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Friday 17 August 2018

Wexford's Una keeps up family tradition

Wexford were worthy winners of the Gala All-Ireland senior camogie title for the first time since 2007 at Croke Park yesterday thanks to a 1-12 to 1-10 win over Galway.

Defeat in the intermediate final thwarted the Slaneysiders' big double ambitions, but their seniors added the championship to this year's league crown and, with their fifth title, proved that their victory three years ago was no one-hit wonder.

And one Wexford family was able to celebrate its own unique double, as Una Leacy lifted the O'Duffy Cup to match her equally brilliant older sister Mary, who captained them in 2007.

Daughters of Margaret O'Leary, who herself made camogie's 'Team of the Century', the Leacy girls led by example again yesterday when Wexford's seven-point half-time lead dwindled to just two, after they conceded a silly goal just as the game moved into injury-time.

"It's the best feeling in the world, I never thought this would happen," said Una Leacy after equalling her older sister's achievement.

But the centre-forward, whose barnstorming surging runs did so much to open up Galway's defence in the first half, admitted that there were times during that second-half siege when she got flashbacks to their last victory.

"It was very like the 2007 final; we got off to a brilliant start again and were under pressure in the second half. But thankfully that's two years we're after holding out now.

"Our defence stood out all year. You couldn't ask for tighter or more dependable backs; they've given everything," Leacy enthused.

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