Wexford 1sts had a home game in Enniscorthy and lined out against Dublin’s Muckross in Division 4 of the Leinster League.
Wexford’s promotional chances were back on track after UCD lost their league game earlier in the day so Wexford knew going into the game a win would see them go to second place in the league table going into the final few games of the season. Their opponents Muckross needed a win to help them avoid the relegation places. With the stakes high for both sides, the game was played with ferocious pace and Wexford had to be patient and disciplined throughout. The ball travelled from end to end with both teams putting in an excellent defensive display. Sinead Dempsey operated directly from the sweeper position and was arguably Wexford’s player of the match putting in some crucial tackles and clearing the lines with superb skill. Flanked either side by Joanne Grant, Ciara O’Neill, and Ciara McGrath, Wexford’s defence stood up to the challenge of Muckross. Emer O’Rourke slotted in seamlessly to the Wexford defensive line when called upon throughout the game.
Both sides had scoring chances but couldn’t convert until Wexford’s Miriam lambert was deemed to have been fouled heading towards goal and a penalty corner was awarded. The corner was taken and the direct shot from Lambert was initially saved by the Muckross keeper but Ruth Bowe was quickest off the mark for Wexford as she pounced on the rebound and sent the ball to the back of the net. Wexford went in at half time 1-0 in front.
The second half continued in a similar vein with both sides giving it their all. Ciara Pettit, Muireann McCarthy, and Sinead McDonnell worked tirelessly in midfield clocking up the miles. Wexford’s forward line of Louise Fanning, Ruth Bowe, Catriona Corcoran, and Sally Bruen were unlucky not to add scores but credit must go to Muckross who defended admirably.
The weather change later in the game to one of wind and rain turned this match into a scrappy affair, which was probably not the easiest for coach Dave Williamson to watch. Despite having 10 short corners Muckross just could not beat Wexford’s keeper Fiona Buttle and her backline. The game ended 1-0 to Wexford.
Wexford have a break next weekend with no game scheduled.
Wexford; Fiona Buttle, Sinead Dempsey, Ciara McGrath, Ciara O’Neill, Joanne Grant, Sinead McDonnell, Ciara Pettit, Muireann McCarthy, Miriam Lambert, Louise Fanning, Ruth Bowe, Catriona Corcoran, Sally Bruen, Emer O’Rourke