Una Leacy came off the bench to rescue Wexford with a dramatic injury-time goal at Semple Stadium to ensure a replay of their Liberty Insurance senior camogie semi-final against Cork next Saturday, with this game finishing on 1-9 apiece.
It looked like Katriona Mackey’s goal mid-way through the first half would decide this very tight affair but Leacy made no mistake after tremendous work from Katrina Parrock to deny Cork.
Jenny O’Leary did have a chance to snatch it for the Leesiders late on from a difficult free tight to the sideline but her effort drifted wide.
Both teams utilised an extra defender as the emphasis was placed on not conceding. Having said that, neither side will be happy with their shooting as they racked up the wides.
The six yellow cards issued by Alan Lagrue bore testament to the competitiveness and intensity of the affair though.
Ursula Jacob’s point was the only score of the game when Mackey took a pass from the excellent Angela Walsh to beat Wexford goalkeeper, Mags D’Arcy. Orla Cotter and Briege Corkery quickly raised white flags to open a four-point gap.
That was as much as ever separated them though and points from Ursula Jacob and Kate Kelly, sandwiching a score from Cotter, left it 1-3 to 0-3 at the break.
Leacy was introduced to the fray at half time by Helena Jacob and she was amongst the scorers as Wexford reduce the margin to the minimum.
Points from Jenny O’Leary and Mackey restored the goal advantage for Cork though and that’s what was between them when Leacy made her dramatic intervention to ensure a second bite of the cherry for Wexford.
SCORERS – CORK: O Cotter 0-3(2fs); K Mackey 1-1; J O’Leary, B Corkery 0-2 each; J White 0-1 each
WEXFORD: U Jacob 0-5(4fs); U Leacy 1-1; J Quigley, F Rochford 0-1 each
CORK: A Murray, J O’Callaghan, E O’Sullivan, A Geary, L Treacy, G O’Connor, P Mackey, R Buckley, A Thompson, J O’Leary, A Walsh, B Corkery, J White, O Cotter, K Mackey
WEXFORD: M D’Arcy, D Codd, N Lambert, K Atkinson, S Nolan, M Leacy, S Sinnott, J Dwyer, S Kehoe, K Kelly, F Kavanagh, J Quigley, U Jacob, K Parrock, L Bolger. Subs: U Leacy for Bolger (ht), B Gordon for Kavanagh (49), F Rochford for Kehoe (52)
REFEREE: A Lagrue (Kildare)