Wexford 1-4 Cavan 3-19

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( Michael Forde Leinster PRO )
Wexford 1-4 Cavan 3-19

Wexford and Cavan went head to head on Sunday last in the Bord Gais Energy division 3 semi final in O’Toole Park, Dublin. Wexford came in to this game on the back of a six point win over Fermanagh (2-12 to 1-9 ) in round seven, their reward was a place in the semi-final against table toppers Cavan, the Breffni side were unbeaten in the National football league to date, so it was a tall enough order for the Model County, to get a win from this game.
Cavan hit the ground running and had opened an eight point lead by the end of the first quarter, Wexfords Meabh Hughes was unlucky not to register a goal in the twelfth minute when she flicked on a dropping ball that was heading to the back of Karen Baxters goal, put her effort was cleared off the line.
Fiona Rochford notched up Wexfords first score in the twenty third minute, the St. Annes club player’s accurate free kick raising the white flag, three minute later Marcella Cullen added a second point, but even at this stage of the game the outlook was looking bleak for the Wexford side.
Cavan were in unstoppable form, going in at the break twelve points clear 1-11 to 0-2, their goal coming from the boot of player of the match and Cavans top scorer Bronagh Sheridan.
Cavan were first out on the pitch for the restart, with the Wexford side pushing the allotted interval time to the limit. The Breffni’s started were they had left off with Grainne Smith firing over a point, two minute later Wexford were awarded a penalty, that was coolly slotted to the right of Karen Baxter by Wexfords number eleven Tara Maloney, Maloney added a further two points in as many minutes to bring her personal tally to one goal and two points for the game.
The score of the game came in the thirty fifth minute, Cavan’s Aisling Doonan driving over a long free kick from an acute angle, to widen the gap to eleven points, and minute later Wexford keeper Mary Rose Kelly went face to face with Bronagh Sheridan for the second Cavan penalty of the game, Kelly was unable to stop Sheridan low drive from hitting the back of the Wexford net, in fairness to the Wexford keeper, she pulled off a number of excellent and brave saves through out the game to deny the Cavan forwards certain goals.
As the game moved in to the final quarter, the curtain was slowly closing on Wexford’s NFL campaign for this season, Cavan showed no mercy romping home comfortable winners with twenty one points to spare.
Wexford must regroup and prepare for the Leinster Junior Championship, where they will face either Offaly or Wicklow in the semi final.
Pat Quill , President of the ladies Gaelic Football Association Presented Bronagh Sheridan with the Bord Gais Energy player of the match trophy.

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