LADIES HOCKEY – Leinster win for Wexford

Wexford Ladies' Hockey First Team.

Wexford’s ladies’ hockey first team got off to a great start in Leinster Division 4 after grinding out a 2-1 win against Pembroke Wanderers 4s in Serpentine Avenue, Dublin, last Saturday.
It is the club’s second year playing Leinster Hockey, having been promoted from Division 5 last season.
There was plenty of back and forth play in the opening quarter of an hour as both teams found their rhythm again after the summer break.
Wexford pushed forward well and had some close chances through Miriam Lambert, Laura Gibney and Muireann McCarthy while, at the back, the defence of Avril Jones, Anna Corcoran, Sinead McDonnell and Ciara McGrath tightly policed the Pembroke forwards.
Wexford’s pressure paid off as, on the stroke of half time, they won a short corner. From McDonnell’s injection, Lambert drilled in a hard shot which McDonnell got the final touch on, putting them one-up going into the break.
Wexford’s second goal came shortly after play resumed when some well-worked movement between Muireann McCarthy and Catherina Corcoran on the wing released a ball through to Lambert in the circle, who took the ball through a tackle, before slotting it past the advancing keeper.
Pembroke upped the ante for the remainder of the second half and, after some confusion in the Wexford circle, tapped the ball into the bottom corner of the goal, to bring the score to 2-1.
Wexford defended fiercely for the next 20 minutes with midfielders Ciara Pettitt, Leonie Grant and McCarthy dropping back to provide cover.
On a warm day, the extended panel proved crucial with Joanne Grant and Sally Bruen offering alternative attacking options up front, and Clodagh Walsh giving solid cover in the backs.
Pembroke came close to nabbing an equaliser with ten minutes to go, and keeper Anna Hayes was forced to make a sliding save on the end line.
Solid defending prevailed, under tremendous pressure, and Wexford ground out their first win for the new season.
Wexford’s next game is away to Trinity College 2s on Saturday.
Team: Anna Hayes, Avril Jones, Anna Corcoran, Sinead McDonnell, Ciara McGrath, Leonie Grant, Ciara Pettitt, Muireann McCarthy, Laura Gibney, Miriam Lambert, Catherina Corcoran, Joanne Grant, Clodagh Walsh, Sally Bruen.

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