LIMERICK camogie suffered a heart-breaking 3-9 to 0-11 defeat to Wexford in round three of the All Ireland senior championship on Saturday evening.
The adage that “goals win games” was proved true once again on Saturday as, despite a strong performance, Wexford’s goal threat was too much as Limerick fell to their second defeat in the group stages of the 2015 Liberty Insurance Camogie Championship.
Playing with a strong breeze, Limerick lead at the break by 0-5 to 0-4. They had slightly the better of exchanges in what was a tightly contested half and could have been further ahead but for a number of wides contributed to by the swirling breeze.
Wexford came out of the blocks in the second half posting 1-3 without reply in the first 10 minutes, including a goal from player-of-the-match Kate Kelly, to open a five point lead. Limerick have shown great character in this campaign so far and this match was to be no different as they came back strongly with points from Rebecca Delee, Caoimhe Lyons, Niamh Mulcahy and Caoimhe Costelloe to close the gap to a single point. Caoimhe had also taken over the free-taking duties from Niamh Mulcahy who was carrying a hand injury from the Cork match.
The Limerick revival was driven by a strong defensive display, with captain Sarah Carey dominating at centre-back and Lorraine McCarthy, Fiona Hickey and Judith Mulcahy all clearing crucial ball to keep the pressure on Wexford.
But Wexford had more in their locker and when, in the games turning point, Bríd Gordon broke past the Limerick defence she gave Limerick keeper Síle Moynihan no chance as she hit the back of the net to restore Wexford’s lead.
Wexford were to add a third goal from a Kate Kelly penalty to seal the win as it was not to be Limerick’s day. Limerick have a bye in the fourth round which gives them time to regroup and prepare for their final group game against 2013 All-Ireland champions Galway in two weeks time.
SCORERS - Limerick: Niamh Mulcahy 0-5 (3 frees), Caoimhe Costelloe 0-4 (3 frees), Rebecca Delee and Caoimhe Lyons 0-1 each
LIMERICK: Síle Moynihan (Ahane), Marguerite McCarthy (Ahane), Lorraine McCarthy (Bruff), Judith Mulcahy (Ahane), Rebecca Delee (Newcastle West), Sarah Carey (Granagh-Ballingarry), Fiona Hickey (Granagh-Ballingarry), Aoife Sheehan (Granagh-Ballingarry), Caoimhe Costelloe (Adare), Deborah Murphy (Knockderry), Niamh Mulcahy (Ahane), Caoimhe Lyons (Monaleen), Karen O’Leary (Newcastle West), Rebecca Noonan (Granagh-Ballingarry), Sinéad McNamara (Na Piarsaigh). Sub: Megan O’Mara (Monaleen) for Rebecca Noonan (24mins).