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Both of Wexford’s adult teams were in action at the weekend, with the teams recording two wins out of two.
Wexford ladies’ firsts continued their winning ways with a home game against Guinness firsts on Saturday afternoon.
After a good win against Botanic the previous week, Wexford were looking to put wins back-to-back and give themselves a boost up the Division 4 table.
The home side got the best possible start when Muireann McCarthy found the net inside the first two minutes. Wexford attacked right from the off and from the goalkeeper’s diving save of an initial shot, McCarthy slotted the ball into the net to give Wexford an early advantage.
Guinness, however, increased the pressure following the Wexford goal, pushing up and using a high forward to hunt for the equaliser.
Wexford defended well, particularly on short corners, with the back line holding firm against the lively Guinness midfield and forward line.
But Guinness got their break just minutes before half-time when a wayward Wexford pass was picked up by an incoming player. Goalkeeper Anna Hayes came out to try to smother the attack but a quick pass found an unmarked player who slotted home the equaliser.
Wexford re-grouped at half-time and made some team changes that helped to solidify their central line.
Up front, Laura Gibney, Miriam Lambert and Muireann McCarthy covered every inch of the field, with Joanne Grant also slotting into the attack, winning a number of frees and short corners.
Indeed, it was Grant who sealed the win for Wexford; when a ball broke to her in the circle, Grant wasted no time in hammering it to the back of the net to put the home team back in the driving seat.
The team continued to push on, while holding their shape at the back. Centre-back Sinéad Demspey made some crucial tackles, with sweeper Sinéad McDonnell also stepping back to cut out the Guinness threat.
But Wexford were well in control in the second-half, evidenced by the fact that they did not concede a single short corner in those 35 minutes.
The win brings the team back up to a mid-table position with one league game left before the Christmas break.
They are back on cup duty next weekend when they take on YMCA firsts in the Division 3/4 Cup in Enniscorthy.
Team: Anna Hayes, Chloe O’Connor, Anna Corcoran, Sinéad Dempsey, Ciara McGrath, Avril Jones, Sinéad McDonnell, Ciara Pettitt, Laura Gibney, Miriam Lambert, Muireann McCarthy, Joanne Grant, Isabel O’Connor.
In an action-packed Sunday League fixture, Wexford seconds faced Carlow seconds in Loreto Kilkenny.
The weather held up, Carlow won the toss and opted for pushback.
Wexford displayed fantastic teamwork and determination throughout the game; both teams were evenly matched, as emphasised by the fact that both won the same amount of short corners, to no avail on either side as the goalkeepers were solid.
The Wexford forward line of Róisín Doyle, captain Cora Raftery and Charlotte Breen made great charging runs on attack, while tracking back when Carlow turned the tables on the counter-attack.
The O’Connor sisters, Chloe and Isabel, worked in partnership to send threatening balls into Carlow’s defence as well as keeping great focus on their game to win possession back in their tackling.
Wexford’s back line, similarly, dealt with strong attacking play from Carlow, with Edel Moran and Isabel O’Connor clearing any potential danger. Meanwhile, Emer O’Rourke hounded the Carlow forwards, cutting off potential attacks by shadowing their play.
Charlotte Breen broke the deadlock, making a superb run down the wing, sending a ball in from the end line which deflected off a Carlow defender, beating the ‘keeper to give Wexford the lead.
Wexford showed fantastic composure for the rest of the game, keeping Carlow at bay, in particular in the dying minutes when the back line came under sustained pressure, but ‘keeper Dot Byrne made two fantastic saves, cementing Wexford’s win.
Wexford held firm, with their team spirit, motivation and perseverance resulting in them holding on for the 1-0 win.
ST. JOSEPH’S A.C.
The county ‘B’ uneven age cross-country championships saw a small but dedicated band of St. Joseph’s athletes head to Gowran on Sunday.
First to the start line were Richie Mullally and Luca Kinsella. Both ran fine races with Richie ninth and Luca close behind him.
The Under-9 races saw Olivia Mulllally finishing a fine fourth, with Saorlaith Mulllally not far behind in the girls’ race and James Vereker seventh in the boys’ race.
A great run by Lily Ryan saw her finish second in the girls’ Under-11 race, with Aisleann Mullally twelfth and Mia Barry 22nd.
The boys’ race saw the sole St. Joseph’s victory of the day, with Luke Vereker having a great win.
A typical storming finish saw Eabha Mulllally gain two places to finish an excellent second in the girls’ Under-13 race, with Caoimhe Barry battling hard not far behind to finish seventh.
The last two races were the women’s and men’s 0ver-50 county championships, with the club represented by Frances Mullally and Patrick Bookle. Both ran fine races to finish second in each and claim county silver medals.
A great club turn-out at the Waterford half-marathon last weekend saw the following results achieved: Michael Ryan 1:29:40, Stephen O’Connor 1.33.03, David Larkin 1:33:11, David Lanigan 1:33:40, Anita Barry 1:51:16, Sinéad Croke 1:56:57, Oriel Glennon 2:00:20, John McDonald 2:00:41, Susan Lanigan 2:00:38, Duncan O’Shaughnessy 2:07:01, Mary McDonald 2:14:37, Katie Kinsella 2:19:46, Alma Barron 2:20:12, Jackie O’Shaughnessy 2:19:58, Susan Bolger 2:20:59, Denise Doyle 2:21:34, Adrienne Flynn 2:22:49, Helen Walshe 2:22:51 Catherine Hennessy 2.47.10, and Anna O’Dwyer 2:47:10. Well done to everyone.
