Deeney goal rescues Model
Wexford 2-14 Wicklow 3-7
Two second-half goals rescued Wexford as they came from five points down to eventually emerge with a four-point victory over Wicklow in their Leinster MFC clash at Innovate Wexford Park on Saturday.
Wicklow looked comfortable at the break when leading by five having played into the wind, but they somehow contrived to let the initiative slip away from them on the resumption, allowing the Jamie Myler-inspired Model side to bounce back and hit the game's crucial scores.
Wicklow dominated the opening half playing excellent football against the elements, with two goals from Jordan Deans and another from Sean Gregory easing them into a 3-4 to 0-8 interval lead.
John Nolan's Wexford side, with corner-forward Myler leading by example on his way to eight points, came alive in the second-half through a 34th-minute Jamie Thomas goal, while midfielder Brian Deeney hit the net with seven minutes remaining.
That was the telling blow and despite losing heavily to Offaly in their opener, Wexford join the Faithful in the quarter-final draw.
SCORERS - Wexford: J Myler 0-8 (2f), B Deeney, J Thomas 1-0 each, S Wall, J Sutton, M Molloy 0-2 each.
Wicklow: J Deans 2-1, S Gregory 1-1, G Murphy (1f) 0-4, A Dixon 0-1.
Wexford - D Brooks; P Loughlin, B Maddock, A Hogan; P Cowman, E Porter, G Sheehan; D Goulson, B Deeney; S Wall, D Lyne, J Sutton; J Myler, M Molloy, J Thomas. Subs: D Kehoer for Cowman (40), E Dunbar for Lyne (4), S Nolan for Thomas (59).
Wicklow - C Brown; C Lee, C O Gallchoir, J Tyrrell; S Branagan, T O'Toole, F O'Shea; L Miley, P O'Toole; A Dixon, G Murphy, S Gregory; O McGraynor, J Deans, M Reid. Subs: K Sheehy for Miley (47), J Hedderman for Dixon (57).
REF - B Tiernan (Dublin).