Tuesday 20 February 2018

Wanderers flop in Towns Cup opener

WEXFORD WANDERERS first XV travelled to Naas on Saturday last for the opening round of the Provincial Towns Cup. The game, which had been postponed two weeks earlier due to bad weather, was played in excellent conditions.

The task for the visiting side was difficult to say the least, considering the success of the home side in this competion in recent years. The game started well for Wexford with the sides evenly-matched for most of the first-half.

The Wexford lads competed well and at the break the home side led the contest by just 10-0. However, in the second-half the experience and relative league position of the home side came to the fore when they increased the scoreline to finish the game 34-0.

It must be said, however, that the scoreline does not reflect the passion and 'give it a lash' attitude of the side, with a belief definitely in evidence. Notable performances were provided by two players returning to the Wexford setup.

Former youths international John Rowe played out of position at flanker while Mark Whelan was in his usual position in the middle of the back row. Anthony Walsh also made a big impact when he came on initially for Mcconville.

One can only feel that if the visitors had a few more wins under their belts this season that the final result may have been much tighter. Rowe is unfortunately unavailable for the balance of the league campaign but will be a huge bonus to the side next season where it is hoped his experience with other clubs over the past few seasons will provide fresh impetus to the side.

While the Towns Cup campaign is over for another season, the Wexford side have an equally challenging home game next weekend. The visitors to Park Lane on Sunday at 3 p.m. are near neighbours New Ross, and the game is the opening fixture of both sides' Provincial Towns Plate campaign for 2012.

The game promises to be a real heavyweight clash between two local sides with a chance for one to overcome their disappointment at exiting the Towns Cup at such an early stage. New Ross must feel particularly grieved at such a narrow loss to Wicklow in the first round of the Towns Cup, while Wexford will want to put the Naas defeat behind them. Supporters of the team are asked to come out to Park Lane for 3 p.m. on Sunday next to give them a boost from the sidelines.

Team: Richie Morris, Alan Kinsella, Willie Morris, Niall Stenning, Wayne O'connor, John Rowe, Mark Whelan, Killian Mcconville, Stuart Ryan, Paul Gannon, Pádraig Cousins, Corey Carthy, Cillian Gowan, Robbie Casey, Seán O Corcora. Subs. - Anthony Walsh, Rory O'leary, James O'connor, Barry Walsh, John Browne, Gavin Doyle, Neil Mac Aogáin.

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