Wexford stars shine on the Oscar Traynor stage
IT WAS described as one of their best-ever displays whenthe Wexford Football League made the long journey to Jackman Park to hand the Limerick League a 5-0 drubbing in this Oscar Traynor Trophy quarter-final on Saturday night last.
Dominant from the outset and with the help of a Paul Murphy hat-trick, they totally controlled this game and the result was a foregone conclusion by the interval such was the side's dominance. On the evidence of this showing they seem determined to regain the trophy which they held for the first time two seasons back.
The Wexford side opened the scoring on 24 minutes when Chris Kenny split the defence with a pass, leaving Jason Murphy to race on to the ball to drill it home from 15 metres, making it 1-0. Fifteen minutes later Paul Murphy beat the offside trap to extend the lead from a Shane Dempsey pass.
Approaching the break Wexford made it 3-0 when Paul Murphy dispossessed the full-back, going on to round the 'keeper and tap into an empty net.
Limerick pressed on the resumption in an effort to get back into the game but got little change out of an excellent back line in which Anto Russell was outstanding. Wexford really put the game beyond the home side when Paul Murphy completed his hat-trick from the penalty spot after Eugene O'Brien had been pulled back, while five minutes from the end substitute Kyle Dempsey completed the scoring.
Wexford Football League: Lee Walker, Gareth McCurtain, Keith Kearney, Paul Rossiter, Anto Russell, Chris Kenny, James Carty, Shane Dempsey, Jason Murphy, Paul Murphy, Eugene O'Brien. Subs. used - Kyle Dempsey, Leighton Gleeson, Adam Beary.