Inspired keeper Kelly ensures Wexford hold on

New York 1-10 Wexford 1-12
Marie Byrne’s first-half goal and a brilliant performance from goalkeeper Mary Rose Kelly were the key factors in Wexford’s victory over New York in yesterday’s TG4 All-Ireland Ladies JFC final at Croke Park.

Croke Park had not been a happy hunting ground for Wexford ladies but all that heartbreak was washed away when Clara Donnelly held the West County Hotel Cup aloft in the Hogan Stand

Byrne netted in the 23rd minute, sending a rising drive beyond Nora Kilkenny, but at the other end Kelly was the star of the show.

She denied Linda McKeon and Courtney Traynor with a double save in the 38th minute but the pick of her stops was a wonderful tip-over from Alisha Jordan’s blistering drive 10 minutes from time.

Kelly also did well with four minutes remaining to keep out Mary ‘Molly’ O’Rourke’s shot and while New York pulled a goal back through Traynor late on, Wexford held on as excellent corner-forward Chantelle Martin kicked her fourth point.

Wexford’s dual star Fiona Rochford dragged an early penalty wide, after Niamh Moore was fouled when in the process of shooting, an offence that led to a sin-binning for New York’s Caitlín Hynes.

But Wexford still led 1-6 to 0-5 at half-time and looked well on course for victory when they led by six points twice in the second half.

They suffered an early second-half blow when Marica Cullen was sin-binned for persistent fouling but New York couldn’t capitalise on their numerical advantage.

Scorers for New York: C Traynor 1-2, M O’Rourke 0-5 (3f), A Jordan 0-2, L McCullagh 0-1.

Scorers for Wexford: C Martin & K Redmond (3f), 0-4 each, M Byrne 1-0, R Murphy, N Moore, E O’Brien & N Cloake-Rochford 0-1 each.

NEW YORK: N Kilkenny; A O’Rourke, J Moran, C Rafferty; C Hynes, S Tierney, C Scally; L McKeon, L McCullagh; K Donohue, B Tierney, A Jordan; E Clarke, M O’Rourke, C Traynor.

Subs: I Mullarkey for Rafferty (16), M Brady for Tierney (24).

WEXFORD: M Kelly; L Casey, M Cullen, M Doyle; S Kehoe, C McCabe, C Neville; R Murphy, C Donnelly; N Moore, M Byrne, E O’Brien; K Redmond, F Rochford, C Martin.

Subs: N Cloake Rochford for Casey (25), N Butler for Murphy (h-t.), J Coakley for Byrne (53), K Kearney for Neville (57).

Referee: Y Duffy (Cavan).



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