Saturday 19 August 2017

'Davy Fitzgerald ban will only galvanise Wexford further' - Jackie Tyrell

Wexford manager Davy Fitzgerald tussles with Jason Forde of Tipperary during the Allianz Hurling League Division 1 Semi-Final match between Wexford and Tipperary at Nowlan Park in Kilkenny. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile
Wexford manager Davy Fitzgerald tussles with Jason Forde of Tipperary during the Allianz Hurling League Division 1 Semi-Final match between Wexford and Tipperary at Nowlan Park in Kilkenny. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile
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Former Kilkenny defender Jackie Tyrell believes Davy Fitzgerald's eight-week sideline ban will only serve to strengthen Wexford's resolve.

Fitzgerald has been sanctioned for encroaching onto the pitch during Wexford's defeat to Tipperary in last weekend's National Hurling League semi-final.

As a result, the former Clare and Waterford boss will miss Wexford's Leinster quarter-final against a round-robin qualifier (against either Laois, Westmeath, Meath or Kerry) and a Leinster semi-final clash with Brian Cody's Cats, should they be victorious.

Fitzgerald told TG4 after the game that he had run onto the pitch to protest after he felt a Wexford defender was fouled in the lead-up for Tipperary's second goal by Noel McGrath and to give his side a motivational lift.

Nine-time All-Ireland winner Tyrell agreed with the level of sanction handed down by the GAA's Central Competitions Control Committee but believes Davy's absence from the sideline might actually turn out to be a positive for the Model county.

"I think it's justified," he told RTE.

"Davy, unfortunately, left himself open when he encroached on the field last weekend, and then getting involved with two Tipperary players.

"You just can't do that. Davy knows that this week.

"It's just unfortunate, because he has done so much good with Wexford, that he won't be involved for the next eight weeks.

"I'm sure Davy will have a way of turning that into a positive for Wexford and it will galvanise them more."

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