Wexford see off Dublin in camogie semi-final
Louise O’Hara goal not enough for capital to make gains
Wexford’s Lisa Bolger with Brid Gordon of Dublin during the All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship semi-final at Cullen Park, Carlow. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho.
All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship semi-final
A blustery wind made conditions difficult for both sides in Carlow early on and Wexford coped better initially. Stacey Kehoe got them off the mark early on and then set up Katrina Parrock with a lovely flick for a another score.
Úna Sinnott profited from some good vision by player of the match Kate Kelly to open up a three-point gap.
Dublin had a goal disallowed for a square ball but Ali Maguire opened their account from a free. Yet it was Wexford finding it easier to pick off scores as Kelly lofted three points on the way to a personal tally of eight, including one majestic effort from near the sideline on the 45-metre line to open up a 0-7 to 0-3 half-time lead.
Kelly extended the advantage by two but Dublin upped their intensity and it took two last-ditch interventions from Siona Nolan and Ciara Storey to deny them a goal.
Gradually, they began chipping away at the deficit, aided by two pointed frees by Aisling Maher. Showing tremendous character, they kept pushing hard and when Alan Lagrue awarded a 20-metre free four minutes from time, Louise O’Hara sent a rocket to the net to leave a point between the sides,0-11 to 1-7.
Wexford showed all their experience though and, while Dublin had one opportunity to equalise from a free, it was Colm McGee’s crew that saw out the game with points from the ultra-reliable Kelly and skipper, Shelley Kehoe.
The other semi-final, between Cork and Kilkenny, has been pushed back 24 hours until Sunday, August 16th, to facilitate Cork’s dual players, with the women’s football team scheduled to play on the day before. Venues and times for both games are to be confirmed.