Sunday 21 January 2018

Wexford book spot in semis

Extra-time win over Dublin

Wexford advanced to the Leinster Intermediate camogie championship semi-final with an extra-time win over Dublin in the D.C.U. sports campus on Sunday.

Wexford 5-7 Dublin 3-11 (AET)

The Slaneysiders had a miserable league campaign, finishing bottom of their group without a win, but have given themselves a bit of a lift heading into the summer as they booked a last four spot opposite Meath.

After a scoreless opening ten minutes, Oulart-The Ballagh star Aideen Brennan goaled to give her side the lead. However, Faye McCarthy responded soon after to leave the game tied after the opening quarter.

Despite a Margaret Byrne point, the hosts edged 2-2 to 1-1 ahead courtesy of a second McCarthy major. County Minor Oonagh Doyle pointed soon after coming off the bench before Brennan added a point to her earlier goal.

After great build-up play by Brennan and Gorey's Ellen Roche, Wexford grabbed their second goal through Deirdre McMahon to take a 2-3 to 2-2 lead in at the break.

Back came the Metropolitans after the change-around as they hit a quick 1-2 to regain the lead. However, the goal-fest continued at pace when Michelle Martin sent Aideen Brennan away at the other end and she fired home her second major.

Wexford were level (3-4 each) following a Brennan free but parity didn't last long as Dublin strung together four points in a row to leave their opponents reeling. Yet, the visitors showed more resilience then they had in the National League and hit back.

Brennan dragged her side within a score when converting a free after a foul on McMahon and when the latter sent Byrne away to goal late on, Wexford had tied the game and forced overtime (4-5 to 3-8).

While Dublin edged in front with a Kristen Farrell point, Wexford hit back when Joanne Dillon netted to take the lead. Traded points, with Brennan on taret for the Slaneysiders, left two between them at the interval of extra-time.

Again Faye McCarthy pulled her county within a score, only for Dillon to settle the Wexford nerves with a late point to book a date with Meath next Sunday in O'Kennedy Park, New Ross (2 p.m. throw-in). That game will be followed by the Leinster Senior semi-final against Kilkenny.

Wexford: Rebecca Doran; Nancy Dunphy, Shauna Redmond, Farren Byrne; Anna Whitty, Katie O'Connor, Doireann Kavanagh; Michelle Martin, Leah Walsh; Joanne Dillon (1-1), Ellen Roche, Amy Ryan; Aideen Brennan (2-4), Deirdre McMahon (1-0), Mags Byrne (1-1). Subs. - Oonagh Doyle (0-1) for Ryan, Leanne Foley for Redmond, Michelle Harding for Whitty.

Dublin: Emma Loo; Gráinne Ryan, Laura Walsh, Orla Hennessy; Shauna McBride, Danielle Powell, Michelle Kelly; Emer Keenan (0-1), Aoife Dooley (0-1); Faye McCarthy (2-4), Emer O'Riordan, Lynn Devoy (0-1); Aoife Walsh (0-1), Kristen Farrell (0-1), Elaine Gallery (1-2).

Referee: Alan Lagrue (Kildare).

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