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Dublin record historic victory to set up All-Ireland Semi-Final date with Kilkenny

Saturday 5th September 2017 will go down in history for Dublin camogie as they produced a superb performance to overcome Wexford in the All-Ireland quarter final. By defeating Wexford on a score line of 1-16 to 0-12 Dublin booked their place in an All-Ireland semi-final for the first time in 27 years. An ecstatic Dublin team and management took the time at the end of the game to celebrate their great achievement and savour the moment with their dedicated followers who had made the journey to Semple Stadium in Thurles. Despite going into the game as underdogs Dublin showed great maturity and class to see off a Wexford side who went into quarter final with 3 wins from 4 in the group stages.

Wexford started brightly with 2 points in the opening minute from twins Shelly and Stacey Kehoe. Their forward lines were moving well and a Chloe Foxe free after 5 minutes extended their lead. Dublin didn’t panic and stuck to the task in hand and Aisling Maher who was excellent throughout pointed a free in the 8th minute to register their first score. Four more points without reply from Maher (2), Siobhan Kehoe and a great score from wing back Hannah Hegarty put Dublin 2 points in front after 17 minutes. Stacey Kehoe pointed for Wexford in the 18th minute but amazingly this was to be Wexford’s final score of the opening half as Dublin continued to impress. Dublin midfielder Eimear McCarthy was dominated in midfield and had 2 first half points to give Dublin a half time lead of 9 points to 4. Una Leacy who was well marshalled throughout the hour by fullback and Dublin captain Eve O’Brien was fouled on the stroke of half time as she was heading toward goal. Corner back Sarah O’Connor came up to take the penalty but her well struck shot was superbly saved by keeper Faye McCarthy. McCarthy who was awarded player of the match after the game pulled off two more excellent saves in the second half while also scoring 2 spectacular long range frees. Aisling Maher kept Dublin in the lead against the wind with points from frees and open play while Wexford free taker Chloe Foxe registered 3 early second half points to keep Wexford in touch. Substitute Linda Bolger made an immediate impact when she came off the bench and her

point in the 45th minute began a Wexford fightback. Shelly Kehoe who was Wexford’s main threat in attack scored 3 points in succession to reduce Dublin’s lead to just 3 points, 14 points to 11 with 12 minutes remaining. Then came the crucial score of the game. A long delivery by Dublin was dropped by the Wexford keeper and wing forward Ali Twomey was quickest to react flicking the ball to the net. Two minutes later Twomey pointed before Faye McCarthy completed Dublin’s scoring with a free from distance. Despite Wexford’s best efforts in the dying moments they could not get the goal they badly needed as Grainne Quinn and co stood firm in defence.

Player of the Game

Aisling Maher was terrific throughout scoring 7 points (5fs) and also coming out the field to help her side in the later stages of the game but Faye McCarthy takes the plaudits with her top class saves and 2 long range frees that were crucial to Dublin’s win.

Wexford: N Fortune, S O’Connor 0-1f, C Storey, K Atkinson, S Nolan, M Leacy, A Lacey, B Gordon, A Cardiff, Stacey Kehoe 0-2, Shelly Kehoe 0-3, C Foxe 0-4(2fs, 1 45), Ú Leacy 0-1f, J Dillon, E Walsh. Subs: S Sinnott for Atkinson inj (23); L Bolger 0-1 for Foxe (40), Ú Sinnott for Cardiff (45)

Dublin: F McCarthy 0-2f, E M Elliott, E O’Brien, G Quinn, H Hegarty 0-1, A Carolan, A Woods, M Twomey, E McCarthy 0-2, A Twomey 1-2, A Maguire, E McGovern 0-1, E Flanagan, A Maher 0-7 (5fs), S Kehoe 0-1. Subs: C Donnelly for Maguire (ht), M Moynihan for McGovern (50)

Referee: C Egan (Cork)

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