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Wexford gain the upper hand in the O'Byrne Cup

11 January 2015; Brian Malone, Wexford, in action against Chris Murphy, Wicklow. Bord na Mona O'Byrne Cup, Group D, Round 3, Wexford v Wicklow, Pairc Ui Suiochan, Gorey, Co. Wexford. Picture credit: Matt Browne / SPORTSFILE
11 January 2015; Brian Malone, Wexford, in action against Chris Murphy, Wicklow. Bord na Mona O'Byrne Cup, Group D, Round 3, Wexford v Wicklow, Pairc Ui Suiochan, Gorey, Co. Wexford. Picture credit: Matt Browne / SPORTSFILE
11 January 2015; Dean Healy, Wicklow, in action against Ben Brosnan, Wexford. Bord na Mona O'Byrne Cup, Group D, Round 3, Wexford v Wicklow, Pairc Ui Suiochan, Gorey, Co. Wexford. Picture credit: Matt Browne / SPORTSFILE
11 January 2015; Wexford selector Matty Forde. Bord na Mona O'Byrne Cup, Group D, Round 3, Wexford v Wicklow, Pairc Ui Suiochan, Gorey, Co. Wexford. Picture credit: Matt Browne / SPORTSFILE
11 January 2015; Kevin Day, Wexford, in action against John McGrath, Wicklow. Bord na Mona O'Byrne Cup, Group D, Round 3, Wexford v Wicklow, Pairc Ui Suiochan, Gorey, Co. Wexford. Picture credit: Matt Browne / SPORTSFILE
11 January 2015; Thomas Kelly, Wicklow, in action against Paraic O'Keeffe, Wexford. Bord na Mona O'Byrne Cup, Group D, Round 3, Wexford v Wicklow, Pairc Ui Suiochan, Gorey, Co. Wexford. Picture credit: Matt Browne / SPORTSFILE
11 January 2015; Kevin Rowe, Wexford, in action against Michael McLoughlin, Wicklow. Bord na Mona O'Byrne Cup, Group D, Round 3, Wexford v Wicklow, Pairc Ui Suiochan, Gorey, Co. Wexford. Picture credit: Matt Browne / SPORTSFILE
11 January 2015; Tiernan Rossiter, Wexford, in action against Kevin Murphy, Wicklow. Bord na Mona O'Byrne Cup, Group D, Round 3, Wexford v Wicklow, Pairc Ui Suiochan, Gorey, Co. Wexford. Picture credit: Matt Browne / SPORTSFILE
11 January 2015; Wicklow manager Johnny Magee. Bord na Mona O'Byrne Cup, Group D, Round 3, Wexford v Wicklow, Pairc Ui Suiochan, Gorey, Co. Wexford. Picture credit: Matt Browne / SPORTSFILE
11 January 2015; James Stafford, Wicklow, in action against Graham Carty, Wexford. Bord na Mona O'Byrne Cup, Group D, Round 3, Wexford v Wicklow, Pairc Ui Suiochan, Gorey, Co. Wexford. Picture credit: Matt Browne / SPORTSFILE
11 January 2015; Wicklow manager Johnny Magee with selector Ray Cosgrove. Bord na Mona O'Byrne Cup, Group D, Round 3, Wexford v Wicklow, Pairc Ui Suiochan, Gorey, Co. Wexford. Picture credit: Matt Browne / SPORTSFILE
11 January 2015; Mark Kenny, Wicklow, in action against Kevin Day, Wexford. Bord na Mona O'Byrne Cup, Group D, Round 3, Wexford v Wicklow, Pairc Ui Suiochan, Gorey, Co. Wexford. Picture credit: Matt Browne / SPORTSFILE
11 January 2015; Wexford manager David Power. Bord na Mona O'Byrne Cup, Group D, Round 3, Wexford v Wicklow, Pairc Ui Suiochan, Gorey, Co. Wexford. Picture credit: Matt Browne / SPORTSFILE
11 January 2015; Wicklow manager Johnny Magee with selector Ray Cosgrove. Bord na Mona O'Byrne Cup, Group D, Round 3, Wexford v Wicklow, Pairc Ui Suiochan, Gorey, Co. Wexford. Picture credit: Matt Browne / SPORTSFILE
11 January 2015; Wexford manager David Power. Bord na Mona O'Byrne Cup, Group D, Round 3, Wexford v Wicklow, Pairc Ui Suiochan, Gorey, Co. Wexford. Picture credit: Matt Browne / SPORTSFILE
11 January 2015; Wexford supporter Liam Walsh from Monamolin , Co. Wexford watches his team in action against Wicklow. Bord na Mona O'Byrne Cup, Group D, Round 3, Wexford v Wicklow, Pairc Ui Suiochan, Gorey, Co. Wexford. Picture credit: Matt Browne / SPORTSFILE
11 January 2015; Wexford manager David Power on his way into the dressingroom. Bord na Mona O'Byrne Cup, Group D, Round 3, Wexford v Wicklow, Pairc Ui Suiochan, Gorey, Co. Wexford. Picture credit: Matt Browne / SPORTSFILE

