Sport Gaelic Football

Friday 26 May 2017

The game at a glance

Man of the match: Ciaran Lyng (Wexford): With an impressive 10-point haul, Lyng was the stand-out performer on a day when the Wexford forwards all impressed. The St Martin's man threatened every time he touched the ball and proved unmarkable before being substituted with five minutes to go.



Turning point

In the 28th minute, Denis Glennon pointed to leave it 1-7 to 0-8 as Westmeath threatened a comeback. But Wexford's response was to rattle over five points to Westmeath's one and with the score 1-12 to 0-9 at half-time, the Model had established a vice grip.

Talking point

With 1-24, the Wexford footballers scored more than their hurling counterparts, who managed just 1-15 against Kilkenny. After shooting 2-16 the last day against Offaly, the Model attack is among the most prolific in the championship so far.

Ref watch

Padraig Hughes from Armagh had two teams looking to play direct, attacking football and he didn't stand in the way of that and the match passed without controversy. 8/10

What they said

Jason Ryan (Wexford manager):

"I'm delighted. I know it's a crazy thing to say, but the way they were playing we knew they were going to win. We were in control most of the way through. There is still room for improvement, but they were still the dominant team and I'm really proud of what they did."

Pat Flanagan (Westmeath manager):

"No matter how much you try to cover things in six months, you are not going to compete with a team that have been together for the last five years. We worked extremely hard, but physically -- and particularly when their runners came forward -- we weren't able to match that."

Match statistics

Wides: Wexford 8 (2); Westmeath

6 (4).

Frees: Wexford: 14 (9); Westmeath

17 (9).

Yellow cards: Wexford 1 (D Murphy);

Westmeath 2 (K Gavin, J Dolan).

Attendance: 13,900.

What next?

Wexford play Carlow in the Leinster semi-finals at Croke Park on June 26. Westmeath will face Antrim in the qualifiers on June 25.

Irish Independent

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