Monday, May 23, 2011

May 22: Sheehan Cup - Wexford v Galway

Galway 0-7 Wexford 3-7

Three goals separated the sides in this Sheehan Cup encounter between Brighton rivals Galway and Wexford. The game got a little chippy in the second half and a melee broke out late in the game. Wexford were full value for their win and looked comfortably in charge for most of the second half. Eoin Kavanagh and Gearoid O’Connor put in excellent performances in the forward line for Wexford as the model county maintained their hundred percent record this season.

Wexford's Eoin Kavanagh is watched by Killian Murphy.

Wexford went in at the break five points to the good. Two first half goals made the difference between them and their opponents. Ten minutes into the game it was all square with each side sitting on two points. With Wexford getting the better of the exchanges in the middle of the field the model county got some separation between themselves and their opponents in the second quarter. Shane Murphy netted first for Wexford mid-way through the half. After the Dubliner added a point to Wexford’s lead, corner forward, Eoin Kavanagh, netted a second from close range. Galway found themselves a man down as the half reached its conclusion. John Moylan was given his marching orders for what can only be described as dissent. Brown and Kavanagh exchanged points before the break and Wexford sat on a five point lead going into the second period.

Wexford veteran JJ O'Neill Clears his lines

Galway started off well in the second period and made some inroads into the Wexford lead. Killian Murphy pointed two frees from long range to put a solitary goal in it. Wexford, however, pressed home their advantage in play with three points from Shane Murphy and Gearoid O’Connor between them. Wexford had several more chances to score as play flowed mostly in one direction, and had they chosen points rather than trying to go for goals there could have been more in it. After Seamus McComiskey pointed for Galway, a third goal came for Wexford from Eoin Kavanagh with 15 minutes left. Tempers took over as a melee broke out that eventually calmed down. Wexford still unbeaten in the Sheehan Cup, and Galway still looking for a their first win. Next week the westerners will meet old rivals Fr. Tom Burke’s.

Galway: K.Finnegan, R. O’Leary, J. Kinsella, K. Murphy, M. Brooks, G. Sherlock, P. O’Connell, D. McMahon, S. McComiskey, S. Brown, L. Byrne, P. Byrne, J. Moylan. Wexford: E. Sproune, G. Griffey, D. Redmond, B. Dalton, D. Magill, JJ Kenny, J. Foley, J. Kehoe, G. O’Connor, P. Ryan, S. Murphy, C. Kearns, E. Kavanagh.

By Rory O'Donnell

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