Wexford earned a comfortable win over
on Sunday afternoon. With the addition
off Kilkenny U-21 goalkeeper, Aaron Duggan, and smattering of players from that
bastion of hurling in Ireland,
Wexford displayed some smart hurling and pinpoint accuracy from distance to get
themselves off the mark in the points column of the championship table. The crowd was treated to a superb display of
goalkeeping as there were some amazing saves at either end throughout the game.
|Galway could not rein in a Wexford team that |
was on the mark all afternoon.
The first 20 minutes saw Wexford open a 9 point lead. The Slaneysiders could not miss, while in marked contrast,
Galway could not score. After midfielder Mark Mansfield and Jamie
Kehoe each pointed from distance, Padraig O'Farrell got into open space and
netted. With Galway
on the back foot Wexford made hay. Tom
Moloney, then brother Michael, along with Craig Burke had Wexford sailing at
1-6 before Ger Malone opened Galway's
|Wexford were on top in all areas of the field.|
Wexford continued to hold the edge, and the benefit of 3 more fine saves from Duggan. Harry Wallace put in a fine performance at corner back, while O'Farrell netted a second time. Mansfield and Eoghan Kavanagh pointed, while Skehill had to make a brilliant save to keep
Galway from slipping further behind. Each keeper got on the scoreboard. Skehill with a booming free from inside his
own 65 and Duggan with a penalty that he skied over the bar. Wexford clipped away with the points to
establish an unassailable lead. Galway got a consolation goal with less than 5 minutes
left from Ger Malone, but with the gap at 8 points Wexford saw out the game
with little additional fuss.
Galway: J. Skehill, P. Dowling, M. Lennon, JJ Doyle, S. Phelan, B. McNamara, L. Henerson, J. Moylan, P. Holden, G. Malone, F. Flattery, T. O'Hanrahan, D. Wallace. Wexford: A. Duggan, H. Wallace, M. Ryan, T. Moloney, D. Magill, J. Keohane, J. Kehoe, M. Mansfield, P. Ryan, E. Kavanagh, C. Burke, M. Moloney, P. O'Farrell.
By Rory O'Donnell