Breen stops one-on-one
Mixed fortunes for hurlers
It was a mixed weekend for the Wexford Senior hurlers, ending with one victory to go alongside a defeat to Tipperary.
The only downside of the weekend was an injury to Aidan Nolan who was dominating in midfield against Cork I.T. until receiving a broken bone in his hand which will keep him out of action for several weeks.
On Saturday the Model county forged an impressive 1-22 to 0-9 victory over the strong students' outfit. It was a fine display according to manager Liam Dunne.
'The lads hurled tremendously well, and dominated the game against a Cork I.T. side that included a number of inter-county players. We had some fine individual displays,' he added.
The form of the Wexford side was such that they were on top for almost the entire 70 minutes, with particularly outstanding displays from Diarmuid O'Keeffe (1-3) and Joe Kelly in attack.
David Dunne was another to impress in the full-forward line, while Eoin Conroy and Conor Devitt were outstanding in defence, along with substitute Simon Donohoe. Meanwhile, Garrett Sinnott played in the unfamiliar surrounds of centre-back.
Wexford: Mark Fanning; Eoin Conroy, Matthew O'Hanlon, Andrew Kenny; Conor Devitt, Garrett Sinnott, Aidan Cash; Benny Barron, Aidan Nolan; Joe Kelly, Shane Tomkins, Diarmuid O'Keeffe; Jack Guiney, Conor McDonald, David Dunne. Subs. - Ben O'connor, Bobby Kenny, Ciarán O'Shaughnessy, Jack O'Connor, Shaun Murphy, Simon Donohoe.
On Sunday Wexford made the long journey to Leahy Park, Cashel, where in difficult windy conditions they lost out to Tipperary on a final scoreline of 2-15 to 0-16, having led by 0-10 to 1-4 at the interval.
Supporters saw the much talked-about penalty change in action as Wexford 'keeper Niall Breen saved a one-on-one with Tipperary substitute, Seamus Callanan.
Goals from David Butler and Conor Kenny, taking advantage of defensive mistakes, proved the real difference between the sides.
A feature of the game was the outstanding display of Lee Chin at centre-back, while Tomás Waters curbed the threat of Callanan once switched onto the home side's ace marksman. It was a game that showed the St. Martin's clubman is back to his best. Pádraig Foley was another to impress until replaced with an injury.
The forward line as a unit failed to play with any real cohesion, showing that they need a step up for the league. Paul Morris and Ian Byrne chipped in with 0-4 and 0-3 respectively.
Wexford: Niall Breen; Eoin Moore, Tomás Waters, Ciarán Kenny; Pádraig Foley, Lee Chin, Richie Kehoe; David Redmond (0-1), Harry Kehoe (0-2); Paul Morris (0-4, 3 frees), Daithí Waters, Ian Byrne (0-3); Rhys Clarke (0-1), Podge Doran (0-2), Liam Og McGovern (0-1). Subs. - Willie Devereux for Foley, inj., Simon Donohoe for Kehoe, Andrew Kenny (0-1) for Byrne, Joe Kelly (0-1) for Clarke, Michael Walsh for Breen.
On Saturday, Wexford Senior hurlers will travel to Boherlahan, just outside Cashel, to take on Clare in a challenge game.
Dunne will have the benefit of having the college players available for this game, before many of them turn around 24 hours later to line-out with U.C.D. against the Model county in the Walsh Cup in Gorey.