Friday 23 August 2019

Wexford football in crisis as McLoughlin resigns

Derry 4-16 Wexford 0-10

Paul McLoughlin resigned as Wexford manager after the match. Photo: Matt Browne/Sportsfile
Paul McLoughlin resigned as Wexford manager after the match. Photo: Matt Browne/Sportsfile

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It was a game of contrasting fortunes for the respective managers as Wexford's Paul McLoughlin resigned in the aftermath of this embarrassing defeat to Derry in their All-Ireland senior football qualifier at Innovate Wexford Park.

Derry coasted through the game proving a superior class to their opponents who failed through the opening 35 minutes despite playing with a breeze.

It was a game of contrasting fortunes for the respective managers as Derry's Damien McErlain saw his side end the game as a contest inside the opening 15 minutes when they had raced into a 2-2 to 0-3 lead, with the attack tearing the home defence to shreds.

This was in stark contrast to his opposite number McLoughlin, who resigned immediately after the game, leaving the grounds a disconsolate man having spoken briefly to the players in the dressing room following this dismal performance.

McErlain was quite happy with his side's performance. "We played some quality football, controlled the game, kept our composure throughout the 70 minutes. We did what we really had to do."

Derry set themselves up for this result with a blistering start as they controlled the outfield exchanges from the throw-in. Despite conceding the opening point after six minutes, when Brian Malone moved forward out of defence and linked up with Jonathan Bealin to kick an excellent score, that was as good as it got for the home side.

Ryan Bell of Derry in action against Eoin Porter of Wexford. Photo: Matt Browne/Sportsfile
Ryan Bell of Derry in action against Eoin Porter of Wexford. Photo: Matt Browne/Sportsfile

Derry calmly played their way into the game. Dominant in the outfield exchanges, they still had to wait until the eighth minute for their opening score.

Going in at the break with Derry leading 4-5 to 0-5, the Derry management could have had few complaints with that first-half performance as the side looked hugely impressive, with the dominant feature of their play being an ability to control possession, while they always seemed to have several players on the overlap, as they carried out their game-plan to perfection.

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Derry were simply going through the motions through the second 35 minutes, being content to pick off points at will, as they moved the ball about without undue pressure, hardly raising a sweat in the process.

Derry now go into the second round draw but for Wexford the best that can be said after a dismal year is that football is in a real 'crisis' in the county.

Jason Rocks of Derry in action against Brian Malone of Wexford. Photo: Matt Browne/Sportsfile
Jason Rocks of Derry in action against Brian Malone of Wexford. Photo: Matt Browne/Sportsfile

Scorers - Derry: R Bell 1-4 (2f), S McGuigan 1-3 (1f), E Bradley 1-2, E Lynn 1-0, C McAtamney, B Heron 0-2 each, C McFaul, C Bradley, J Doherty, 0-1 each. Wexford: D Shanley (2f), T Byrne 0-2 each, M Furlong, B Malone, N Hughes, C Devitt, J Bealin (f), J Cash 0-1 each.

Wexford - M Doyle 6; M Furlong 7, E Porter 6, A Nolan 5; G Malone 7, B Malone 7, M O'Connor 7; Daithi Waters 6, Niall Hughes 6; Eoghan Nolan 5, Ben Brosnan 5, Conor Devitt 5; Kevin O'Grady 5, David Shannon 5, Jonathan Bealin 6. Subs: James Cash 7 for Nolan (23), Thomas Byrne 7 for Nolan (28), Shane Doyle 6 for Devitt (h-t), Donal Shanley 7 for Bealin (50), John Tubritt 7 for Shannon (50).

Derry - T Mallon 7; K McKaigue 7, B Rogers 8, N Keenan 7; J Rocks 7, C McKaigue 7, R Mooney 7; C McAtamney 7, C McFaul 8; E Bradley 8, B Heron 8, P Cassidy 7; S McGuigan 8, R Bell 9, E Lynn 7. Subs: C Bradley 7 for E Bradley (43 inj), E Concannon 7 for K McKaigue (45), S F Quinn 7 for Keenan (45), J Doherty 7 for McGuigan (51), C Mulholland 7 for Rogers (55), P Coney 6 for Lynn (55).

Ref - A Nolan (Wicklow)

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