Wexford Well Worth Their Win In Last Night’s Leinster Minor Camogie Semi Final
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.
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.
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
14. Anais Curren 1-11 (8f)
23. Katie Smith 1-00
11. Lettie Whelan 0-01
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
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)
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
23. Katie Smith for 15. Ciara Banville (HT)