*Caoimhe Harvey holds off Ciara Banville. Photograph: Burren Eye Photography
Clare’s intermediate ladies footballers left it late to claim a win in their first encounter of the year.
Venue: Cusack Park, Ennis
Fidelma Marrinan stepped up with the all-important kick on sixty two minutes to ensure Evan Talty’s tenure as manager begin on a winning note.
Other than Marrinan’s opening point, one minute into the contest and her final strike at the death, Clare trailed the visitors.
They lined out without the injured Niamh O’Dea and impressed during the second quarter particularly. Centre-forward Ciara McCarthy kicked six points over the hour, two of which came at the end of the first half when Clare popped three scores without reply to cut the deficit to a single point at the interval.
Centre-back Tara Kelly impressed throughout for the winners while the score-taking of Wexford’s Amy Wilson also proved to be a talking point.
On Sunday, Clare travel to Tralee where they will be eager to make it two wins from two games.
Clare: Micaela Glynn (Kilmihil); Ellie O’Gorman (Kilmihil), Siofra Ní Chonaill (Doora Barefield), Orla Devitt (Eire Óg), Roisin Considine (Liscannor), Tara Kelly (Cúil Gaels), Caoimhe Harvey (West Clare Gaels) (Captain), Roisin Looney (Cooraclare), Aisling Reidy (Doora Barefield), Áine Keane (St Joseph’s Miltown Malbay), Ciara McCarthy (Kilmurry Ibrickane), Sinead Considine (Liscannor), Cliodhna Blake (Doonbeg), Fidelma Marrinan (West Clare Gaels), Laura Griffey (Burren Gaels).
Subs: Chloe Moloney (Kilmurry Ibrickane) for Griffey (HT), Grainne Nolan (Banner) for Keane (47), Carol O’Leary (NOF) for S Considine (58), Lizzy Roche (Burren Gaels) for Blake (58)
Scorers: Ciara McCarthy (0-6, 3f ), Fidelma Marrinan (0-4, 2f), Caoimhe Harvey (0-1), Chloe Moloney (0-1)
Wexford: Katie Sludds; Emma Cousins, Aisling Halligan, Loren Doyle, Shauna Murphy, Roisin Murphy (Captain), Kellie Kearney, Clara Donelly, Ciara Banville, Derbhla Doyle, Caitriona Murray, Sherene Hamilton, Amy Wilson, Aoife Cullen, Ailis Neville.
Subs: Jane Rossiter for Doyle (HT), Rachel Bennett for Cullen (38), Juliet Rochford for Murphy (50), Niamh Moore for Cousins (50)
Scorers: Amy Wilson (1-5, 5f, 1 pen), Emma Cousins (0-1), Caitriona Murray (0-2, 1f)
Referee: Shane Curley (Galway)