U-16 win in dead rub­ber

Enniscorthy Guardian - - SPORT -

WEX­FORD ENDED their All-Ire­land Un­der-16 ‘A’ camo­gie cham­pi­onship Group 1 cam­paign in win­ning fash­ion, see­ing off Lim­er­ick for a worth­less vic­tory in Claugh­aun on Sat­ur­day.

The game rounded out the in­ter-county sea­son for this squad of play­ers and all in all it has been a dif­fi­cult and dis­ap­point­ing few months for this age group. Com­ing quickly on the back of an All-Ire­land ap­pear­ance at Un­der-16 last year, Wex­ford have had noth­ing close to that suc­cess.

Wex­ford only beat All-Ire­land ‘B’ graded Of­faly in Le­in­ster, los­ing to Dublin and Kilkenny, and were thumped by Tip­per­ary and Gal­way in the All-Ire­land se­ries be­fore get­ting this win against fel­low strug­glers Lim­er­ick.

Given the suc­cess of school sides this year, this is ob­vi­ously a sit­u­a­tion Wex­ford camo­gie are go­ing to have to ex­am­ine in the com­ing weeks as prepa­ra­tions start for 2019. They’ll need to get to the bot­tom of the prob­lem and make sure this type of sea­son is not re­peated next year.

Sit­ting on a -67 score dif­fer­ence from their own games against Gal­way and Tip­per­ary, Lim­er­ick are clearly strug­gling them­selves.

They were able to keep this game close in the first-half, with a crack­ing Emma Dempsey goal help­ing the Slaneysiders into a 1-5 to 1-3 in­ter­val ad­van­tage.

With Loren Doyle boss­ing the game in mid­field, and Lim­er­ick goal­keeper Róisín O’Rior­dan pulling off save af­ter save, Wex­ford dom­i­nated.

Lisa Kelly and Aoife O’Con­nor added their names to the list of scor­ers as the con­test wore on with points.

Clearly the game’s third goal was set to be vi­tal and it came with an­other un­stop­pable fin­ish from the ever-dan­ger­ous Molly Crow­dle.

It was enough to break the hosts’ re­sis­tance and they man­aged just four sec­ond-half points as Wex­ford took the win.

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