Wick­low U-14 camogie side trounce neigh­bours Car­low

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WICK­LOW’S un­der four­teen girls made it two straight vic­to­ries in suc­ces­sive weeks, this com­pre­hen­sive victory away to Car­low fol­low­ing hot on the heels of their nar­row home win over Laois.

This was a case of de­feat al­most snatched from the jaws of victory as a dom­i­nant Wick­low dis­played rudi­men­tary frail­ties at both ends of the pitch. It was down to a mag­nif­i­cent bat­tling dis­play from the mid­field quar­tet of Rachel Byrne, Ni­amh Kenny, Sarah Lifely and Ciara Byrne to carry the day.

Car­low opened the scor­ing in the first minute of the game, a fine point from play but were quickly pegged back as suc­ces­sive points from Rachel Byrne and Ciara Byrne pushed Wick­low briefly out in front. Car­low re­gained the lead in the 5th minute, sloppy de­fend­ing leav­ing the Wick­low keeper with no chance of de­fend­ing her net.

Mean­while Wick­low were miss­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties by the buck­et­ful in front of the Car­low net, naive po­si­tion­ing deny­ing the team nu­mer­ous scor­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties. Aughrim’s Leanne Quiq­ley even­tu­ally opened the flood­gates when her rasp­ing ground strike from all of 30 me­tres rat­tled the Car­low net on the 10th minute. Ciara Byrne and Aoife Keddy tagged on two quick points be­fore An­nacurra’s Jamie O’Neill re­peated her hero­ics of last week with an­other op­por­tunis­tic goal. In the fi­nal ten min­utes of the half Wick­low pushed home their dom­i­nance at mid­field as Rachel Byrne and Ciara Byrne rat­tled up four points be­tween them.

Ten points ahead and all looked rosy, un­for­tu­nately Car­low were not beaten just yet and a failed clear­ance in the Wick­low back­line saw our near neigh­bours nar­row the gap to just three scores, half­time score line; Wick­low 2-8, Car­low 2-1.

The Car­low half-time team talk was ob­vi­ously ef­fec­tive as they re­sponded to two open­ing points from Wick­low with no less than 2-2 from some ex­cel­lent open play. The tide had been turned and Wick­low’s backs were rightly up against the wall.

A sin­gle point still re­mained be­tween the teams when Wick­low’s man­ager Mary Byrne from Knockananna recog­nised the turn­ing tide and duly rang the changes mid­way through the half. The back­line was shored up with the in­tro- duc­tion of Shauna Marah and Kil­coole’s Katie Ho­nan. Glenealy’s Katie Boucher was moved up front in hopes that the 11 year old could res­ur­rect her goal scor­ing ex­ploits of the pre­vi­ous week.

The strat­egy would have done Cae­sar proud as Car­low failed to reg­is­ter a sin­gle score in the fourth quar­ter. Wick­low duly re­gained the ini­tia­tive and for a sec­ond time im­posed their dom­i­nance on all ar­eas of the field. Avon­dale’s Caitlin Olo­han and An­to­nia Hef­fer­nan raised their game in re­sponse the large and vo­cal side­line con­tin­gent that had made the jour­ney to Bor­ris, the for­mer driv­ing the Wick­low for­ward line by ex­am­ple.

Two goals from Katie Boucher and a brace of points from Ciara Byrne, Caitlin Olo­han and Aoife Keddy re­spec­tively in those clos­ing 15 min­utes en­sured that Wick­low came out on the right side of a com­pre­hen­sive 12 point winning mar­gin.

Wick­low can take many pos­i­tives from this re­sult as they face into next weeks en­counter away to Louth, and al­though the wee county should prove less of a chal­lenge, sub­stan­tial im­prove­ment will be re­quired ahead of the re­turn legs against Laois and Car­low if a fi­nals berth is to be as­sured.

It was in­cor­rectly stated in last week’s pa­per that Wick­low were de­feated by Laois in their open­ing game. In fact the Wick­low girls came away with a 4-6 to 4-5 victory.

The Wick­low Un­der-14 camogie squad.

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