By Brendan Furlong

WEXFORD had matters very much their own way as they gained a comfortable four point victory over Wicklow in this meaningless O'Byrne Cup senior football game played in Pairc Ui Siochain, Gorey, at the weekend.

Wexford 2-15 Wicklow 2-111

With DIT having already qualified from the group the respective managers were left with preparing a number of new players for the league, but it was Wexford who held control for most of the seventy minutes, with Wicklow somewhat flattered to be within four points of their opponents at the finish.

After the sides had traded two opening points apiece, further points from Dermot Flood, free, and Declan Murphy, gave the homeside a two point lead before Darren Hayden powered home a fine twenty-fourth minute goal for the garden county leaving them leading 1-2 to 0-4.

Midfielder Paddy Byrne brought the sides level, but it was a Paidi Barden thirty-second minute goal that gave the homeside control as they led 1-8 to 1-5 at the interval.

Wicklow did start the second half brightly with a Darren Hayden pointed free, but thereafter it was Wexford who were well in control, with Declan Murphy adding a fine fifty-first minute goal to power his side into a 2-10 to 1-7 lead. As the second half progressed it was Wexford who played with more fluency as they continued to control matters.

Both managers took the opportunity to give players some game time, while Wicklow gave themselves brief hope when Conor Foley took advantage of a mix-up in defence to box the loose ball to the net, leaving it 2-11 to 2-7, with seventeen minutes remaining.

The sides went on to share four points apiece in the closing fifteen minutes but it was some desperate defending from the visitors defence that denied Kevin O'Grady a goal, while in a late flourish it took a fine double save from home keeper Shane Roche to deny sub John McGrath.

Wexford scorers: P Barden, D Murphy 1-2 each; K O'Grady 0-4; B Brosnan 0-3 frees; D Flood 0-2, 0-1 free; P Byrne, C Kehoe 0-1 each.

Wicklow: D Hayden 1-3, 0-2 frees; C Foley 1-2; < Kenny 0-2; J McGrath , M Mangan, T Kelly, P McLoughlin 0-1 each.

Wexford: S Roche; P O'Keeffe, J Wadding, M Furlong; T Rossiter, R Tierney, M Cody; P Byrne, G Carty; K O'Grady, C Kehoe, D Murphy; D Flood, S Grannell, P Barden. Subs: K Day for Cody ht); B Brosnan for Grannell (ht); B Malone for Carty (58); K Rowe for O'Grady (61); S Byrne for Murphy (67).

Wicklow: W Hender-Phillips; M O'Brien, P Higgins, J Snell; M Mangan, R O'Brien, K Murphy; S Kelly, J Stafford; D Hayden, M Kenny, B Kennedy; B McCrea, T Kelly, C Foley. Subs: D Healy for Mangan (ht); M McLoughlin for O'Brien (ht); P McLoughlin for Stafford (43); J McGrath for Kelly (46); D Woods for Kennedy (53); C Murphy for Kenny (64).

Referee: R Malone (Dublin).

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