Minors lose local derby
A battling performance from Wexford wasn't enough to prevent Kilkenny from taking the spoils in an entertaining Leinster Minor camogie championship group clash in O'Kennedy Park, New Ross on Wednesday.
Kilkenny 2-11 Wexford 0-12
The visitors did the damage in the first-half, with the two goals proving the difference between the sides. In truth, Wexford didn't compete well enough in the opening period and allowed their opponents too much of a helping hand though their own mediocre play.
The second-half was a much sterner test for the victors who would have headed off home content in the knowledge that they had at least survived an onslaught for the final quarter.
Undoubtedly it was difficult for Wexford to adjust to the absence of talented Intermediate starter Sarah O'Connor at centre-back, and that loss certainly showed in the opening period as Kilkenny dominated in their half-forward line.
With just over a minute on the clock, Sarah Walsh lofted a ball in from that area of the field and Edel Coonan got on the end of it to pull past county Senior goalkeeper Laura Brennan.
Wexford responded with a pair of Chloe Foxe frees - the St. Martin's clubwoman would end up with double digits on the evening - only to fall further behind soon after.
Jenny Clifford grabbed a point before Kellyann Doyle's ball under the crossbar was batted by Brennan, who then saved Chloe Blackmore's shot. However, Kilkenny recycled possession and Coonan fed Blackmore who didn't miss second time around (2-1 to 0-2).
Kilkenny racked up four more points in succession as Wexford struggled to break out of their own half. The hosts got some respite with Foxe and Una Sinnott points and narrowly missed out on a goal when the impressive Kirsty Maher casually caught Noelene Shanahan's shot.
The visitors still added late points through Clifford and Blackmore to lead by 2-7 to 0-4 at the interval. Things hadn't changed much with the same nine-point deficit separating the sides in the 42nd minute, but Wexford slowly grew in confidence.
The Slaneysiders surged forward with Foxe converting five more frees and Shanahan adding a point from play. It wasn't enough to claw themselves all the way back but will at least give Wexford confidence heading into their second outing in Kildare on August 3.
Wexford: Laura Brennan; Rachel Kelly, Lauren Carty, Katie Murphy; Aine Ennis, Niamh Walsh, Amy Cardiff (capt.); Una Sinnott (0-1), Ellen Roche; Laura Dempsey, Noelene Shanahan (0-1), Aoife Doyle; Oonagh Doyle, Chloe Foxe (0-10 frees), Leah Walsh. Subs. - Shauna Kelly for A. Doyle (39), Aoife McCrea for Ennis (42), Michelle Kehoe for O. Doyle (50).
Kilkenny: Kirsty Maher (joint capt.); Róisín Phelan, Katie Nolan, Miriam Bambrick; Sarah Kent (0-3 frees), Eilish Regan, Ciara Murphy; Kellyann Doyle, Laura Murphy; Marguerite Hoynes, Jenny O'Neill (0-1), Sarah Walsh; Edel Coonan (1-0), Chloe Blackmore (1-4, 0-3 frees), Jenny Clifford (0-2). Subs. - Aoife O'Carroll for L. Murphy (25), Ciara Phelan (joint capt.) for Doyle (40), Mia Griffin (0-1) for Blackmore (47), Michelle Teehan for C. Murphy (52), Sophie O'Dwyer for O'Neill (52).
Referee: Alan Doheny (Laois).