A Dublin Camogie player in a sky blue jersey, navy skort and black and green helmet and a Wexford players in a purple and gold jersey and purple skort battle for the ball in the Leinster Minor Camogie semi final

Wexford Well Worth Their Win In Last Night’s Leinster Minor Camogie Semi Final

 

Dublin 1-08

Wexford 2-12

 

The Wexford Minor team proved too good for Dublin last night in the Leinster Minor camogie championship semi final.

One player in particular Anais Curren had a field day and Dublin just couldn’t get to grips with her, she went on to score 1-11 in Parnells GAA club in Coolock.

Wexford started this Leinster Minor camogie game brightly and were two points to no score in front after six minutes, the points coming from Anais Curren who converted a free and nice point from open play by Lettie Whelan.

Dublin got there first score of the game in the 8th minute from a fine effort from Hollyn Kennedy.

But Wexford were dominating possession and running at Dublin in waves and as a result the girls in blue were guilty of giving away numerous frees in the scoring zone.

Wexford’s Anais Curren gleefully accepted the Dublin indiscretions and swung over three frees in a row between the 10th and 14th minute.

The game then went into a barren scoring spell as both teams battled to work the ball shooting positions.

It got worse for Dublin in the 21st minute when they conceded a penalty, up stepped Anais Curren but her shot at goal was saved and put out for a 45’ which Curren swung over the bar.

The Wexford number 14 added another point to her ever growing total with six minutes to go to the break.

At this stage it looked like the girls in purple and gold were going to put the game out of Dublin’s reach before the short whistle.

A Dublin Camogie player in a sky blue jersey, navy skort and white helmet hand passes the ball between two Wexford players in purple and gold jerseys, purple skorts and red and black helmets in the Leinster Minor camogie semi final

But in the 28th minute Dublin got a bit of luck, a free from distance by Aoife Mahon looked to be just dropping short, a plethora of players swung their hips at the ball, it missed the all and snuck into the net.

It was the break Dublin needed and as the game entered injury time Sinead Wylde struck a lovely point to leave just two between the teams.

But Wexford broke straight up the other end and once again Dublin conceded an unnecessary free which the ever accurate Anais Curren converted to leave the score at half time 0-08 to 1-02.

Dublin needed a quick start to the second half and they got it, but two poor wides inside the opening two minutes halted their momentum.

Wexford has introduced Katie Smith after the break and Smiths and Curren’s direct running caused the Dubs rearguard endless problems.

An excellent point from Anais Curren put four points between the teams. Dublin though were seeing more of the ball than they had in the opening thirty minutes.

The home side reduced the deficit with two points in a row from Gaby Couch and Hollyn Kennedy and it looked like it was game on.

But second half sub Katie Smith made her presence felt when she finished to the net after a mazy run through the Dublin defence.

The girls in blue did create a number of scoring chances to pull themselves back into the game but three wides in a row all but ended a comeback.

With three minutes of normal time left Anais Curren converted her seventh free of the game and she finished off another defence splitting run by finding the back of the net in the 59th minute.

There were multiple stoppages for injuries in the second half which resulted in nine minutes of extra time played.

In fairness to Dublin they have it a right go in those extra minutes, Sinead Wylde and Anais Curren swapped frees and the Dubs reduced the deficit with three on the bounce, Niamh Gannon with a sweet point from play was followed with two converted frees from Sinead Wylde.

That left two goals between the sides as the final whistle rapidly approached. But the star of the game Anais Curren made sure there would be no fairytale comeback for the sky blues and hit the insurance point and Wexford deservedly claimed the win.

It’s not over for Dublin though as they will contest the Leinster Minor camogie shield final next Sunday.

 

Dublin Scorers:

 

11. Sinead Wylde 0-04 (3f )

9. Aoife Mahon 1-00 (1-00f)

13. Hollyn Kennedy 0-02

8. Niamh Gannon 0-01

10. Gaby Couch 0-01

 

Wexford Scorers:

 

14. Anais Curren 1-11 (8f)

23. Katie Smith 1-00

11. Lettie Whelan 0-01

 

Dublin:

 

1. Maeve Bogan

2. Siofra Byrne

3. Hannah Leddy

4. Siun Keating

5. Megan Carroll

6. Orla Gray

7. Celine Atancio

8. Niamh Gannon

9. Aoife Mahon

10. Gaby Couch

11. Sinead Wylde

12. Derbhla Nolan

13. Hollyn Kennedy

14. Chloe Mullen

15. Jessie McClelland

 

Substitutes:

 

17. Anna Geraghty for 13. Hollyn Kennedy (46th Min)

22. Kim Hickey for 12. Derbhla Nolan (47th Min)

18. Olivia Meagher for 9. Aoife Mahon (55th Min)

 

Wexford:

 

1. Grainne McCabe

2. Elaine Quigley

3. Anna Hennessy

4. Aisling Halligan

5. Laura Doran

6. Sarah Harding Kenny

7. Alannah Davis

8. Megan Cullen

9. Kate Kirwan

10. Ciara O’Connor

11. Lettie Whelan

12. Lauren Murphy

13. Ailish Neville

14. Anais Curren

15. Ciara Banville

 

Substitutes:

 

23. Katie Smith for 15. Ciara Banville (HT)