Sunday 17 December 2017

Brave Dubs fall to magic Model

NO half measures from Wexford at Parnell Park last Saturday afternoon. It was their third win from three in the All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship as they downed the Dubs 5-19 to 0-13.

Wexford attacked the church end in the first half. On 14 minutes, Louise O'Hara showed quick feet to take a ball out of the clouds out on the right in front of the main stand.

Kate Kelly put in a challenge. Her stick broke in two. A couple of seconds later, the sliotar came back to Kelly, who was still holding her broken hurl. Yet she was still able to play a precise pass down the line to Ursula Jacob, who took her point.


Wexford had a goal in the bank at that stage. And when they were having their oranges, they led by 3-13 to 0-4.

Both teams had been given a guard of honour onto the pitch by the young teams that took part in the mini-games at half-time: Naomh Barrog, St Vincent's, Ballinteer St John's, Naomh Fionnbarra and Ballyboden St Enda's.

It was humid in Donnycarney, but the umpires were taking no chances. They had the wet gear on. They must have been watching Jean Byrne.

The Camogie President, Dublin's own Aileen Redmond, was in the congregation. She was presented with a bouquet of flowers.

Dublin minor hurling boss Pat Fanning, was also present. He saw his daughter Aine score a peach of a point.

There was a fine crowd in the stand. And during the second half, Dublin official Brendan Cooper came along with a packet of sweets for everybody in the audience.

Gerry O'Sullivan, on the tannoy, announced that Dublin goalkeeper Kate Whyte was ruled out and she was to be replaced by Aisling Spillane, making her championship debut.

Wexford keeper Mags Darcy knows the city well as she plays for Na Fianna.

On the way to the ground, a thick fog covered Sandymount beach. But, north of the Liffey, everybody could see just how slick this Slaney side are.

They were four points to the good inside the first four minutes. Their opening three goals came from Shelley Kehoe (12 minutes), Jacob (16 minutes) and Kelly on the blow of the break.

Yet the Blues gave them much to think about after that. Dublin got some cracking scores, and with each one, the volume rose.

Mairi Moynihan led the charge from centre half-back. She is becoming an inspirational figure.

Orlaith Durkin showed the pace of the panther at midfield. She struck one of the best points of the hour.

Ali Twomey sent over six frees. She looked so assured, and put in the hard yards as well.

Grainne Quinn scored three elegant points, with two gems in the first half.

Yet further goals from Kelly and Kehoe put the cream on the strawberries.

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