Monday, July 20, 2015

Senior Hurling: Galway v Wexford

Galway 4-12 Wexford 4-15

Wexford pulled off a victory to secure their first win of the season in a tight, tough contest against local Brighton rivals Galway.  Wexford lifted their game in the second half and got great performances from Niall Kennedy, Jamie Desmond, and Conor Murray to see them through in a game where their desire to win was evident for the full hour.

Michael Morris coming out of defence for Wexford.
If you like seeing goals, this was the game for you.  The opening half was a goal fest with each side netting three times in the first 20 minutes.  Wexford goaled within seconds of the throw-in, Niall Kennedy getting on the end of a ball played into the box.  Galway answered on kind through David Dunne who helped the ball over the line while on his knees.  Points were few and far between as each side had its eyes on the big score.  Galway did put three minors over to one for Wexford before Dunne netted a second for the Slaneysiders.  This was answered in seconds.  Robert O’Hanrahan played Kieran Maher in and the wing forward’s shot billowed the net.

More goals, Wexford’s third was a bullet from Niall Kennedy after Eoghan Kavanagh played him in, and Galways’ third was an easy one for Darragh Murray who was on hand to pull on a deflected ball, and put the ball into the net.  Finally the points started to come as the game settled down, Kennedy was the man for Wexford with a tally of three, while Stephen Roche was on the mark from the placed ball for Galway.  Conor Robinson did some tidy work at corner back for Wexford, while Galway’s Oran Keevers did well in the middle of Galway’s half back line.  At the break Galway held a 3-6 to 3-5 lead.

Galway's Cormac Wafer tries to find a way to clear.
Wexford hurled with the greater urgency in the second half and their performance had determination written all over it.  Jamie Desmond at center back and Robinson continued to battle for the dropping balls and cleared their lines well.  Conor Murray pointed after Desmond had won the ball in his half back position, and Niall Kennedy, another huge contributor to Wexford’s cause, put his side ahead.  After Galway almost netted when Roche hit the post, Wexford started to pull away.  Desmond pointed twice, and the Dunne worked the opening to net after being found by Kennedy.

Wexford added scores from John O’Driscoll, a monster score from well inside his own half, Jamie Kehoe, Dunne, Carton, and Kennedy.  Galway found themselves six points behind with seven minutes to go.  Darragh Murray pulled a goal back to give the tribesmen some hope, however, a second would be needed to pull off a result.  Wexford kept Galway’s forwards under wraps for the last few minutes and Wexford’s cheers of content might have been tinged with a sprinkling of relief at the first win of the season.

Wexford:  S. Barry, J. Keyes, C. Robinson, M. Morris, J. Desmond, T. Moloney, J. Kehoe, C. Murray, N. Kennedy, E. Kavanagh, B. Carton, J. O’Driscoll, D. Dunne.  Galway:  K. Hammersley, C. Wafer, O. Teagle, S. O’Neill, O. Keevers, JJ Doyle, S. Roche, R. O’Hanrahan, K. Maher, B. Whelan, D. Murray, L. Allen, J. McDonnell.

By Rory O'Donnell

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