Sport Gaelic Football

Friday 19 January 2018

The game at a glance

Man of the match: Shane Roche (Wexford): In Wexford's last two matches it was Ciaran Lyng and Ben Brosnan who made all the headlines, but yesterday Roche stepped from their shadows.

He finished with an impressive tally of 2-4, and was Wexford's leading light when they were fumbling in the dark in the first half.

Turning point

Much of Carlow's good work in the first half of the game was undone when they conceded a very sloppy goal just before half-time when centre-back Shane Redmond was dispossessed and Ciaran Lyng set up the unmarked Roche for a goal that sent the Carlow players into the dressing-room with their heads down.

Talking point

Ciaran Lyng and Ben Brosnan had been irresistible in Wexford's first two matches of the campaign against Offaly and Westmeath, but the Carlow defence tamed them well as the pair only managed a point from play each.

Ref watch

Michael Collins should be happy with his performance. He let the play flow and generally made all the right calls at the right times.

What they said

Jason Ryan (Wexford manager):

"The tag of red-hot favourites was difficult to get used to. Maybe that had something to do with the lack of slickness in our play at times. In the Leinster final we'll really have to take our chances better than we did today."

Luke Dempsey (Carlow): "Our first- half performance was excellent, but they got on top at midfield in the second half and dominated us physically. I'm still very proud of my players. Now we have to show that the improvement is genuine in our next performance."

Match statistics

Wides: Wexford 11 (8); Carlow 7 (4)

Frees: Wexford 17 (9); Carlow 22 (10)

Yellow cards: Wexford 3 (D Waters 16, C Morris 39, R Quinlivan 51); Carlow 4 (E Finnegan 20, A Murphy 25, D Foley 52, B Murphy 72)

Attendance: 58,723

What next?

Wexford play Dublin in the Leinster final on Sunday, July 10. Carlow take on Antrim in the second round of the qualifiers on Saturday, July 9.

Irish Independent

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