O’Moore girls end U-16 hon­ours bid

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LAOIS WEX­FORD 4-10 2-11

THE SEA­SON ended for Wex­ford with a hard-to-take loss against Laois in the Le­in­ster ladies’ foot­ball Un­der-16 ‘B’ cham­pi­onship semi-fi­nal in An­nanough re­cently.

The Slaneysiders came into the game af­ter a tough but bat­tling round-robin stage against the pow­er­houses from Meath, Dublin and Kil­dare, and might have ex­pected the level to drop against the Group B side.

How­ever, in the first semi-fi­nal Of­faly, who lost to Laois ear­lier in the cam­paign, re­ally put it up to Meath and it gave a stark in­di­ca­tion of what was to come. Re­al­is­ti­cally this game could have gone ei­ther way, with Wex­ford lead­ing into the fi­nal quar­ter.

Yet when the game moved into the clos­ing stages, Laois nabbed two soft goals and Wex­ford missed a string of good chances to bow out at the semi-fi­nal stage.

Laois started with the aid of the el­e­ments and, de­spite a So­phie Boxwell point, moved 1-3 to 0-1 in front af­ter a Gráinne Lalor ma­jor.

M.J. Berry’s side slowly found their feet and dragged them­selves back into the con­test. Maeve Sin­nott, Or­lagh Kehoe and Aoife Cullen all con­trib­uted to the scor­ing, while sub­sti­tute Michelle Kin­sella made an im­me­di­ate im­pact as Wex­ford went in just four down (2-6 to 0-8).

In the lat­ter stages of the half the vis­i­tors re­ally started to find their feet and they didn’t let the break halt their mo­men­tum.

Wex­ford led for the first time when Cullen and Boxwell points were mixed in with a ma­jor by the for­mer af­ter an as­sist by Or­lagh Kehoe.

Lead­ing by 1-11 to 2-7, Wex­ford hopes were dented when Lalor net­ted. How­ever, Kehoe brought her tally to 1-2 with a goal in the 41st minute to give her side their lead back.

With the home crowd be­hind them, Laois re­sponded with a pair of sin­gles to move a point clear.

It was at this stage that Wex­ford had six good chances to add to their tally, with a string of strong point op­por­tu­ni­ties kicked wide. At the other end Della Do­herty net­ted twice in the fi­nal quar­ter to send the Slaneysiders pack­ing.

Wex­ford: Aoife Dunne; Kelly Ann Dempsey, Shauna Nolan, Aoife Bridges; Loren Doyle, Lorna For­tune, Ni­cole Hard­ing-Kenny; Juliet Rochford, Su­san Boyle; Rachel Power, Joey Ga­han, Maeve Sin­nott (0-1); So­phie Boxwell (0-2), Aoife Cullen (1-4), Or­lagh Kehoe (1-2). Subs. - Michelle Kin­sella (0-2) for Power, Li­adh Dwyer for Dempsey.

Laois: Na­dine Dempsey; Ge­orgina Don­aghue, Re­becca Red­din, Sinéad Far­relly; Leah Kelly, Sarah Larkin, Ju­lia Cahill; Aish­ling Fitz­patrick, Della Do­herty (2-1); Emily Lacey (0-1), Jenny Mur­phy, Orla Hen­nessy (0-3); Lisa Keane (0-2), Gráinne Lalor (2-2), Kelly O’Neill. Subs. - Ciara Byrne for Kelly, Aoibhe O’Brien for Fitz­patrick, Leah Tarpey (0-1) for O’Neill.

Ref­eree: John Ber­ming­ham (Wick­low).

Ref­eree Mar­garet Do­herty with Clonard/Vol­un­teers Un­der-8 girls Sarah Walsh and Lexi Turner who played their first Un­der-12 game re­cently again­stG­lynn-Barn­town.

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