The annual St. Joseph’s Athletic Club St. Stephen’s Day 5k family fun run will take place at 12 noon. Walk, jog or run, bring the buggy or bring the dog. Fancy dress is optional, with spot prizes and light refreshments available. Donations are welcome.
UNITED STRIDERS A.C.
With quite a stringent qualification process to compete at the national Juvenile cross-country event, it was fantastic to have so many Striders in action at Abbotstown.
Myles Hewlett was our star performer, picking up a national silver medal with a fantastic display of front running. Myles covered the testing 3k course in 9.58, which ranks as one of the best-ever performances by an under-age Strider.
He was ably supported by his teammates Eoin Shannon, Finn Kelly, Seán Lennon, Cosmo Hewlett, Ben Myers, Caolan Costello and Tomasso Hickey. All eight boys have made great personal progress this year and recorded a fourth place finish in the national club event. They were ever so close to a national medal in this ultra-competitive age group.
Our Under-16 boys’ team were also competing, courtesy of their provincial club-winning performance in October. All running out of age, they gave it their best shot and, under the circumstances, performed really well.
The team consisting of Ben and Robert Wall, Aidan Shannon, Darragh Flannelly and Oisín Mac Eochaidh all finished mid pack, and outside the club and county team medals.
This group will team up with Myles and the other younger lads to compete at the national Under-15 cross-country event in mid-December.
The Striders were out in big numbers in round two of the Wexford winter league, despite the cold and wet conditions, and all performed fantastically well.
A big well done to the following: Anna O’Reilly, Katelin Corish, T.J. Murphy, Donagh Grennan, Sam Dowling, Fionn Mac Eochaidh, Darragh Mackey, Maitiú Wall, Sarah Lillis, Isabella O’Connor, Dylan Galvin, Finn O’Reilly, Eoin Stevenson, Ailbhe Mackey, Eanna Grennan, Max Murphy, Ava Kehoe, Sam Myers, Keelan Ryan, Ronan Shannon, Moya Corbett, Seán Lennon, Luca O’Connor, Tommaso Hickey, Isabel Bawden, Hazel Hick- ey, Owen Lennon, Kelly Corbett, Aisling Ryan, Clodagh Foran and Erinn Shannon.
Everybody did their best and contributed points for the best club trophy, with the Striders leading by a narrow margin with only one round to go.
Wanderers 27, Railway Union 8: After a three-week lay-off, Wexford Wanderers second XV hosted Railway Union at Park Lane on Sunday in the opening clash of a must-win double-header against the south Dublin side.
Wanderers’ last outing saw them record a 50-0 win over a poor Mullingar side who have subsequently withdrawn from the J2 League, while the scheduled fixture at home to Newbridge was cancelled due to their inability to field.
The game against Railway Union, which was the first after the halfway point in the league, saw a hungry Wanderers side wanting to exorcise the narrow 13-8 loss in the previous meeting.
The opening minutes showed that Wexford were up against a much-altered Railway side who were first on the scoreboard after three minutes with an unconverted try in the corner.
Wanderers then started to find their rhythm, and number 8 Kevin Redmond scored a try under the posts which Richie Waters easily converted.
Railway tried to use their fast back line to inflict damage on Wanderers, but solid defending by Wexford ensured the game ebbed and flowed until some rare indiscipline allowed Railway to regain the lead with a penalty.
However this was shortlived, with Waters restoring the lead on the half hour through a penalty.
With ten minutes left in the half, Wanderers started to cut loose with some excellent handling to allow phenomenal wing forward Vinny Carroll to score on the left.
Indeed, he showed great composure to cross in the corner and then touch down closer to the posts to allow Waters an easier conversion.
Next up was Waters himself who broke from the ’22 to score in the right corner. Unfortunately, the conversion was not added, but the scoreline stood at an impressive 22-8 at the interval.
In the second period Railway had a resurgence of sorts, with two unanswered and unconverted tries reducing the difference to 22-18 with less than 15 minutes to go.
Wanderers emptied the bench and thankfully, with less than ten minutes remaining, Waters appeared to score in the corner, only for the referee to over-rule the linesman and declare him in touch.
Despite this setback, Wexford remained calm and kept Railway in their own ’22. The try when it did come was from man of the match Kevin B. Roche who stole over in the corner with less than two minutes remaining.
The final score was 27-8, including four tries.
There were some notable performances, especially from the new half-back pairing of Roche and the returned Ciarán Joyce. Waters also always looked threatening on the ball, as did young Barry Ryan and Carroll.
The win keeps Wanderers in second place (21), seven points behind Clondalkin, with third-placed Portlaoise four points further back on 17.
This makes next weekend’s away fixture against Clondalkin all the more important in deciding Wanderers’ fate in this league.
Wexford: Robert O’Leary, Barry Ryan, Jason Guerrine, Mick Doyle, Pat Toomey, Cillian McConville (capt.), Vincent Carroll, Kevin Redmond, Kevin Brendan Roche, Ciarán Joyce, Yohann Pinchedez, Tom Barry, Richie Waters, Cormac Burke, John Gannon. Subs. - David Avtin, Robert Walsh, Noel Richards, Chris Vickery, Jack O’Leary.
Wexford C.B.S. Boxing Club member Richard O’Brien with his bronze medal and certificate won in a Junior 1 54 kg. competition in Germany.He is pictured with club officials Darren Phillips and Pauline Kavanagh.
Niall Sheil of St. Killian’s running for Ireland in Swansea.