Wexford 2-12 Antrim 0-15
Jane Adams scored a magnificent 13 points but that still was not enough as Wexford built on a quick start to win the All-Ireland intermediate camogie title today.
Adams was an inspirational figure for the Saffrons, but her heroic efforts were in vain as Wexford’s superior overall scoring threat was just about enough to get them over the line.
The winners had a dream start when Ciara O’Connor beat two defenders before hand-passing beyond Mairéad Graham in the eighth minute.
Less than 60 seconds later, Wexford had a second major as Fiona Rochford capitalised on some poor defending to send a first-time ground shot to the net. Louise Codd pointed soon after and it was plain sailing for the Yellowbellies.
Adams finally got Antrim off the mark with a 14th minute free and with the rearguard tightening up considerably after those early lapses, they had the margin down to three as their skipper added five points to leave them trailing 2-3 to 0-6 at half time.
Wexford resumed in determined fashion to stretch their lead to seven as Linda Bolger, Síona Nolan and Tracey Nolan all shot a brace of points each.
It might have been even more promising as Bolger was bundled over by Graham for a 39th minute penalty but Síona Nolan’s drive was deflected over the bar.
Adams continued to drive her side on from centre-forward and when placed ball opportunities were presented, the skipper made no mistake.
Four points in as many minutes, including two in the 57th by Michael Convery and Charlene Hamill, left three points between them again.
It was Adams who was involved in a last gasp bid to foil Wexford, as she was hauled down just outside the square.
Her resultant free was blocked and cleared though, and Wexford held on for a deserved victory.
Wexford: C O’Connor 1-3(0-1f); F Rochford 1-1; S Nolan (1 pen), L Codd, L Bolger, T Nolan 0-2 each
Antrim: J Adams 0-13 (8fs, 2 45s); M Convery, C Hamill 0-1 each
Wexford: H Jacob; C Atkinson, B Holohan, F Doran; L O’Leary, Á Codd, L Bolger; S Kehoe, S Nolan; L Codd, B Curran, S Redmond; C O’Connor, F Rochford, L Bolger. Subs: T Nolan for Curran (43); S Kehoe for L Codd (54)
Antrim: M Graham; C Carey, A Martin, A McCall; B Orchin, E Connolly, A Jackson; C Doherty, R Torney; M Convery, N McGuinness, C Hamill; K McAleese, J Adams, L McAleese. Subs: M McGourty for L McAleese (23); O O’Hara for K McAleese (36); L McMullan for McCall inj (46)
Referee: J Dolan (Clare).