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Friday 20 September 2019

Dour mood greets Under-21 defeat in generally good week

IN A week where the county had successful championship outings in Senior hurling, Minor hurling, Senior camogie and Naomh Eanna claimed the Féile na Gael Division 3 football title, arguably the biggest game for the county's psyche was the Leinster Under-21 hurling championship semi-final against Kilkenny.

So much chatter, so much confidence and so much belief based on a side with several Senior stars and a fair amount of hype. There was a genuine anticipation that Wexford would win, and that the hurling revival in the county would step up a level. Of course, one loss only accurately defines an immediate future rather than an extended one, but still, so much disappointment.

The general feelings being expressed post-game matched the dour mood of the side as they slumped off the pitch in Nowlan Park. 'Very surprised to see Kilkenny beat Wexford by that much, thought Wexford would win…' tweeted Gaapundit (@ gaapundit), while David Meyler (@ clarenblue1972) followed: 'Another ' promising' Wexford underage team bites the dust v Kilkenny. What a porous full back line'. Clare inhabitant Ger Laffan (@ GerLaffan) mused 'Wexford cant compete with Kilkenny at any level. How good are the KK U-21?' while Tomás Hewitt (@ PenguinToss) was a little more sympathetic, tweeting: 'Wexford only lost by 11 points in the end not 2 bad considering played most the second half with 14'. What of those on the pitch? Michael O'Regan (@ reegy91) recovered from a shoulder injury just in time to take the field. The GlynnBarntown man (above), wearing a protective guard on the injury, did more than most to help the cause but it all proved to be in vain. He surmised 'Anuder (sic) disappointing exit from u21! We never got goin and lacked Kilkennys intelligence! Last chance at underage success..#heartbreaking.'

TWEETS OF THE WEEK

'Tweet' should be plural this week. As briefly mentioned above, all in all it was a successful week for Wexford sides plying their trades at inter-county level. In camogie, Una Leacy's (@ UnaLeacy) fourth-minute volley to the net got her side's title defence off to a flying start. However, she might have been more excited about the Westlife farewell than the win, as she tweeted: ' First champ win under d belt now on to croker for westlife #happydays'.

The Minors forced their way into the Leinster final with a solid victory over Laois. Much like the Under-21s there's a gathering momentum behind the Minors, especially after their win over Dublin in May. Wexford and Faythe Harriers defender Colm Heffernan tweeted: 'Some feeling, we are going to Croker #upwexford'.

Final word for the week has to go to the boys from Gorey. After taking both the Féile hurling and football titles with victories over St. Martin's, Naomh Eanna, managed by Ger Cushe, headed north to Laois to claim the national crown at the weekend. Wexford GAA (@ OfficialWexGAA) tweeted: 'Congratulations to Naomh Eanna of Gorey who have won the Féile Football Division 3 Boys final: Naomh Eanna 1-4 BallyroanAbbey 0-3'. Well done to all involved.

■ Well done to the eagle-eyed reader who spotted last week's slip of the keyboard - John Meyler is, of course, a Cork resident, not a native as he was born and bred in Tacumshane.

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