Galway 1-11 Wexford 2-8
Dominic McGill Clears the ball for Wexford.
Galway and Wexford played highly entertaining game of hurling with little separating the sides. Wexford looked to have the advantage for most of the game and early in the second half led by seven points, but some substitutions by Galway turned the tide back in their favour and the final minutes were cliff hanging as each side tried to press home for the winning score.
The first half was of a high standard with plenty of good hurling and commitment from each side. Galway opened their account with a point from free-taker Liam Kinsella,and Brian Geoghan added a second on five minutes. One minute later Wexford were level thanks to two quick points from Chris O’Connor. Wexford hit with a goal next, in a good move the ball made its way from Joe Clarke to Cillian Star who made no mistake from close range. Three more points followed for Wexford, one from O’Connor and two from Richie Kehoe. Galway now were six points behind, and truth be told it could have been further had Wexford not missed so many chances. Galway lifted their game to finish the half on three scores to one, two from Liam Kinsella and one from Geoghan, while Joe Clarke pointed for Wexford. 1-6 to 0-5 in Wexford’s favour at half time.
Galway introduced several subs into the forward line to start the second half, and, having gone further behind thanks to a Chris O’Connor goal, ate into Wexford’s lead. Liam Kinsella, Brendan Morrissey and Evan Daniels each pointed before Michael Cooney goaled to put Galway within a point. After Kehoe put Wexford two to the good with a free, Galway leveled the scores for the first time since the sixth minute with back to bck points from Gary Burke. Wexford got their noses in front thanks to a lovely score from Austin Murphy on the left wing. Liam Kinsella evened it up again with a free. It was up and down the field for the last five minutes as each side attempted to get the game winning score, but neither side could make the breakthrough to take both points.
Wexford: E. Spruhan, B. Dalton, P. Holden, D. Redmond, D. McGill, D. Brennan, N. Qinlan, Richie Kehoe (0-3), Joe Clarke (0-1), P. Ryan, A. Murphy (0-1), Cillian Star (1-0), Chris O’Connor (1-3). Galway: D. Star, M. O’Donnell, J. Kinsella, E. Foley, S. Skelly, D. Brennan, P. Carey, Liam Kinsella (0-5), M. McMahon, N. O’Sullivan, J. Byrne, Brian Geoghan (0-2), F. Brennan. Subs: Brendan Morrissey (0-1), Evan Daniels (0-1), Gary Burke (0-2), Michael Cooney (1-0).
By Rory O'Donnell