Saturday 29 April 2017

O'Grady goal puts Wexford top

Wexford 1-9 Waterford 0-10

Kevin O'Grady's 25th-minute goal proved decisive as it helped Wexford. Stock image: Sportsfile
Kevin O'Grady's 25th-minute goal proved decisive as it helped Wexford. Stock image: Sportsfile

Kevin O'Grady's 25th-minute goal proved decisive as it helped Wexford to a two-point victory in this top-of the table clash at Innovate Wexford Park.

It was Wexford's ability to control possession while playing into the strong wind and rain in the first 35 minutes that laid the foundations for the win.

Four unanswered points from Donie Breathnach, Paul Whyte, Michael O'Halloran and Patrick Hurney's free put Waterford in front, but Ciaran Lyng hit back with a free and O'Grady's goal sent the teams in level, 1-3 to 0-6, at the interval.

The sides continued to trade points, but a late Patrick Hurney point came too late to help Waterford salvage the game.

Scorers - Wexford: K O'Grady 1-2; C Lyng 0-3 (2f); B Brosnan 0-2 (1f); J Tubritt, M O'Regan 0-1 each. Waterford: P Hurney 0-4 (3f); D Brethnach 0-2, P Whyte 0-2 (1f); M O'Halloran, C Murray 0-1 each.

Wexford: S Roche 7; B Malone 7, J Rossiter 7, M Furlong 7; E Nolan 6, J Wadding 6, T Rossiter 6; D Waters 7, C Kehoe 7; K O'Grady 8, B Brosnan 7, P Curtis 6; C Lyng 7, J Tubritt 7, J Stafford 6. Subs: M O'Regan 7 for Stafford (41); C Carty 7 for Curtis (52); J Firman 6 for Tubritt (63); R Devereux for O'Grady (72).

Waterford: S Enright 6; S Dalton 6, T O'Gorman 7, T O hUallachain 6; J McGrath 6, S Prendergast 7, R O Ceallaigh 7; T Prendergast 7, M Curry 7; M O'Halloran 6, P Whyte 7, C Murray 7; D Breathnach 7, J Veale 6, P Hurney 7. Subs: L Lawlor 6 for Veale (57); F O Cuirrin 6 for Dalton (60).

Ref - F Smyth (Offaly).

Irish Independent

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