Kilkenny was ten points ahead early in the second half but Wexford clip Kittens claw to come back and draw in round one of the Glen Dimplex Senior Camogie championship
The reigning All-Ireland champions got the defense of their title underway at UPMC Nowlan Park on Saturday evening last as they welcomed Wexford in the first round. Wexford started the game lively and could have had a goal within thirty seconds of the game. They soon did raise a green flag when Shelly Kehoe latched onto a ball to fire home.
Kilkenny had their purple patch in the first half and got to grips with Wexford shortly after the goal. While they didn’t threaten Laura Brennan in goal, they did score some very nice points and kept the scoreboard ticking over, and went into the break four points ahead 0-12 to 1-5.
Kilkenny started the second half at a blistering pace and was rewarded within the first minute. Kellyann Doyle picked up a ball in the Wexford half of the field before going on a dazzling run, she had options on either side of her as her sister Aoife and Julieann Malone had made space and waited for the pass to come, Doyle decided to pass to Malone who blasted the ball to the net. A perfect start for the Kittens and this was followed up with three points to leave ten between the teams by the 37th minute 1-15 to 1-5.
Linda Bolger got in for Wexford’s second goal after she rounded the Kilkenny backs to slot the ball home past Aoife Norris, this reduced the margin to seven points and started what was a magnificent comeback from the yellow bellies
With thirty minutes on the clock and with Kilkenny still four points ahead, a long ball into the square was met by the stick of Áine Lacey who came on as a second-half sub, she somehow managed to get the ball past Aoife Norris in the Kilkenny goal, the stands were shocked and now just one point was between the teams.
Ciara O’Connor who picked up the Player of the Match award got the equaliser for Wexford almost seven minutes into injury time. It was no more than Wexford deserved, Kilkenny hadn’t scored in the last ten minutes of the game. It’s a great result for Wexford but for Kilkenny, it’s two points lost.