Congratulations to Kate Kelly & Katriona Parrock who were on the Wexford County team who secured their third League final victory in a row on Sunday last in Semple Stadium read more for full report.
Wexford were put to the pin of their collars but they found a way to quell the Galway resistance and in the process annex a third successive Irish Daily Star camogie league division 1 title at Semple Stadium. The final margin was very flattering to the champions as the westerners pushed hard for 25 minutes at the end of the first half and the start of the second, but they failed to capitalise on some good opportunities and were punished for that in the end.
Wexford threatened to put this to bed early on with a blistering start. Kate Kelly pointed a free after just 45 seconds before Una Leacy drove a blistering shot to the roof of the Galway net from 18m four minutes later, after Lenny Holohan had drawn Sarah Dervan. Brenda Hanney opened the scoring for Noel Finn’s crew but Leacy responded with a brilliant point and two further white flags from Michelle O’Leary and Ursula Jacob stretched the advantage to six.
Galway began to get a foothold around the centre though and Orla Kilkenny supported Emer Haverty well to notch up a point. Veronica Curtin twisted and turned brilliantly to add another from wide on the right after Aislinn Connolly had converted a free and gradually, the Tribeswomen were back in the game.
Connolly added a couple of more scores and Susan Earner showed that her delayed arrival hadn’t affected her composure by reacting smartly to deny Holohan, meaning that Galway were going in at the break just 1-5 to 0-6 in arrears. They continued their assault on the favourites in the third quarter, the Kilkenny sisters, Orla and outstanding half-back Niamh bringing the sides level by the 36th minute. Mary Leacy lofted over a mammoth free for Wexford from 60m but Connolly responded and Galway kept driving forward. The magnificent Catherine O’Loughlin and Mags D’Arcy denied Noreen Coen and Tara Rutledge goals, while Coen hit the upright and Connolly failed to convert a difficult opportunity from a free.
Galway would rue not managing to hit the front when Wexford were awarded a 49th minute penalty, although it looked a generous award by referee Mike O’Kelly. Una Leacy drove low to the net and despite playing second fiddle, Wexford were in front. Smelling blood, the champions went for the jugular, adding 1-4 in the final 14 minutes including injury time, while Galway only managed a point. Ursula Jacob’s 57th minute point was Wexford’s first from play in the second half but it mattered not and Una Leacy’s third goal, in the fourth minute of injury time, set the seal on the garnering of another trophy for the All-Ireland champions.
Wexford: M D’Arcy; C O’Connor, C O’Loughlin, K Atkinson; N Lambert, M Leacy 0-1(f), A O’Connor; D Codd, K Kelly 0-3(fs); J Dwyer, U Jacob 0-2, M O’Leary 0-1; L Holohan, U Leacy 3-1 (1-0 pen), K Parrock 0-1. Subs: B Gordon for O’Leary (39); E Quigley 0-1 for Dwyer (39); F Kavanagh for A O’Connor inj (52)
Galway: S Earner; R Glynn, S Dervan, S Cahalane; N Kilkenny 0-1, AM Hayes, S Keane; E Haverty, N Kilkenny 0-2; A Connolly 0-5(4fs, 1 45), N McGrath, B Hanney 0-1; V Curtin 0-1, N Coen, T Rutledge. M Conroy for Rutledge (47); E Kilkelly for McGrath (47); S Tannian for Cahalane (52); L Ryan for N Kilkenny (60)
Referee: M O’Kelly (Cork)