|Tipp manager Michael McGrath looks on
as a puckout is contested.
Wexford got themselves back into the game and forced Tipp to work hard in the second period. The Slaneysiders narrowed the gap to two scores with a point from David Drake and a goal from Eoghan Kavanagh and it was game on again. The referee had to issue yellow cards to Peter Ryan and Kieran Morris as the temperature of the game heated up. Wexford made every effort to carry the game to their opponents. The Tipp back line had to work hard to harry and block as Wexford went in search of another score to narrow the gap, and eventually the pressure was relieved with points from Morris and Peadar Boran which put seven points between the teams with little time left on the clock. Though the game was beyond them at that stage, Wexford kept up the pressure and found the net once more through Tony Murphy to provide some consolation. A bright start for Tipp and an important early two points.
Wexford: E. Spruhan, D. Redmond, J. Hoyne, J. Foley, P. Nolan, B. Dalton, J. Kehoe, T. Maloney, S. O'Brien, E. Kavanagh, T. Murphy, D. Drake, P. Kehoe. Tipp: J. Logue, M. Power,
S. Staunton, G.
Brennan, R. O'Donnell, A. McGrath, C. Dempsey, S. McGarr, E. Murphy, S.
O'Connor, C. Flynn, K. Morris, D. Butler.
By Rory O'Donnell