Wexford's Brian Malone hospitalised during defeat to Derry in qualifiers
Derry 1-16 Wexford 0-10
Wexford manager manager David Power slammed the “inconsistency” of refereeing after seeing key midfielder Brian Malone hospitalised during their defeat by Derry yesterday.
The Yellowbellies’ boss was annoyed by a high tackle on Malone - who put through his own net for the game’s only goal just before half-time – which forced him off at half-time.
He had been a driving attacking force during the opening period but, with Derry having built a 1-8 to 0-4 lead at the break, the result was never in much doubt from there on.
The first half hour of the game was locked in a defensive maelstrom. Wexford saw Derry’s one sweeper and they raised it, allowing Joey Wadding and Graeme Molloy both to sit free.
They began by double-marking Eoin Bradley, quite visibly so, until the Glenullin man came out. But the more emphasis Wexford put on stopping him, the more space Cailean O’Boyle got.
The big Lavey man was the outstanding player on the park in the first half, swivelling early to fire one over from 40 yards. The confidence was up and he ended up coming out around midfield in the last 15 minutes of the half, where he won three clean kickouts.
It was O’Boyle, with the aid of Fergal Doherty, who forced the score which finally put daylight between the sides. A long ball from Bradley towards O’Boyle broke and Doherty, though visibly struggling with injury, smashed in along the endline.
He squared and O’Boyle fisted off the bar, with Brian Malone unable to grasp the greasy rebound and spilling it over the line into his own net.
The own goal rattled Wexford and only for a brilliant stop from Anthony Masterson to deny Bradley, the gap could have widened further. Benny Heron pointed the 45’ and then Daniel Heavron abandoned sweeping duties to kick Derry into a 1-8 to 0-4 interval lead.
Ciaran Lyng responded with a superb score off his left from right out in the corner, a trick which he repeated off his right later in the half.
Cailean O’Boyle’s man-of-the-match display keeping the scoreboard ticking over, but at times Bradley and O’Boyle were one against one inside, with acres of space in front.
Brian McIver’s side did enough however, and will now face one of Tyrone, Tipperary, Armagh or Galway for a place in round four of the qualifiers.
Derry: T Mallon; O Duffy, C McKaigue, D McBride; L McGoldrick (0-1), B Rogers, SL McGoldrick; N Holly, F Doherty; B Heron (0-2, 0-1f), M Lynch (0-6, 0-5f), E Lynn (0-1); D Heavron (0-1), E Bradley (0-1f), C O’Boyle (0-3)
Subs: T O’Brien for Doherty (60), K McKaigue for Rogers (60), C McAtamney (0-1) for Lynn (66), C Murphy for E Bradley (67)
Wexford: A Masterson; R Tierney, N Rossiter, J Wadding; S Donohoe, G Molloy, A Flynn (0-1); S Byrne, B Malone (own goal, 1-0); T Rossiter, B Brosnan (0-3f), K Butler; C Lyng (0-5, 0-2f), M O’Regan, K O’Grady
Subs: J Breen for Wadding (HT), E Nolan (0-1) for Byrne (HT), C Kehoe for Malone (HT), J Tubritt for O’Grady (61), P Byrne for O’Regan (61)
Referee: F Kelly (Longford)