It was time to renew acquaintances as Tom’s and Wexford met one week from their Sheehan Cup final, and the game was no less exciting. Beautiful hurling it was not, but each side worked hard and space was tight with very little room given by either side. This time it was Wexford who held the lead for most of the second half, and Tom’s who came back and almost stole the points at the very end. Wexford rallied before the final whistle to level affairs and each side came away with a point.
|Wexford's Gearoid O'Connor on a run.|
|John Hetherington finishes expertly.|
With the game now all square a poorly taken short puckout was sent straight back over the bar and Tom’s were up by one and time almost up. A Hetherington free leveled matters again. It was not pretty at this stage, but great excitement as both sides scrapped for possession. An untimely foul or little piece of space to shoot could be the difference. Tom’s looked like they might win the day. Fran Keenan popped a close range free over and was followed with a Howley point from play. However, like last week Wexford had the final say. With Wexford on the attack and the Tom’s back line swarming, Corcoran settled for a point when a goal was a possibility. The last puck of the game was taken by Hetherington who stroked the ball over from a free 65 yards out to square up the scores. A fair result in the end to get each club off the mark in the championship.
Tom’s: J. Grealish, S. O’Brien, D. Nealon, D. Moore, B. Harding, P. Heneghan (0-1), T. Kelly, J. Dooley, F. Keenan (0-9), S. Higgins, S. Howley (0-2), T. O’Brien (0-1), D. Busteed (1-0). Sub: E. Cummins (1-0). Wexford: G. Griffey, D. Redmond, G. Dunphy, B. Dalton, D. Magill, S. White (0-1), J. Kehoe, T. Moloney (0-1), G. O’Connor, JJ Kenny, J. Hetherington (1-9), S. Murphy (0-1), S. Corcoran (1-1).
By Rory O'Donnell