Fruitful trip to Mallow for unbeaten Under-15 development squad
The Wexford county Under-15 camogie development squad had a fruitful trip to Mallow recently, going unbeaten in their four games against strong Munster opposition.
Wexford 3-1, Tipperary 1-4: Tipperary came out strong in the opening few minutes to make their mark and it took Wexford a while to settle into the game.
Tipp got the opening score but Wexford levelled through a Lisa Kelly free. Tipperary had a good passage of play up the field and caught Wexford on the hop with a soft goal, but this just drove Wexford on and they levelled through a goal from Anna Kavanagh.
The girls pushed on from here with great defending from Olive McGarry, Ella Foley and Muireann Fitzpatrick, who was catching high balls like Lee Chin in the half-back line.
Tipperary got three more points before Wexford went on the attack. Maeve Sinnott got a goal and Lisa Kelly added another to get the win.
Wexford 4-4, Limerick 0-1: This was a tough physical game and the scoreline doesn't do the Limerick girls justice as they attacked every chance they got. However, sterling performances from Aine Murphy and Niamh Cogley in midfield and Yvonne Kelly on the wing saw Limerick dispossessed, and long balls driven into Molly Crowdle and Sarah O'Donoghue resulted in them scoring 1-2.
Anna Kavanagh at full-forward added another two goals to her tally, while Deirbhile Ní Cheallaigh also scored a goal. With Wexford now on top, Lisa Kelly added two points to get a convincing win.
Wexford 2-5, Cork 0-6: The Wexford girls had a quick turnaround straight after the Limerick game to face Cork, another tall, physical team.
It started off point for point with Lisa Kelly and Niamh Cullen scoring for Wexford and Cork adding two to the board. Anna Kavanagh got the opening goal and from there on Wexford didn't look back with Lisa Kelly adding two to her tally while Niamh Cullen popped another over the bar.
Deirbhile Ní Cheallaigh scored another classic point before Anna Kavanagh raised the green flag again. Ava O'Connor, Laura O'Sullivan and Aine Doyle did very well in the full-back line and Tanya Kennedy made some fantastic saves behind them.
Wexford 1-2 , Kerry 0-5: Again another quick turnaround ensued and Kerry provided the next opposition. Kerry got off to the better start with two points in quick succession, leaving Wexford playing catch-up.
Ella Lyng cleared a ball from the goalmouth to drive down to Lisa Kelly, who notched Wexford's first score.
Kerry continued to attack and pushed forward to add two more points before Wexford settled down with Ria Murphy and Erin Peoples battling hard in the forwards. Lisa Kelly pointed to bring Wexford to within two before they were awarded a penalty.
Molly Crowdle stepped up to take it and drove it to the back of the net. Kerry pushed on to level the game with another point.
It was another great performance from Wexford with Orlaith Gaffney and Elizabeth Gahan giving it their all.
Wexford: Tanya Kennedy (Buffers Alley), Aine Murphy (Rapparees), Aine Doyle (Craanford), Ella Lyng (Rathnure), Niamh Cullen (St. Martin's), Ella Foley (Rathgarogue-Cushinstown), Ria Murphy (Rapparees), Ava O'Connor (Davidstown-Courtnacuddy), Orlaith Gaffney (Rathgarogue-Cushinstown), Niamh Cogley (Glynn-Barntown), Erin Peoples (Rapparees), Anna Kavanagh (Rapparees), Elizabeth Gahan (Ferns St. Aidan's), Lisa Kelly (Bunclody), Yvonne Kelly (Bunclody), Olive McGarry (Castletown-Liam Mellows), Deirbhile Ní Cheallaigh (Bunclody), Muireann Fitzpatrick (Castletown-Liam Mellows), Maeve Sinnott (Bunclody), Sarah O'Donoghue (St. Mary's, Rosslare), Molly Crowdle (Geraldine O'Hanrahans), Laura O'Sullivan (Ferns St. Aidan's). Mentors: Emma English-Byrne, Brendan Tobin, David Byrne and Patrick Kavanagh.