Model display brushes aside IT Carlow
Wexford 3-20 IT Carlow 1-12
Wexford's extra class showed as they cruised to a comfortable 14-point victory over IT Carlow in this O'Byrne Cup senior football third-round game at Bunclody yesterday.
For all but a few brief second-half minutes, Wexford were in control. They raced into 0-5 to 0-0 lead inside nine minutes, through points from Colm Kehoe, Kevin Rowe, Tiernan Rossiter, Donal Shanley and Kevin O'Grady.
A Barry McHugh 10th-minute point opened the Carlow side's account, and the same player added two points from frees.
But with Shanley, Rossiter and O'Grady shining in the home attack, they went on to build a 0-12 to 0-6 interval lead. Wexford maintained their dominance through the second half and were leading 0-19 to 0-11, when Kevin Rowe lobbed a superb 65th-minute goal.
IT Carlow put in a spell of attacking football, resulting in a Chris Healy goal, but it was the home side who finished with goals, from substitutes Paul Curtis and Sean Ryan.
They end their group campaign on three points, with IT Carlow remaining pointless.
SCORERS - Wexford: K Rowe 1-2, S Ryan, P Curtis 1-0 each, T Rossiter 0-6, D Shanley 0-5 (3f), K O'Grady 0-3 (1f), B Brosnan 0-2, K Butler, C Kehoe 0-1 each. IT Carlow: C Healy 1-4 (1f), B McHugh 0-8 (4f).
Wexford - P Murphy; R Tierney, J Rossiter, S Doyle; B Malone, G Malone, K Butler; S Byrne, C Kehoe; K O'Grady, A Flynn, T Rossiter; B Brosnan, D Shanley, K Rowe. Subs: P O'Connor for Byrne, S Ryan for O'Gray, P Curtis for B Malone, P O'Keeffe for Doyle, N Rossiter for G Malone, J Connors for Shanley (blood sub).
IT Carlow - R Sansom; J Mitchell, D Dunne, J Hendy; D Smith, T O'Connell, E Buggy; W Young, S McGraynor; D O'Sullivan, K Ryan, D Aston; C Healy, M Sherry, B McHugh. Subs: C Murphy for Dunne; K Roche for Sansom.
Ref - M Deegan (Laois).