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FRUSTRATED: Wexford manager Davy Fitzgerald. Pic: Sportsfile

FRUSTRATED: Wexford manager Davy Fitzgerald. Pic: Sportsfile

FRUSTRATED: Wexford manager Davy Fitzgerald. Pic: Sportsfile

Davy Fitzgerald never saw a bush he'd like to beat around but he resisted to urge to tell us what he really thought about how Saturday night's game with Dublin was refereed.

His reticence might have been partially due to the fact that Wexford managed to win the game, having made out for most out of the second half that they wouldn't.

Maybe the two points and a come-from-behind victory had soothed Fitzgerald in the few moments that passed between the full time whistle and the moment he arrived into the media room in Croke Park to reflect on it.

But still, Davy dubbed the evening "one of the most frustrating games I have ever been involved in."

Wexford finished with 13 men.

Conor McDonald was red-carded for a strike with the hurley on Paddy Smyth, one of three challenges on the Dublin defender in that passage and perhaps, the least offensive.

Shaun Murphy then walked for a second yellow when arguably, he should have been the one to go for the Smyth incident.

Throw in 13 bookings and 50 frees in a match that gave new meaning to the definition stop/start and it was impossible not to conclude that the referee had been the dominant influence on the game.

"We have a great game," Fitzgerald insisted.

"We have a great game, and it's important that we mind it. In hurling you can blow for a free every minute or two, but it's important to be sensible.

"I'm not going to give out right now because there's no point but I love the game of hurling we have, we need to be careful."

Asked whether he felt Johnny Murphy was simply too whistle-happy or whether the Limerick referee's interpretation of the rules was the manifestation of an edict from somewhere higher-up, Davy decided to add a bit of mystery to the conversation.

"I'm not going to go into what I know exactly… trust me," he said, cryptically.

"Let's just see if anything happens after tonight, that's all I'll say. Don't want to go into it.

"I'll just concentrate tonight on how resilient we were. Dublin fought their hearts out but we ground out some result at the end of that."

Of the McDonald sending off, he insisted: "I can't actually comment because I didn't actually see it, so there's no point in saying it's harsh or not.

"I need to have a look at it, and when I do I'll decide.

"I don't know what it was but when I see it I'll make a judgement," the Clareman added.

"Conor is adamant there was very little in it."


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