Wexford 4-4 Meath 4-16

Wexford 4-4 Meath 4-16

Wexford played host to the Royal county on Saturday last, and as they say points win prizes, the model county were unable to match Meaths accurate point taking on this occasion.
Meaths captain Rebecca Considine won the toss, and elected to take ful advantage of a strong breeze, the royals notching up four goals and eleven points to Wexfords three goals and one point at the break.
While Wexfords number thirteen Sonja Murphy raised the green flag on three occasions in the half, the model county's number one Elaine Power pulled off a number of excellent saves in the first half to deny Meaths Kellie Allen, Laura Gilson, and Aisling O'Reilly certain goals.
Wexford got off to a dream start when Sonja Murphy slotted the ball past Meaths net minder Samantha Monaghan with in two minutes of the throw-in, however Meaths top scorer on the day Aisling O'Reilly with a tally of 2-7, opened her account and cancelled out Murphy's score just as the minute hand past the two minute mark on referee Dave McCabes watch.
For the remainder of the first half Wexford battled hard to gain entry into Meaths half of the field, but a combination of a strong wind and a determined Meath midfield, the purple and gold were unable to get a much needed foothold in the game.
Despite playing against a strong breeze in the second half, Meaths Aisling O'Reilly tapped over two points, while Bridget Lynch and Laura Gilson added one apiece before Wexfords Katie Redmond replied for the home side at the end of the third quarter.
With just fifteen minutes left on the clock and thirteen points between the sides in Meaths favour, the Wexfords girls had a mountain to climb if they were to get any thing from this encounter, and while many teams would have given up the chase, the Wexford girls battled on notching up a further three points, while their number fifteen Aisling O'Reilly hit the back of the Meath net.
But the Royal countys account was well in the black at this stage of the game, and they could afford to take their foot off the gas going in to the final quarter of the game, running out comfortable winners with twelve points to spare when ref Dave McCabe blew for full time.
Meath: Samantha Monaghan, Aine Fagan, Helen Lawless, Aideen Smith, Rebecca Considine (Capt), Breda O'Sullivan, Kelly Allen, Siobhan Sheridan, Bladhnaid Keogh (0-1), Megan O'Brien (0-1), Vivienne McCormack, Laura Gilson (0-4), Ailbhe McHugh (1-0), Bridget Lynch (1-3), Aisling O'Reilly(2-7). Subs: Mary Daly for Aisling O'Reilly, Lisa Young for Vivienne McCormack, Orla Duff for Helen Lawless, Niamh Collins for Aideen Smith, Aisling McLoughlin for Ailbhe McHugh, Maire O'Shaughnessy For Siohhan Sheridan.
Wexford: Elaine Power, Brid Doyle, Brid Breen, Orla Donoghue,Grace Cardiff, Evelyn Power(Capt), Katy Caulfield, Aisling Murphy, Clara Donnelly, Mairead Sheehan, Kelly Ann Kearney (0-1), Sarah Roche, Sonja Murphy (3-0), Ellen Kelly(0-1), Jean Devoy (1-0).Subs: Ellie Cawley for Orla Donoghue, Edel Cambell for Kelly Ann Kearney, Katie Redmond (0-2) for Sarah Roche, Roisin Moran for Evelyn Power.
Referee: Dave McCabe (Dublin).
Mick Forde
Leinster PRO.

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