Wednesday 24 May 2017

Davy Fitz pays tribute to Wexford hero Mark Fanning following family bereavement during the week

Davy Fitz and (inset) Mark Fanning
Davy Fitz and (inset) Mark Fanning

Independent.ie Sports Desk

Davy Fitzgerald has hailed Wexford star Mark Fanning for his display in today's memorable win over Kilkenny in the quarter final of the Allianz League.

Wexford keeper Fanning scored two points in their 2-18 to 0-19 win over Cody's Cats just days after the death of his grandfather.

“People probably don’t realise that Mark’s grandad, who he was very close to, passed away the other day,” Fitzgerald told RTE.

“How he went out and played today, I don’t know. I’m blown away by it and he didn’t want any fuss made over it. To his family, I wish my deepest sympathy.

“What they allowed him to do today was unreal and the respect we have for him is incredible - fair play to him because he’s a brilliant man.”

Wexford, who secured their first league win over Kilkenny at Nowlan Park since 1957, will meet All-Ireland title holders Tipperary who, as expected, brushed aside the challenge of Offaly in Tullamore.

The other semi-final will feature Galway and Limerick who beat Division 1A sides Waterford and Cork respectively. The two games are scheduled for Sunday week, April 16.

SCORERS

Wexford - C McDonald 1-8 (0-4 frees), P Morris 0-3, L Chin 0-3 (0-1 free), D Dunne 1-0, M Fanning 0-2 (frees), D O'Keeffe and D Redmond 0-1 each.

Kilkenny - TJ Reid 0-10 (0-9 frees), L Blanchfield 0-3, O Walsh 0-2, P Deegan, C Buckley, W Walsh, R Hogan 0-1 each.

WEXFORD: M Fanning, W Devereux, L Ryan, D Reck, S Murphy, J Breen, M O'Hanlon, D O'Keeffe, J O'Connor, A Nolan, P Morris, L Chin, D Redmond, C McDonald, D Dunne. Subs - J Guiney for Redmond (53 mins), H Kehoe for O'Connor (60), B Carton for Morris (70), A Maddock for Nolan (71).

KILKENNY: E Murphy, P Murphy, P Walsh, S Prendergast, L Ryan, J Cleere, P Deegan, O Walsh, C Buckley, C Fennelly, W Walsh, TJ Reid, L Blanchfield, R Hogan, C Martin. Subs - JJ Farrell for Ryan (49).

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