A Donal Shanley 40-metre pointed free two minutes from the end of extra-time handed Wexford a deserved draw with Carlow in this excellent Leinster MFC clash in Horeswood last night.
The sides were deadlocked at half-time, 1-4 to 0-7, the Wexford goal a 21st-minute effort from Kevin O'Connor, while it was the excellent point-taking of Niall Quinlan and Shane McGrath that inspired Carlow.
As the second half developed both sides had their periods of dominance, with Wexford leading 2-10 to 1-10 with the game deep into additional time. The home side's second goal came from midfielder Paudie Barden just one minute into the second half, but it was a goal from Shane McGrath that hauled Carlow back into contention, while sub Diarmuid Walsh forced extra-time with that late goal.
Points from Niall Quinlan and Diarmuid Walsh saw Carlow edge in front until Shanley's late pointed free forced a replay.
Scorers -- Wexford: D Shanley 0-8 (6f), P Barden 1-1, K O'Connor 1-0, J Tubritt, E O'Byrne, P Curtis 0-1 each. Carlow: S McGrath 1-4, N Quinlan 0- 5 (4f, 1sl), D Walsh 1-1, S Webb, C Blake, 0-1 each.
Wexford -- M O'Toole; T McDonnell, P Cody, S Donohue; N Rossiter, S Byrne, J Tubritt; P Barden, E O'Byrne; G Stamp, D Shanley, P Conway; P Breen, P Waters, K O'Connor. Subs: C Cleary for Rossiter, P Curtis for Stamp, D Doyle for Breen, P Shannon for McDonnell, J Carty for Waters.
Carlow -- A Murphy; K Chattan, D Hickey, G Power; F O'Toole, N Swan, C Murphy; J Dwyer, C Fenlon; S Webb, M Furey, S McGrath; N Quinlan, A Beaton, C Blake. Subs: R O'Brien for Fenlon, D Walsh for Furey, T Kenny for Webb.
ref -- K Whelan (Wicklow).