Wexford claim victory over UCD in Walsh Cup
WEXFORD may have been in experimental mode but they still recorded a comfortable nine point victory over UCD in this Walsh Cup senior hurling game played at Pairc Ui siochain, Gorey, on Sunday, January 18.
Wexford 1-21 UCD 0-21
Early scorers from Podge Doran and Joe Kelly set the scene for a period of total Wexford dominance as they moved into 0-10 to 0-0 lead by the nineteenth minute before the college side eventually opened their account through a twentieth minute Pat Purcell point. But with Kelly striking over two further points along with a Shane Tomkins effort the Wexford surge continue and while three Ross King points gave the visitors some hope they still trailed 0-17 to 0-5 at the interval.
UCD who had five Wexford players in their side were totally outplayed through that opening thirty-five minutes, but they did manage to bring more cohesion to their game on the resumption, as they continually pressed forward in their efforts to reduce the deficit.
Four early second half points from Ross King, one free, saw them reduce the deficit to 0-17 to 0-9 after forty-five minutes, but Wexford quickly regained the initiative through the splendid play of half-backs Lee Chin and Paudie Foley, while it was sub Kevin Foley who opened their second half account with a fine point from play.
But it was King who added further points, while Cian MacGabhainn added one in between to leave it 0-19 to 0-12. The concluding quarter saw Wexford regain control as Joe Kelly one of their most impressive attackers along with Ian Byrne, crashed home a sixty-fourth minute goal as the homeside moved on to a comfortable victory.
Wexford will now play Laois on Sunday next.