Laois 1-9 Wexford 7-19
National Camogie League Division 2 Round 2
Wexford proved far too strong for Laois in O’Moore Park this afternoon – sending the hosts to a relegation playoff.
The visitors were winning senior All-Ireland titles as recently as 2012 and their class showed as they won with ease to reach the semi finals.
Laois will now face a relegation playoff with one of the other sides who finished bottom of the other groups.
Whoever loses that game will be relegated to Division 3 while the winner will retain their league status for another year.
Laois got off to a dreadful start as Wexford scored a goal with almost their first attack through Aoife Guiney.
They added a brace of points before Laois finally got off the mark through Aimee Collier.
The Camross forward was Laois’s top scorer on the day but Wexford’s half forward line all pointed before she did so again.
Clodagh Tynan then slotted a long range free and just before the first water break, Laois grabbed a goal.
Tynan’s long ball broke near the square and Grainne Hyland got a boot to it to leave it 1-8 to 1-3.
Collier added another free on the resumption but Laois’s revival was short lived as Ellen Roche converted a penalty and they added further points to lead 2-11 to 1-4 at half time.
Collier continued to add frees for Laois in the second half but Wexford added two more goals through Katriona Parrock and Katie Kirwan.
They led 4-15 to 1-6 at the final water break and sub Emma Dempsey helped herself to 2-2 after that to put a real gloss on the scoreline for the winners.
A tough day for Laois but there will be more important games to come in the weeks ahead.
SCORERS – Laois: Aimee Collier 0-7 (all frees), Grainne Hyland 1-0, Clodagh Tynan 0-1 (one free), Cathy Galbraith 0-1 Wexford: Aoife Guiney and Emma Dempsey 2-2 each, Ellen Roche and Katie Kirwan 1-2 each, Anais Curran 0-5 (one free), Katriona Parrock 1-0, Orla Sinnott 0-2, Joanne Dillon 0-1, Leah Walsh 0-1, Sarah O’Connor 0-1, Linda Bolger 0-1
LAOIS: Aedin Lowry; Sarah Fleming, Roisin Kilmartin, Katie Dunican; Laura Finlay, Clodagh Tynan, Sarah Creagh; Jessie Quinlan, Casey Conroy; Amy Byrne, Aimee Collier, Sarah Cuddy; Laura Marie Maher, Grainne Hyland, Cathy Galbraith. Subs: Kirsten Keenan for Byrne and Liaden C-Fennell for Fleming (both 35), Niamh Coss for Cuddy and Karla Whelan for Finlay (both 45), Rachel Bergin for Dunican (58)
WEXFORD: Laura Brennan; Anne Hennessy, Anne Lacey, Louise O’Leary; Katie O’Connor, Sarah O’Connor, Orla Sinnott; Ciara O’Connor, Amy Cardiff; Katie Kirwan, Anais Curran, Leah Walsh; Katrina Parrock, Aoife Guiney, Ellen Roche. Subs: Laura Dempsey for C O’Connor and Joanne Dillon for Roche (ht), Una Sinnott for Cardiff (43), Aoife Mahon for Brennan, Linda Bolger for Kirwan, Sarah Harding for S O’Connor, Emma Dempsey for Hennessy (all 45)
Referee: Mike Ryan (Tipperary)