Friday 23 March 2018

The Game at a Glance

Man of the match

Brian Fox (Tipperary)

Tipp had fine performances all over the field. But when they needed a calm head and a couple of massive scores in the last 15 minutes, right half-back Fox bombed forward to oblige.

Turning point

Wexford had come from seven points down in the first half to draw level with 16 minutes remaining and looked good for the win. But Tipp somehow found extra resolve to respond with a couple of scores from Fox and sub Alan Maloney.

Talking point

Where to now for Wexford manager Jason Ryan? The Waterford native has spent five seasons in charge of the Slaneysiders and improved the team beyond all recognition. But now Wexford bow out in their first qualifier. They hammered Tipp by 15 points in the National League but were outsmarted here.

Ref watch

Michael Duffy kept the free count pretty low, with 31 awarded. But Tipperary were unhappy that six of their players were booked, while just one Wexford player received a yellow card. Duffy didn't have any major game-changing calls to make but it did appear that Tipp had to earn their frees more than Wexford.

What they said

Peter Creedon

(Tipperary manager):

"It was a great result. We played some really good football. I am thrilled we held on as I thought we should have been further ahead at half-time."

Jason Ryan (Wexford manager):

"I'm absolutely devastated that we're out of the championship. We had 17 missed scoring chances in the game."

Match Statistics

Wides: Tipperary 5 (3 first half); Wexford 5 (3)

Frees: Tipperary 13 (5); Wexford 18 (9)

Yellow cards: Tipperary 6 (G Hannigan 22, P Austin 34, R Kiely 47, A Morrissey 48, H Coghlan 58, C McDonald 63); Wexford 1 ( C Lyng 34)

Red cards: Tipperary 0; Wexford 0

What next?

Tipperary have booked their place in round three of the qualifiers. Wexford's season is over.

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