Brosnan a model of excellence
WEXFORD held off a late Offaly surge to emerge with a single-point victory in a scrappy game at Wexford Park yesterday afternoon.
Wexford looked to be coasting to victory leading 1-14 to 1-7 with five minutes remaining, but an Alan Lyons 66th-minute goal sparked Offaly to life as they controlled the closing minutes, tagging on three further unanswered points through Karol Slattery and two Niall McNamee frees, to leave the minimum separating the sides.
It looked as if it had opened the door for Offaly to mount one final effort in search of the equaliser but the final whistle saved Wexford's blushes.
Wexford had started brightly and led by 1-3 to 0-1 after 17 minutes, the goal a neat finish from Adrian Flynn after Ciaran Lyng had split the defence. The match never really settled down with Offaly kicking some dreadful wides, but a 26th-minute David Egan goal, followed by a McNamee pointed free had the sides level at 1-3 each.
Sloppy defending from Offaly allowed Wexford finish the half with points from Paddy Byrne and Brian Malone to lead 1-6 to 1-4 at the interval.
On the resumption superb points from Ben Brosnan and Lyng helped Wexford extend into a 1-14 to 1-7 lead, with John Reynolds and McNamee pointing in reply for Offaly.
Offaly may have exploded into life in the closing stages but prior to that they kicked 12 dreadful wides in a wasteful display, particularly in the first half.
Wexford, in contrast, showed a more clinical finishing power, but manager Jason Ryan will not be pleased by seeing his side come so close to being caught at the finish.
Scorers -- Wexford: A Flynn 1-2, B Brosnan 0-5, (1f, 1 '45), C Lyng 0-4 (1f), B Malone, P Naughter, P Byrne 0-1 each. Offaly: D Egan, A Lyons 1-0 each, N McNamee 0-6 (5f), J Reynolds 0-3, K Slattery 0-1.
Wexford -- A Masterson; J Wadding, D Walsh, B Malone; N Murphy, D Murphy, C Morris; D Waters, C Byrne; P Naughter, R Barry, A Flynn; B Brosnan, C Lyng, P Byrne. Subs: K Kennedy for Walsh (52), B Doyle for Byrne (55), E Bradley for Waters (55), D Kehoe for Morris (63), S Roche for Naughter (65).
Offaly -- A Mulhall; M Conlon, C Kiely, S Pender; C Carroll, S Sullivan, K Slattery; R Dalton, B Connor; P McConway, D Egan, C McManus; A Lyons, J Reynolds, N McNamee. Subs: S Ryan for Carroll (35), A Sullivan for Egan (42), N Smyth for Connor (55), S Brady for McManus (55).
Ref -- M Condon (Waterford).