Tuesday 21 November 2017

Footballers match hurlers by gaining promotion

By Alan Aherne

Ben Brosnan.
Ben Brosnan.

The wonderful start to the year for both Wexford Senior teams continued in Innovate Wexford Park on Sunday, March 19, when the footballers followed in the footsteps of the hurlers one week earlier by gaining Allianz League promotion.

The two-year stay in Division 4 was ended with a hard-earned 0-15 to 0-9 win over a much-improved London side, managed by Horeswood native and former Wexford football stalwart Ciarán Deely.

The exiles had slumped to a 4-20 to 1-6 defeat at the same venue last season, but it was a different story this time around as they availed of first-half wind advantage to lead by 0-7 to 0-4 at half-time.

The outcome still hung in the balance with 20 minutes left when Wexford were clinging to a 0-9 to 0-8 lead, but a key contribution of four points without reply by ace marksman Ben Brosnan, from a '45, play and two frees, finally left some daylight between the sides.

Brosnan finished with an impressive 0-11 in all, with Ciaran Lyng adding two points while substitutes P.J. Banville and Niall Hughes contributed one apiece.

The result means that Wexford have a Division 4 league final outing in Croke Park on Saturday, April 8, to look forward to, regardless of what happens in their last two group games, at home to Westmeath next Sunday and away to Carlow seven days later.

Westmeath do need one point from their last two outings to ensure they will meet the Slaneysiders again in that final. They are on nine points, one behind Wexford and four ahead of Carlow who are the only other team still in with an albeit very slight chance, having drawn with Westmeath in round one.

Home supporters will now get the ideal opportunity to show their appreciation for what both teams have achieved thus far in the double bill to be held in Innovate Wexford Park next Sunday, March 26. The footballers will play Westmeath at 1 p.m., with the hurlers meeting Laois at 3 p.m.

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