Wexford fall to narrow loss in ragged contest

By Dean Goodison

Published 22/05/2016 | 16:00

21 May 2016; Colm Kehoe of Wexford in action against David Hyland of Kildare in the Leinster GAA Football Senior Championship, Quarter-Final, Wexford v Kildare, at Croke Park, Dublin. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
21 May 2016; Colm Kehoe of Wexford in action against David Hyland of Kildare in the Leinster GAA Football Senior Championship, Quarter-Final, Wexford v Kildare, at Croke Park, Dublin. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
21 May 2016; PJ Banville of Wexford in action against Fergal Conway and Kevin Feely, behind, of Kildare in the Leinster GAA Football Senior Championship, Quarter-Final, Wexford v Kildare, at Croke Park, Dublin. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
21 May 2016; Brian Malone of Wexford in action against Fergal Conway of Kildare in the Leinster GAA Football Senior Championship, Quarter-Final, Wexford v Kildare, at Croke Park, Dublin. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
21 May 2016; Fergal Conway of Kildare in action against Daithí Waters, left, and Brian Malone of Wexford in the Leinster GAA Football Senior Championship, Quarter-Final, Wexford v Kildare, at Croke Park, Dublin. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
21 May 2016; Fergal Conway of Kildare in action against Daithí Waters, left, and Brian Malone of Wexford in the Leinster GAA Football Senior Championship, Quarter-Final, Wexford v Kildare, at Croke Park, Dublin. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

Despite a gallant effort in the second half, Wexford fell just short in their Leinster Senior Football Championship quarter-final tie with Kildare in Croke Park on Saturday evening.

Kildare 0-9 Wexford 0-8

The first half was a dour affair with Kildare making more of their attacking situations as they built a 0-7 to 0-3 lead on the back of three Neil Flynn points and a brace from Alan Smith. Wexford responded positively after the interval.

A few positional switches did the trick and scores from Donal Shanley (2), Shane Roche and Kevin O'Grady brought David Power's side level. Kildare's first point of the second half came from Eamonn O'Callaghan after 20 minutes of football but it was quickly followed by another by Cian O'Donoghue to establish a 0-9 to 0-7 lead for the Lilywhites. 

A Donal Shanley free in the 64th minute halved the deficit but it proved to be Wexford's only score in the last 21 minutes of normal time and five that were added as Kildare hung on to book a Leinster semi-final spot and their opponents dropped into the qualifiers.

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