Despite conceding two early goals, Galway have taken the lead at half-time in the Littlewoods Camogie League as they chase as semi-final place in two weeks.
Ailish O’Reilly’s 27th minute goal after Caitriona Cormican’s effort was blocked by Dearbhla Doyle put Tony O’Donovan’s team back to the front after going 2-2 to 0-5 behind.
With a strong support favouring the hosts, Aoife Guiney capitalised on poor Galway defending to strike off the ground for Wexford’s first goal. And former All-Ireland winning captain Una Leacy received a superb cross field ball five minutes after for the second major.
Linda Bolger opened Wexford’s account with a 45 but Rebecca Hennelly’s free was Galway’s response. And after Guiney’s first goal, The Tribeswomen hit four scores in three minutes as Cormican, Aoife Donohue and two Hennelly frees.
However, Leacy’s goal gave the Slaneysiders back the initiative and an Emma Walsh point made it 2-2 to 0-5. Two superb Hennelly scores from play reduced the deficit but Bolger and Shelly Kehoe had Wexford 2-4 to 0-7 ahead eight minutes from half-time.
Galway had threatened but eventually made it count. Cormican forced a top drawer save from Emma Kiely before Hennelly converted a free.
Another Hennelly point made it 2-4 to 0-9 before the goal on 27 minutes. Cormican’s drive was blocked by Dearbhla Doyle before O’Reilly took possession and hand passed to the net.
Hennelly’s eighth white flag gave Galway their interval lead, keeping them on course for a semi-final with Kilkenny on March 11th.
Galway – Rebecca Hennelly 0-8 (five frees, one ’45), Ailish O’Reilly 1-0, Caitriona Cormican 0-1, Aoife Donohue 0-1
Wexford – Aoife Guiney 1-0, Una Leacy 1-0, Linda Bolger 0-2 (one free, one ’45), Emma Walsh 0-1, Shelly Kehoe 0-1