Wexford win All-Ireland Camogie Championship

Updated: Sunday, 12 Sep 2010 19:22

Una Lacey lifts the cup for Wexford
Una Lacey lifts the cup for Wexford

Wexford won their fifth All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship with a 1-12 to 1-10 win over Galway at Croke Park.

They held a seven points lead at half-time, but were left clinging on for survival at the end after Aisling Connolly had grabbed a late Galway goal.

A league and Championship double was completed, however, amid jubilant scenes at GAA headquarters.

Katrina Parrock hit the decisive goal late in the first half, and a six points tally from full forward Ursula Jacob made a massive contribution.

The Connacht side was too dependant for scores on the accurate Connolly, who finished with a 1-6 tally.

Wexford launched themselves into attack right from the outset, but struggled to break down a stubborn Galway defence throughout the opening quarter.

The sides were deadlocked on 0-1 each after 15 minutes, chiefly due to the defensive efforts of Sarah Dervan, Regina Glynn and Therese Manton, after Una Leacy and Galway’s Aisling Connolly had traded points.

But in the second quarter, the Leinster side started to rack up the scores, with delightful efforts from Katrina Parrock, Kate Kelly Jacob and Michelle O’Leary.

Connolly converted another free and Jessica Gill and Orla Kilkenny, with a surging point, kept the westerners in touch.

But on the half-hour, a defence-splitting move involving Kelly and Leacy ended with Parrock slotting home a goal for a 1-8 to 0-4 interval advantage.

Mary Leacy held firm at the heart of the Wexford defence as Galway pressed forward in the early stages of the second half.

But the Connacht girls missed a glorious chance when Jessica Gill’s penalty was saved by Mags D’Arcy after Gill had been fouled by Ciara Storey.

Connolly tagged on a couple of points from placed balls, but Wexford weathered the storm, and restored their seven points advantage with scores from deadly duo Parrock and Jacob.

Substitute Emma Kilkelly’s 48th minute point was only Galway’s second score from play, but the accuracy of Connolly kept them in touch.

However, the safe hands of Wexford full-back and goalkeeper D’Arcy combined to frustrate the westerners.

They did pull back a goal in the final minute when Connolly smashed a free brilliantly to the top corner of the net, but time ran out for their brave challenge.

Wexford: M D’Arcy, C O’Connor, C O’Loughlin, K Atkinson, N Lambert, M Leacy, A O’Connor, C Murphy, D Codd, K Kelly (0-2), U Leacy (0-1), M O’Leary (0-1), K Parrock (1-2), U Jacob (0-6, 3f, 1 ’45), J Dwyer.

Substitutes: C Storey for Atkinson, L Holohan for Codd

Galway: S Earner, S Tannion, S Dervan, N Kilkenny, R Glynn, A Hayes, T Manton, B Hanney, O Kilkenny (0-1), C Murray, T Maher, A Connolly (1-6, 1-4f, 0-2 ’45), T Rutledge, J Gill (0-1, f), V Curtin (0-1).

Substitutes: E Kilkelly (0-1) for Rutledge, Rutledge for Hanney, L Ryan for Murray, A Lynskey for Rutledge, H Cooney for Manton, N McGrath for Gill

Referee: K O’Brien (Dublin).