Dis­ap­point­ing start for U-16 squad as Tipp on top

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WEX­FORD GOT off to a dis­ap­point­ing start in the All-Ire­land Un­der-16 ‘A’ camo­gie cham­pi­onship against hosts Tip­per­ary at The Ragg on Sun­day.

Head­ing down with the sec­ond string, who were play­ing in the re­serve com­pe­ti­tion be­fore­hand, the Slaneysiders set off to the Pre­mier county at eight in the morn­ing. The early start seemed to hinder Wex­ford as they played flat and couldn’t reach their po­ten­tial in sear­ing tem­per­a­tures.

It was par­tic­u­larly dis­ap­point­ing for the girls them­selves, as they came into the game on the back of a long win­ning run in warmup games, dat­ing back to the Le­in­ster shield fi­nal vic­tory over Of­faly in April.

Emma Tomkins scored a cracker of an early goal, Wex­ford’s best player on the day, Aoife O’Con­nor, racked up the points from dead­balls, and Katie Codd got in on the act, but the Slaneysiders still went in at the break a point down (1-6 to 1-5).

Things didn’t go to plan in the sec­ond-half as Tip­per­ary took con­trol of the game and outscored Wex­ford by 3-5 to 0-1.

Be­cause of the com­pe­ti­tion struc­ture, the sec­ond game of the round-robin stage is huge for Bren­dan Tobin’s side.

They host Gal­way on Sun­day week know­ing that only a vic­tory will keep their All-Ire­land hopes alive.

That could prove to be a tough task, as the west­ern­ers mullered Lim­er­ick 10-26 to 0-4 in the group’s other game.

Mean­while, the ‘B’ side fared much bet­ter in their early throwin but still came up short against a host team led by an in­spired goal­keeper.

The Slaneysiders went down by 2-9 to 1-9 but all 18 play­ers in­volved gave it ab­so­lutely ev­ery­thing and were ex­cel­lent.

Wex­ford trailed at the in­ter­val but a goal from sub­sti­tute Áine Doyle gave them hope.

Ella Dal­ton was scorer-in-chief with five points, while Laura De­laney, Naoise Hen­nessy, Eleanor Ham­mel and Grace Roche all got on the board.

They will face Gal­way on the same day as the ‘A’ team, and it will be their sec­ond and fi­nal game in the mini-group.

Wex­ford A: Eimear Goland; Ali­beth Curran, Aoife Moran, Yvonne Kelly; Amy Mit­ten, Maria O’Dowd, Muire­ann Fitz­patrick; Aoife O’Con­nor (0-5 frees), Ciara Walsh; Katie Codd (0-1), Emma Dempsey, Siob­hán Sin­nott; Emma Tomkins (1-0), Loren Doyle, An­drea Field­ing. Subs. - So­phie Roche, Lisa Kelly, Ni­amh Cog­ley, Eimear Doyle, Molly Crow­dle, Eilish O’Reilly, Lorna For­tune, Amy Cahill.

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