Wexford had a tough first outing in the Leinster Championship in Kinnity, Offaly on Sunday as they suffered defeat at the hands of the home side. Offaly started strong and scored 2-1 within the first ten minutes. Wexford were slow to start, but got off the mark with a goal from Ciara O’ Connor after 10 mins followed by a couple of points, which lifted the Wexford women. Molly Power was first on target for the model girls after 15mins followed by Lettie Whelan which left it 2-2 to 1-2 with twenty minutes gone. A goal from MIkaela Lanigan on 25mins drew the sides level, as Oonagh Barden was replaced by Imogen Fanning. However a last minute 1st half free for Offaly gave them a point margin at half time 2-3 to 2-2.
Wexford started the second half strongly as a quick three points from Nora Higgins, Lettie Whelan and Kate Devereux but these were followed almost immediately by 2 goals and 6 unanswered points from Offaly. Nora Higgins slotted over Wexford’s last score of the game before Offaly finished the match with another brace. It was a tough day for the girls, but they will knuckle down and regroup before they host Kilkenny at home next Sunday.
Wexford team: EIMER BYRNE, AISLING HALLIGAN, LARA CONRAN,MAURA O ROURKE,KAITLYNN WHELAN KINSELLA, ANNA HENNESSEY, ALANNAH DAVIS,ELLA O CONNOR, SARAH HARDING KENNY, NORA HIGGINS, LETTIE WHELAN, MOLLY POWER, CIARA O CONNOR, MIKAELA LANIGAN, HANNAH KEATING, KATE DEVEREUX, OONAGH BARDON, CIARA BRIDGES, EMMA SINNOTT, MOGEN FANNING, ANNA MULLIGAN, ORLA FORTUNE, ORLA FITZGERALD, EMMA SWEENEY, CORA DOYLE, SAOIRSE DUNNE, CAITLIN CARROLL, HANNAH QUIRKE, ANAIS CURRAN.
OFFALY TEAM: ELLEN GILGAN, ROISIN DALY, AMY BYRNE, TRUDY FEENANE, HELEN HEALY, DARA HANAMY, KAITLYN KENNEDY, LOUISE SAVAGE, RACHEL OBRIEN, KATE BERGIN, HANNAH LARKIN, LOUISE MANNION, SARAH KEHOE, KATE KENNY, ORLA MAHER.