Tuesday 21 November 2017

Lynch hits form as Wexford struggle

PLAYING with greater intensity throughout the pitch, Derry were full value for their comfortable nine-point victory over a disappointing Wexford outfit at Wexford Park.

For Derry it was their second win of the campaign, but it could have been more decisive had they been more clinical with their finishing.

Their approach play throughout was excellent, but their finishing from scoreable positions was often wayward with 15 wides kicked compared to the hosts' seven.

However, manager Brian McIver was happy to have collected a second brace of points to bring them right back into the promotion race.

"We seemed to be able to create so much space, but it was that final touch that saw so many chances kicked wide. But still I'm happy with 19 points and a nine-point win," he said.

"Everyone knew we would have to play to the best of our ability to take home the points for Wexford were unbeaten going into this game.

"We won't be carried away, but it's something positive to build on for our next game."


Wexford boss Aidan O'Brien agreed that Derry were deserving of the points.

"Derry took the initiative playing into the breeze and would have been the happier side at the break going in two points clear," he said.

"We were chasing the game, but had Shane Roche's effort hit the net instead of the bar in the second hal, it could have lifted us. We're disappointed, but it was a huge learning curve for the side. We just have to pick it up for Lough next weekend."

Corner-back Gerard O'Kane opened the scoring for Derry inside two minutes followed by two, including a free, from team-mate Emmett McGuckin within nine minutes, despite playing into the wind.

It took the homeside until the 17th minute to open their account through a Ben Brosnan pointed free.

Mark Lynch and Roche (free) exchanged points, but it was a surge from Wexford that produced points from PJ Banville, a Roche punched effort and Brosnan that had the sides level at 0-6 each after 33 minutes. But then Derry pulled clear, adding points through Sean L McGoldrick and Enda Lynn to lead 0-8 to 0-6 at the interval, which would have been greater, but for eight first-half wides.

Wexford, who never led the game, opened the second half with a Brosnan pointed free, but Derry replied immediately as Lynn raced through the centre to point. They went on to kick four unanswered points through Charlie Kielt, James Kielt, Lynn and PJ McCloskey to lead 0-13 to 0-7.

Wexford replied with a 55th-minute point from sub Rory Quinlivan, but with 11 minutes remaining, Derry had a real let off as 'keeper Thomas Mallon parried a low Joey Wadding shot leaving the in-rushing Roche to crash the loose ball off the crossbar, which just about summed up the hosts' afternoon, with Derry going on to outscore their opponents 0-6 to 0-2 through the closing 10 minutes.

To add to Wexford's woes they had Daithi Waters sent off on a second yellow card on full-time.

Man of the match: Mark Lynch (Derry)

scorers – Derry: E McGuckin 0-5 (2f), E Lynn 0-4, J Kielt (1f), R Wilkinson 0-2 each, G O'Kane, C Kielt, M Lynch, S L McGoldrick, P Bradley, P J McCloskey 0-1 each. Wexford: B Brosnan (2f), S Roche (2f) 0-3 each, A Flynn 0-2, P J Banville, R Quinlivan 0-1 each.

Derry: T Mallon 7; G O'Kane 7, D McBride 7, C McKaigue 6; C Kielt 7, M Lynch 9, S L McGoldrick 7; P Bradley 7, P J McCloskey 7; B McGoldrick 6, E Lynn 7, J Kielt 6; B Heron 7, E McGuckin 7, L Kennedy. Subs: R Wilkinson 7 for Kennedy (45); D Heavron 7 for J Kielt (50); C McFall 6 for Heron (61); R Bell for McCloskey (67); C McWilliams for Lynch (70).

Wexford: T Hughes 7; J Wadding 6, G Molloy 7, R Tierney 6; B Malone 6, L Chin 6, A Doyle 5; D Waters 7, C Doyle 6; A Flynn 6, B Brosnan 6, P Byrne 6; S Roche 6, R Barry 6, P J Banville 7. Subs: R Quinlivan 7 for C Doyle (32); D Murphy 7 for Chin (44); J Holmes 6 for A Doyle (50); K O'Grady 7 for Brosnan (51); M Furlong 7 for Tierney (56).

Ref – M Collins (Cork).

Irish Independent

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