Wednesday 13 December 2017

Longford v Wexford Game at a Glance

MAN OF THE MATCH

Liam Kelly

Liam Kelly

Paddy Byrne (Wexford)

There were a number of contenders, including Daithi Waters of Wexford and Sean McCormack of Longford, but Byrne's hard work, energy and contribution throughout a testing night gets the vote.

TURNING POINT

Waters' 56th-minute goal for Wexford. It put them a point behind and infused them with the belief that they were capable of winning. That was confirmed a minute later by Aindreas Doyle's equalising point.

TALKING POINT

From a Longford point of view, why didn't referee Padraig O'Sullivan blow for that late foul on Paul Barden? There was no guarantee that Sean McCormack would have got the score, but it was a real possibility. A case of 'advantage' being of no advantage to the attacking side.

MAGIC MOMENT

A lovely point by Sean McCormack of Longford in the 55th minute. He was at an awkward angle around 35 metres out from the Wexford goal and kicked it beautifully.

REF WATCH

A bit hasty in awarding some of the yellow cards and, in letting the play flow at times, O'Sullivan didn't always reward the player in possession.

WHAT THEY SAID

Aidan O'Brien (Wexford manager):

"Halfway through the first half I was embarrassed with the effort and with the level of our performance. We had some honest exchanges at half-time and the guys responded to that."

Glenn Ryan (Longford manager):

"It (the melee) was a pity. I hope that is the end of it from a Wexford point of view as I wouldn't like to see any of them miss out as a result of it."

MATCH STATISTICS

WIDES:

Wexford 13 (7 in first half)

Longford 4 (2)

Extra-time: Wexford 1 (0), Longford 2 (1)

FREES:

Wexford 21 (8)

Longford 21 (11)

Extra-time: Wexford 15 (7), Longford 8 (5)

YELLOW CARDS:

Wexford 5 (J Holmes 24, PJ Banville 35, C Lyng 51, R Quinlivan 53, P McCormack 65)

Longford 4 (M Brady 25, B McElvaney 47, N Mulligan 68, S Mulligan 83)

Red cards:

Wexford 0

Longford 0

WHAT'S NEXT?

Wexford are in the draw for the next round of the qualifiers; Longford's season is over.

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