 lead. Becky Walsh picked up the first point, only for Aoife Whelan to reply immediately.

Yet, the Slaneysiders had begun with confidence and pointed again when Lettie Whelan fed Orla Crowe for a nice score. Wexford followed that point with another from Orla Molloy to give the visitors something to think about.

Back came Dublin with four Ciara Holland frees in a row but Wexford went into the lead for the final time when Walsh's free was blocked on the goal-line - as was Crowe's follow-up - only for Lettie Whelan to force the ball into the net from close range.

The Dubs, playing against the breeze in the opening half, grabbed their first goal when Jessica McClelland's shot found the net after she cut in from the left wing, and she scored again two minutes before half-time to ease her county 2-6 to 1-3 ahead.

A well-taken score from Jessie Harding ended the half on a positive note for the hosts (2-6 to 1-4), but by the time they hit the target again 17 minutes into the second period, the game was already over as a contest.

In that time Dublin added four points, as well as a third goal that Rachel Brennan scored, to make it 3-10 to 1-4. Aoife Curran's '45 stopped the rot momentarily but there was still time for Ciara Holland to find the rigging.

Wexford did get a consolation goal in injury time when Curran's low free squirmed out to Whelan and she pulled to the net for the second time, but it couldn't prevent a Dublin win by a deservedly comfortable margin.

Wexford: Rebecca Doran; Kaitlyn Whelan-Kinsella, Emma Leacy, Orla Sinnott; Siobhán Fanning, Dearbhla Doyle, Allanah Davis; Chloe Davis, Aoife Curran (0-1 '45); Lettie Whelan (2-0), Orla Molloy (capt., 0-1), Jessie Harding (0-1); Becky Walsh (0-1 '45), Orla Crowe (0-1), Aoife Dunne. Subs. - Muireann O'Connor for Fanning, inj. (24), Clodagh Jackman for Dunne (43), Aine Murphy for Davis (46), Laura Kelly for Molloy, inj. (58).

Dublin: Nicole Burnett; Molly O'Neill, Niamh Gleeson, Jennifer O'Sullivan; Isabelle Costelloe, Niamh Rock, Evelyn Toomey; Martha McNally, Kerrie Finnegan (0-1); Aoife Whelan (0-1), Amy Burke (capt., 0-3), Eimear O'Leary; Ciara Holland (1-6, 0-4 frees), Rachel Brennan (1-0), Jessica McClelland (2-0). Subs. - Carolyn McCarthy for Brennan (42), Karla Whelan (0-2) for A. Whelan (44), Ciara O'Riordan for Costelloe (48), Lauren Delaney for O'Neill (51), Danika Donnelly for McClelland (57).

Referee: Alan Lagrue (Kildare).

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