Mi­nor girls on scor­ing spree

Car­low crushed in mis-match

Enniscorthy Guardian - - SPORT -

WHAT­EVER HAP­PENS in their fu­ture ca­reers, it’s doubt­ful that any­one part of this Wex­ford Mi­nor ladies’ foot­ball panel will be in­volved in such a one-sided game again as they com­pletely swat­ted aside the fee­ble chal­lenge of neigh­bours Car­low in the pre­lim­i­nary round of the Le­in­ster cham­pi­onship at the O’Han­ra­han’s club grounds on Sun­day.

The eye-wa­ter­ing 12-11 to 2-4 final score­line in no way flat­ters the ram­pant vis­i­tors, who had com­piled five of their goals within the first quar­ter, while their last six scores of the open­ing half were of the green flag va­ri­ety as well as what should have been a com­pet­i­tive out­ing quickly de­scended into tar­get prac­tice.

In­deed, full-for­ward Amy Wil­son kick-started the pro­ces­sion with a goal af­ter only 90 sec­onds, and the Castle­town star­let’s con­verted penalty on eleven min­utes was the first of three goals scored within the space of 90 sec­onds.

Ciara Bridges fol­lowed suit with a low fin­ish from the next at­tack, while Jane Ros­siter tucked home im­me­di­ately af­ter to make it 5-3 to no score with scarcely 13 min­utes gone.

Cap­tain Rachel Ben­nett com­piled a quick­fire brace of goals by the 23rd minute, although wing­back Rosie McGuckin’s ex­cel­lently-taken goal af­ter 25 min­utes was ar­guably the pick of the bunch.

Such was Wex­ford’s dom­i­nance that net­min­der Doire­ann Cullen got her first touch of the ball in the 24th minute in the kick-out that fol­lowed Car­low’s sole score of the half from Shauna O’Neill.

But there was still time for Ciara Banville to fin­ish drop-kick style to the net, while Ros­siter ended the half with four goals to her name to bring up the lop-sided in­ter­val gap of 11-5 to 0-1.

No less than seven changes were made by Wex­ford at the break, and the full panel even­tu­ally saw some game-time as the men­tors made use of the un­lim­ited sub­sti­tutes rul­ing.

The lead­ers’ scor­ing rate un­der­stand­ably di­min­ished on the re­sump­tion, with Lara O’Shea, Molly Bates and Eve Hes­sion shar­ing 1-4 be­tween them to stake their claims for a start­ing berth against Meath the next day.

It had be­came a pride-sav­ing ex­er­cise for the hosts well be­fore then, and they struck for a cou­ple of con­so­la­tion goals from Louise Col­gan and Ni­amh Mur­phy.

Wex­ford: Doire­ann Cullen (Castle­town); Ais­ling Hal­li­gan (Clonard/ Vol­un­teers), Orla For­tune (Kil­more), Lau­ren Roche (Clonard/Vol­un­teers); Ciara O’Con­nor (Gusser­ane), Ni­amh Dunne (St. Martin’s), Rosie McGuckin (Naomh Eanna, 1-0); Sarah Hard­ing-Kenny (Shel­malier), Shereene Hamil­ton (Bal­ly­gar­rett); Ciara Banville (Tagh­mon-Cam­ross, 1-0), Rachel Ben­nett (St. Anne’s, capt., 2-3, 0-1 free), Ciara Bridges (St. Martin’s, 1-3); Emily Coak­ley (St. Fin­tan’s, 0-1), Amy Wil­son (Castle­town, 2-0, 1 pen.), Jane Ros­siter (Ban­now-Bal­lymitty, 4-0). Subs. - Geri-Rose O’Con­nor (Baile Dubh Tíre) for Roche (HT), Michelle Carty (Tagh­mon-Cam­ross) for O’Con­nor (HT), Ju­lia Dempsey (Clonard/Vol­un­teers) for McGuckin (HT), Eve Hes­sion (Clonard/ Vol­un­teers, 0-1) for Banville (HT), Lara O’Shea (Glynn-Barn­town, 1-1, 1-0 pen.) for Ben­nett (HT), Cliodhna O’Con­nell (Ki­lanerin) for Wil­son (HT), Molly Bates (Kil­more, 0-2) for Ros­siter (HT), Grace Cloney (Adamstown) for Hal­li­gan (38), Emer O’Ha­gan (Castle­town) for Hamil­ton (39), Mairéad Cre­ane (David­stown-Court­nacuddy) for Dunne (39), Emily Rochford (St. Anne’s) for Hard­ing-Kenny (40), Sally Walker (Clonard/Vol­un­teers) for Cullen (41), McGuckin for For­tune (48), Banville for Bridges (50), Dunne for Coak­ley (50).

Car­low: Andrea Doo­ley; Orla Sawyer, Róisín Ryan, Béib­hinn O’Brien; Louise Col­gan (1-0), Vi­o­letta Nolan, Ciara Far­rell; Jas­mine Bren­nan-Dowl­ing, Amy Han­ley (capt.); Shauna O’Neill (0-1 free), Eimear Caw­ley (0-1), Aoibhe Kier­nan; Kayleigh Bracken, Aoife Hay­den, Me­gan Cooney. Subs. - Mag­gie Forde for Nolan, inj. (22), Kate O’Sul­li­van for Far­rell (27), Sarah Doyle (0-1) for Kier­nan (HT), Laura Kear­ney for Caw­ley (HT), Ni­amh Mur­phy (1-1) for O’Neill (42).

Ref­eree: Ja­son Cor­co­ran (Kil­dare).


FRI. MARCH 16 Divi­sion 3 league (8.30 p.m.): Fethard v. Castle­town.

SAT. MARCH 17 Divi­sion 1 league (10.30 a.m.): Clonard/Vol­un­teers v. Clonee.

Divi­sion 2 league (12 noon): St. James’ v. Clongeen.

Divi­sion 4 league: St. Martin’s v. Ban­now-Bal­lymitty (10 a.m.); St. Brigid’s v. David­stown-Court­nacuddy (11 a.m.).

SUN. MARCH 18 AT AWAY VENUE: Lidl Na­tional League Divi­sion 3, Wex­ford v. Of­faly, 2 p.m.

DATE TBC: Le­in­ster Mi­nor cham­pi­onship, Wex­ford home to Meath, 2 p.m.

Pre­sen­ta­tion Wex­ford at­tacker Andrea Field­ing and Me­gan Bren­nan of Castle­comer Com­mu­nity School tus­sling for the ball in the drawn All-Ire­land Ju­nior ‘B’ camo­gie final in Tin­ry­land on Satur­day.

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