Wexford win tight tussle

Armagh 0-16 Wexford 1-14

It was a heart-breaking loss for the Armagh Camogie team in round two of the National League as they were just edged out by one point.

A first half goal was ultimately the winning score for the away side, who started off the brighter of the two teams.

Armagh competed brilliantly to get back into contention and it was two substitutes that really got them back into the game.

Michelle McArdle entered the fray and got on serious ball around the middle while Colette McSorley rattled over three second half points from full-forward.

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The Donnelly sisters Leanne and Ciara both pointed early on as Wexford built a 0-5 to 0-2 lead before the 10th minute.

Captain Ciara Donnelly slotted over a free to close the gap, but Wexford were really on top at this stage and struck three unanswered scores.

Mattie Lennon’s side came roaring back into the contest, led by their full forward Orlagh Murray who hit two points and set up another for Leanne Donnelly.

The Eglish woman brought her personal tally two three after receiving an excellent long puck out from net-minder Ciarrai Devlin.

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Wexford struck back just as Armagh were on top to widen the margin with the games only goal to go ahead by four.

Two points was the difference as the short whistle sounded, with Armagh trailing 1-8 to 0-9 heading into the break.

Once again, the Model County started excellently after the restart with two quick fire points to regain a four-point lead.

Armagh were far from finished and the accuracy of Ciara Donnelly from the dead ball along with the introduction of McSorley brought the sides back on level terms.

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Wexford nudged ahead with their first score in ten minutes from a pointed free heading into the second water break.

Donnelly again raised a white flag from a placed ball before a superb save from Devlin set off another Armagh attack.

Michelle McArdle burst out of the defence and found McSorley who swung over one of the points of the game, and more importantly put Armagh in front.

Wexford recorded three of the last four scores however and that was enough to seem them through this pulsating encounter.

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McSorley did clip over her third of the afternoon to level the game, but Wexford had the final say with the last point of the day.

Mattie Lennon will be disappointed with the result but he can be proud of his sides performance and battling spirit.

Armagh displayed a ‘never say die’ attitude that helped keep them in touch with a talent Wexford outfit and showed their quality.

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