Shanley edges Wexford over line
Wexford 0-12 Armagh 1-8
Wexford manager Paul McLoughlin was happy to see his side end their five-game losing run after they held out for a single-point victory over a depleted Armagh side in this low-key league game played at Wexford Park yesterday afternoon.
"We've had a difficult league campaign, but at least we competed well today, which gives us something to work off for the championship opener with Laois. Although relegated, it was encouraging to end the league on a winning note," said McLoughlin.
Armagh manager Kieran McGeeney said: "We simply did not compete in the first half. We may have had only a handful of regulars, but the team that started was our first team on the day."
Wexford dominated the opening half, enjoying a 0-9 to 0-0 interval lead.
When Donal Shanley increased that lead within three minutes of the restart, it looked as if their control was to continue, until Armagh opened their account with a 42nd-minute point from substitute Aidan Forker.
Trailing, Armagh continued to miss chances until Andrew Murnin found the net after 57 minutes, leaving it 0-12 to 1-4.
With Wexford failing to score for the closing 25 minutes, three points from Gavin McParland helped reduce the deficit.
In additional time, Murnin had a punched effort for goal rebound off the upright wide, as the home side held out for victory.
Scorers - Wexford: D Shanley 0-6 (4f), J Stafford 0-2, G Malone, D Waters, P Curtis, D Pepper 0-1 each. Armagh: A Murnin 1-1, G McParland 0-3, G McCabe, O MacIohair, N Grimley, A Forker 0-1 each.
Wexford - C Swaine 7; C Carty 7, J Rossiter 7, M Furlong 7; G Malone 7, N Rossiter 7, S Doyle 6; D Waters 8, B Malone 8; B Brosnan 6, N Doyle 6, E Nolan 6; J Stafford 7, D Shanley 8, P Curtis 6. Subs: D Pepper 7 for N Doyle (42), R Frayne 6 for Stafford (48), T Rossiter 6 for Brosnan (50), M O'Neill 6 for S Doyle (55), N Doyle for Curtis (66).
Armagh - B Hughes 6; O Lappin 7, A McKay 7, J Cosgrove 6; R Kennedy 6, B Donaghy 7, G McCabe 7; S Sheridan 6, A Findon 6; R Lappin 7, A Duffy 6, O MacIomhair 7; G McParland 8, A Murnin 7, B Crealey 6. Subs: C Vernon 7 for Duffy (22), A Forker 7 for Findon (23), N Grimley 7 for Lappin (31), P Morrison 7 for Hughes (h-t), R Grugan 7 for Crealey (50), P Burns 7 for Donaghy (55), Donaghy for Kennedy (66).
Ref - J Hickey (Carlow).