No joy for the Gaynor girls
Wexford travel to Limerick
The Wexford Under-14 girls travelled to Limerick last weekend to participate in the W.F.A.I. inter-league Gaynor Cup and although manager Barry Dempsey had selected a strong squad, he was aware that the team had a tough battle ahead as the group draw saw them pitted with holders Galway and a Limerick Desmond side which was improving each year.
Having won the Gaynor Plate twice in the last three years, Wexford would have travelled with ambitions of their own and were hoping to go one step further this season and challenge for the cup itself.
They opened the campaign on Saturday morning against Limerick Desmond and got the ideal start when Emma Clarke put them in front. However, the Munster side got back on level terms before Sarah Siggins showed her clinical finishing in front of goal to restore Wexford's lead.
The Desmond League once again showed great determination and spirit to score again and grab a point that would prove critical when the group was completed.
Tournament holders Galway were up next and this proved to be a difficult tie for the Wexford girls, with the westerners getting a grip on the game early on and their accuracy from dead ball situations saw them run out flattering 6-0 winners.
This defeat left Wexford needing a massive result on Sunday morning to come second in the group and qualify for the Plate competition which they won last season, and although they proved too good for North Tipperary, running out 4-0 winners, they finished third in the group.
Sarah Siggins and Fiona Ryan scored two goals each in this match as Wexford moved into the play-offs for ninth to twelfth. They came up against Cork in the first play-off in a game that easily could have been the final as both leagues would be considered very strong at this age group.
The Rebel county came out on top as they scored twice in a game that was evenly-contested, but Cork were just that little sharper in front of goal.
The final game of the tournament saw Wexford take on near neighbours Waterford and a 2-1 win saw the girls finish eleventh thanks to goals from Emma Clarke and Sarah Siggins.
Wexford were much better than their eleventh place finish and how tough their group was showed when Galway got through to the Cup final where they were beaten 3-2 by the MGL, while Limerick Desmond made it to the Plate final where they were also beaten 3-2 by Donegal.
Well done to all involved with the squad and as anyone who understands this type of competition knows, one result that does not go your way can leave you playing catch-up all weekend.
Next up for the Wexford Schoolgirls League is the Under-16 Gaynor Cup which will be played at the end of June, also in the University of Limerick.
Squad: Caoimhe Byrne (Gorey Rangers), Rachel Murphy (Bunclody A.F.C.), Lara Walsh (Courtown Hibs), Tara Doyle (Cloughbawn A.F.C.), Zoe Rossiter (New Ross Town), Hollie Sinnott (North End United), Niamh Taylor-Hughes (Gorey Rangers), Emma Clarke (Cloughbawn A.F.C.), Faye Larkin (Ballindaggin), Fiona Ryan (St. Leonards), Kira Bates-Crosbie (Kilmore United), Sarah Siggins (Wexford Celtic), Eadaoin Kent (Campile United), Shannon McGovern (Tombrack United), Laura Butler (Cloughbawn A.F.C.), Lydia McGrath (Campile United), Ruth Hendrick (Wexford Celtic), Aine Behan (Bunclody A.F.C.), Gemma Corrigan (Curracloe United), Caragh Clarke (Courtown Hibs).
Manager: Barry Dempsey. Assistant manager: Michael Bennett. Coaches: Dave O'Shea and Philip McGrath.
Last Tuesday saw Corach Ramblers lift the Under-10 Division 2A league final when they beat Adamstown on penalties after a 3-3 draw after extra-time.
Ramblers led twice in the game but Adamstown refused to lie down and battled back, first to come from 2-0 down to level at 2-2 and then from 3-2 to bring the game to extra-time.
Rachel Gaynor (two) and Sarah Scallan were on target for Ramblers while Karlina Jaglarz scored all three for Adamstown, but Corach eventually won the division on penalties. League Vice-Chairman Barry Dempsey presented the winning side with their trophy to spark off some exciting celebrations.
Gorey Rangers eventually wrapped up one of the most competitive divisions in recent years when they beat Campile United 6-1 in the Under-14 Division 1 play-off in Bridge Rovers on Sunday morning.
Rangers were always in control with Ciara Hammett scoring five and Niamh Taylor-Hughes also finding the net. Campile were more competitive than the scoreline might suggest but Rangers were well-deserved winners, with league committee member Tom 'Flash' Dunne presenting the trophy to the victorious captain.
Just a reminder that the league presentation night will take place on Friday, June 19, in the Riverside Park Hotel, Enniscorthy with an 8pm start.