Monday 22 January 2018

Fahy dealt a cruel blow

Just last Tuesday Ruth Fahy told this newspaper of her excitement about playing in the upcoming UEFA Women's Champions League with her Wexford Youths team-mates.

However, in a cruel twist of fate, the classy former Galway star is now out of those ties, as well as the whole of next season.

A scan last week, on an injury that the unrelenting Fahy believed was minor, showed significant damage to her left knee with tears to both her anterior cruciate, and medial collateral, ligaments.

The injury to the Youths number 5 is her club's fifth ACL tear of the season, following on from similar problems for Mary Rose Kelly, Rianna Jarrett, Ciara Rossiter and Edel Kennedy.

Unlike the other four, the origin of the horrific injury is a little more up in the air. Fahy was caught on the knee by a two-footed lunge from Noelle Murray in the play-off final and was down for several minute.

She heroically continued as Youths came storming back to take the title but evidently the initial damage was done.

Two weeks later, and back west in Galway for the Salthill five-a-sides, Fahy planted and twisted her left knee again to inflict further damage, but even then the Youths midfielder-cum-defender didn't realise the extent of the problem.

While the level of damage and time on the sideline will hurt the 28-year-old, Fahy is more than equipped to come back as strong as ever. Her injury does leave Wexford short of numbers, and still manager-less, with just seven weeks to go to the start of the new season.

Meanwhile, Wexford Youths Women are holding their end of season awards night and dinner dance in the Talbot Hotel on Friday, July 1.

Tickets for the gala event, which will celebrate a fantastic season for the treble champions, may be booked by calling Carrie Brady on 085-1002218.

Wexford People

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