Monday 11 December 2017

The game at a glance

Man of the match

Michael Quinn (Longford)

He was exhausted at the end but centre half-back Quinn was on the ball so often, and rarely, if ever, lost possession. His distribution was outstanding, and he kicked another excellent point. His return from the AFL is good, not just for Longford, but for football.

Turning point

You'd have to go for any of Longford's missed goal chances. So we'll plump for the last one, when Seanie McCormack sent Paul Barden clear but he pulled his left-footed shot wide. Had he converted that gilt-edged chance, Wexford were done.

Talking point

Can Wexford repeat their heroic efforts against Dublin in last year's Leinster final when they meet in the semi-final in a fortnight?

Magic moment

Under pressure from three Longford defenders, Redmond Barry dropped the ball and flicked it back with the heel of his boot to Eric Bradley, resulting in a Shane Roche point in the first half.

Ref watch

Conor Lane had a good enough game. He tried to let the game flow as much as possible and kept the cards to a minimum.

What they said

Jason Ryan (Wexford):

"(Dublin's) tackling, organisation and structure against Louth was absolutely awesome and it's a difficult task. We're delighted to be there though."

Glenn Ryan (Longford):

"It's a tough one to take, no doubt about it. But you're competing at that level and we showed a huge amount of positives but we fell short."

Match statistics

Wides: Wexford 9 (6 first half); Longford 9 (5)

Frees: Wexford 17 (10); Longford 17 (7)

Yellow cards: Wexford 2 (A Flynn 22, B Malone 27); Longford 1 (N Mulligan 22)

Red cards: Wexford 0; Longford 0

Attendance: 10,171

What next?

Wexford will meet Dublin in the Leinster SFC semi-final on July 1, while Longford go into the qualifier draw.

Irish Independent

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