Jacob's delight in back to back success

Wexford captain Ursula Jacob was in "seventh heaven" as she reflected on a third All-Ireland Senior Camogie success for Wexford in five years at Croke Park yesterday.

Wexford captain Ursula Jacob was in "seventh heaven" as she reflected on a third All-Ireland Senior Camogie success for Wexford in five years at Croke Park yesterday.

Jacob bagged 1-5 for the Slaneysiders in the decider, including an important 53rd minute goal which tied the contest, with Jacob adding two unanswered points late on to ensure the O'Duffy Cup was in Wexford's grasp for the second year in a row.

Ursula recalled the lead up to that vital goal for her side.

"I wouldn’t be known for my aerial ability but a high ball came across the square and I just said I’m going for it because I knew we weren’t going to get many chances," she said.

"The way it was going there was only six or seven minutes left. I remember putting my hand up, turning on my left-hand side and shot at the goal and thankfully it went in."

Wexford had momentum firmly on their side at this stage, with Jacob adding two late points, although she never felt comfortable until the final whistle was blown.

"I remember when I got the free to go a point up there was about two mins left and I thought, I don’t want to leave this to just one point," she said.

"Kate (Kelly) handpassed the ball and I shot and it went over. A two-point lead is dangerous because they got a couple of frees at the end but thankfully our backs cleared the line again."

Jacob's late brace of points ensured a third ever All-Ireland title for Wexford, with the Oulart the Ballagh player a part of all of those triumphs.

"They’re getting harder as we go on," she said.

"I don’t know if it’s because we’re older or what but that was as tough, if not tougher, than the other finals and it just came down to the very last puck of the game really.

"We knew in the first half we hadn’t performance as well as we could but we knew there was a good second-half in us and we kept tipping away, even when they got the goal. We kinda are resilient and it showed after that."

It was double delight for Wexford, with Ursula's sister Helena a part of the Wexford Intermediate side that captured honours earlier in the day, thanks to victory over Antrim.

"It’s probably the best day in Wexford camogie history, two great teams after winning, the intermediates after last year’s heartache," she said.

"They were unlucky to lose to Offaly last year. Their win gave us a great boost beforehand, we got the news through the dressing room and it really spurred us on.

"There’s a lot of sisters in the panel and after big games she (Helena) was the first person I wanted to go to after them winning the first game, she probably wasn’t the closest but I made a beeline for the subs bench!"

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