Saturday 25 November 2017

'These guys will have to come back from it' - Doyle

brendan furlong at Semple Stadium

Wexford Under-21 hurling manager J.J. Doyle on the sideline in Thurles last Saturday evening.
Wexford Under-21 hurling manager J.J. Doyle on the sideline in Thurles last Saturday evening.

'IT is devastating really, they can't let this be the defining moment of their careers,' claimed Wexford Manager J.J. Doyle after his side's collapse in last Saturday evening's Bord Gais Energy All-Ireland Under-21 hurling championship final at Semple Stadium, Thurles, where they came out on the wrong end of 16-point drubbing to Limerick.

In the aftermath of such a defeat, Doyle was left devastated, as he tried to pick his way through the ashes of what turned out an embarrassing 60 minutes for the county.

The Slaneysiders had suffered a humiliating 16-point loss, the county's second successive All-Ireland Under-21 final defeat, following last year's six point reverse at the hand of Clare.

Doyle had hoped to mastermind Wexford's first Cross of Cashel Cup success in 50 years but the under-age famine continues, with the county's last under-age success going back to the All-Ireland Minor win of 1968.

While hopes were high entering the game of ending the famine it all eventually ended in misery as Wexford suffered a ninth final defeat in this grade to a seriously impressive Limerick outfit.

Doyle said: 'It is devastating really. Getting beaten is one thing, we didn't perform anywhere near our capabilities there tonight.

'That is the most disappointing aspect of it. Listen, there is nothing we can do about it now.

'The guys seemed to be in great form in the last few weeks, trained really well. They seemed to be very much up for the game. Unfortunately every team has games like that and you just hope they don't happen on the biggest occasion.

'Unfortunately, it just fell apart tonight. No matter what we tried, nothing worked.'

Conor McDonald goaled in the second half to give Wexford some hope but Limerick responded with the last nine points of the game to claim a 0-26 to 1-7 win, even been afforded the luxury of tapping a penalty over the bar.

'Listen we just weren't good enough tonight,' Doyle admitted.

'In any aspect of the performance, we weren't good enough. It's very hard to analyse it at this point in time.

'These guys will have to come back from it. They can't let this be the defining moment of their careers. It will be tough on them.

'Listen, they will have club games in a week or two. They will just have to get out there and go again and prove that they are not the player that was seen out there tonight. They have won three Leinster's in a row. They are not bad players, they just didn't play tonight. They didn't bring anything out with them, they left it all in the dressing room.

'It was so disappointing. We let ourselves down, we let our families down and we let our supporters who travelled down. It was so disappointing yet again for the supporters and everyone involved. Simply, we just didn't bring anything onto the pitch, for whatever reason.'

On this Wednesday evening, Liam Dunne's Senior hurling backroom team will come up for ratification, while David Power and his management will continue at the helm of Senior football.

Under-age considerations may be deferred but it's expected that J.J. Doyle will continue at the helm of Under-21 hurling, while it's expected David Power will also be ratified in the role of Under-21 football manager.

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