The first game was against Dublin in Wexford Park – Wexford the league champions romped to a 7-25 to 0-3 win over Dublin at Wexford Park on the 19th June. Dublin actually started very well and Louise O’Hara had their three points on the board from frees by the eighth minute, by which stage they led by one. Lenny Holohan goaled for Wexford three minutes later however and it was one-way traffic from there. Katriona and Kate lined out for Wexford, while Kate was substitute at half time with an injury.
Wexford travelled to Athenry in Galway for their second game, where they were defeated 1-8 to 0-10. Galway trailed for the whole game; however substitute Jessica Gill launched an 80m free in an attempt to grab an equaliser four minutes into added time. It dropped just short, however, and spilled into the Wexford net. Wexford slotted over a free soon after to bring the score to 1-8 to 0-10 but time was against the Model County women and the hosts took the honours. Remarkably, she had also scored a last gasp goal to beat Wexford in the 2008 All-Ireland semi-final, but Galway have been on the wrong end of late goals in the knockout stages of the last two leagues and last year’s championship, the manner of this win was a big boost for them.
The sides were level five times in the first half, which ended with Wexford leading by the odd point in 11. Katriona lined out at wing forward.
Last week Wexford played Clare in Wexford Park – Wexford secured an ultimately comfortable win over Clare on a 2-17 to 1-5 scoreline but were not at their best against a Banner outfit that has improved significantly in the past 12 months. Clare had the wind in the opening half and trailed by just 0-7 to 0-3 at half time but once the league queenpins had the advantage of the elements, they pulled clear.
Next Week Wexford take on Tipp in the Ragg at 3pm which will be a crucial match for the yellow bellies. As both Galway have cemented their place in the semi-finals along with Kilkenny which means there is only two places up for grabs. Tipp having only won one of their games so far will need to record a win if their All-Ireland hopes are to stay alive. Wexford have three remaining games – July 10th v Tipperary (The Ragg Camogie Pitch @ 3pm); July 17th v Cork (a) and July 24th v Kilkenny (h).
Best of luck to Bridget Curran, Katriona Parrock and Kate Kelly