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Sunday 18 August 2019

Under-16 girls off the mark

Wexford secured their first win in the Under-16 Leinster ladies' football championship last weekend as they defeated Offaly on the road on Sunday in ideal conditions.

Wexford 2-11 Offaly 0-8

After losing their opening fixture to Laois by 6-6 to 2-5, it was cruical for the girls to get the win and they certainly didn't let their management down.

Wexford hit Offaly for 1-1 inside the opening four minutes, with Emily Coakley grabbing a point before Aideen Byrne hit the net with a well-taken goal.

Offaly hit back with fine points from their corner-forward Laura Garry to close the gap, however a fine point from Wexford midfielder Ann Marie Bennett after moving into corner-forward restored a three-point Wexford lead.

Offaly drew level with the impressive Laura Garry hitting three points without reply. Wexford wing-backs Cathy O'Brien and Gillian Barry landed crucial scores before the interval, with O'Brien goaling and Barry pointing to give Wexford a 2-3 first-half total. Meanwhile, Offaly had one more point before the break as Shauna Heffernan scored to leave Wexford leading by 2-3 to 0-6.

Wexford got a brilliant start to the second-half with three rapid-fire points as Kate Hendrick, Emma Codd and Aideen Byrne pushed them six in front. Shauna Heffernan briefly stopped the scoring with a point for Offaly before Wexford restored their six-point lead with another point from Byrne, and then substitute Siobhán Doolan got in on the scoring act to push Wexford in front by 2-8 to 0-7.

Offaly's final score came from midfielder Amy Gavin-Mangan, but Wexford saw out this contest in fine style with three unanswered points as Emily Coakley, Becky Hamilton and Emma Cousins registered for a nine-point win.

Wexford improved on their opening round display and will hope to continue the upward trend when they face Dublin in the next round on April 6.

Scorers in the loss to Laois were Aoife Cloke-Rochford (1-1), Kate Hendrick (1-0), Emma Cousins (0-2), Aideen Byrne and Emma Codd (0-1).

Wexford: Sophie Lenehan (Clonee); Ciara O'Connor (Gusserane), Sadbh McCarthy (Shelmalier), Niamh Dunne (St. Martin's); Cathy O'Brien (Adamstown, 1-0), Sarah Harding-Kenny (Shelmalier), Gillian Barry (Fethard St. Mogue's, 0-1); Emma Cousins (Kilmore, 0-1), Ann Marie Bennett (St. Anne's, 0-1); Emma Codd (St. Martin's, 0-1), Niamh Buckley (Volunteers), Kate Hendrick (HWH-Bunclody, 0-1); Emily Coakley (St. Fintan's, 0-2), Aideen Byrne (Starlights, 1-2), Rachel Bennett (St. Anne's). Subs. - Siobhán Doolan (Shelmalier, 0-1) for O'Brien, Teaghan Furlong (Clonee) for Codd, Becky Hamilton (St. Martin's) for Buckley, Aoife Cloke-Rochford (Ballyhogue) for R. Bennett.

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