Seniors suffer crushing loss
Limerick romp home in Bruff
Wexford slumped to a crushing defeat to hosts Limerick in their second outing in the Irish Daily Star National Camogie League Division 1 in Bruff on Sunday.
Limerick 0-19 - Wexford 1-4
The Slaneysiders came into the game on the back of a solid victory in their opener of the season at home to Offaly, but Limerick, who themselves have started the year well, proved to be a more formidable opponent.
A draw against Galway was followed by victory against Tipperary as the Treaty girls raced to the top of the Group 1 table. This victory means they will qualify for the semi-finals if they, as expected, beat Offaly next time out.
Niamh Mulcahy was the tormentor in chief for the visitors' defence as she helped her self to an impressive total of 15 points. Seven of her haul came from play in a performance that Wexford just couldn't counter.
The visitors only had 0-2 on the scoreboard at half-time, both coming from Linda Bolger placed balls, while Limerick had put up an impressive 0-11. Nine of those came from midfielder Mulcahy with four from placed balls and the other five from play. Limerick's other points in the opening half were from Caoimhe Costello and Aoife Wilson.
The scoreline could have been worse but for the hard work of Marie Claire Morrissey, Síona Nolan, Louise O'Leary and the excellent netminding skills of Laura Brennan, who kept her second clean sheet in a row. Wexford were unlucky not to net in the closing seconds of the first-half when Marie Morrissey was fouled going through. The ball headed towards the net but the referee awarded a penalty which was cleared and as the rebound was coming out he blew the half-time whistle.
Limerick wasted no time when play resumed with Niamh Mulcahy running forward and popping over a lovely point from play 30 seconds after the re-start. Linda Bolger had a good effort at the other end for Wexford but it was adjudged to be a square ball.
A Wexford free awarded when Jackie Quigley was fouled was taken by Linda Bolger who pointed. Another dangerous Mulcahy ball was sent in but was taken into the hand by a composed Laura Brennan and cleared to safety. Limerick's Rebcca Delee won the puck-out and returned the ball back down the field and over the bar.
The sides exchanged points with Linda Bolger flipping over a free for Wexford and Niamh Mulcahy adding another to her tally at the other end. The Limerick hotshot added three more points, all coming from frees, before Wexford's Eimear O'Connor sent a ball to Aine Lacey who finished to the net. Limerick still managed two further points in injury time with Caoimhe Costello and Mulcahy obliging, both from play.
Wexford must now look to re-group and stake their claim for second spot in the table. That can be achieved with a pair of victories in the coming weeks, first at home to Tipperary on Sunday and then two weeks later in Galway.
Wexford: Laura Brennan; Marie Claire Morrissey, Síona Nolan, Brídín Doyle; Bridget Curran, Louise O'Leary, Ciara Donohoe; Bríd Gordon, Lisa Bolger; Linda Bolger (0-4 frees), Aine Lacey (1-0), Eimear O'Connor; Marie Morrissey, Jackie Quigley, Deirdre McMahon. Subs. - Marguerite Doyle for Curran, Sarah Banville for Donohoe, Anna Whitty for Quigley, Ellen Kelly for M. Morrissey, Louise Hammel for Lisa Bolger.
Limerick: Síle Moynihan; Marguerita McCarthy, Lorraine McCarthy, Fiona Hickey; Rebecca Delee (0-1), Sarah Carey, Fiona Hickey; Niamh Mulcahy (0-15, 8 frees), Caoimhe Costello (0-2); Aoifa Sheehan, Deborah Murphy, Karen O'Leary; Mairéad Fitzgerald, Noreen Barry, Aoife Wilson (0-1). Subs. - Caoimhe Lyons for Wilson, Niamh Ryan for Murphy, Rebecca Noonan for Fitzgerald.
Referee: Mike O'Kelly (Cork).