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Wexford show no mercy

WEXFORD kept themselves firmly in the promotion hunt with a remarkably easy win in Tullamore yesterday.

The paltry home support watched on in frustration as Offaly tried hard but clearly lacked self-belief.

The only positive for the home side was the return of star attacker Niall McNamee after his long lay-off and while he was unable to turn the game, he showed flashes of his talent.

Wexford stormed into a 0-8 to 0-1 lead after 27 minutes. They looked like they had the points in the bag when 0-10 to 0-3 in front at half-time.

Ken Casey gave Offaly a glimmer of hope with a quick goal but Wexford soon put the issue to bed. Offaly's day went from bad to worse when sub Kevin Lynam received a straight red.

Wexford were 0-16 to 1-3 ahead before sub Bernard Allen got a consolation goal, but the winners pulled away again with an injury-time goal from Shane Roche.

Man of the Match: PJ Banville (Wexford)

SCORERS -- Wexford: B Brosnan (4f), PJ Banville 0-5 each, S Roche 1-2, C Lyng 0-4 (3f), A Flynn 0-2, A Doyle, R Barry, M O'Leary 0-1 each. Offaly: B Allen, K Casey 1-0 each, N Dunne 0-3 (3f), B Connor 0-2.

WEXFORD -- T Hughes 7; R Tierney 7, G Molloy 8, B Malone 6; A Flynn 8, D Murphy 7, A Doyle 7; A Shore 7, D Waters 7; R Berry 6, C Morris 6, B Brosnan 7; C Lyng 7, S Roche 8, PJ Banville 9. Subs: C Carty 6 for Murphy (50), L Shin 6 for Morris (50), R Quinlivan 6 for Shore (59), P Kelly 6 for Lyng (59), M O'Leary 6 for Banville (62).

OFFALY -- A Mulhall 7; J Gallagher 6, J Moloney 8, P Boland 6; L Hiney 6, P McConway 6, D Kelly 6; N Smith 6, B Connor 8; J Keane 6, A McNamee 6, N Dunne 6; A Sullivan 6, W Mulhall 6, K Casey 6. Subs: N McNamee 6 for Hiney (h-t), B Allen 7 for Sullivan (h-t), K Lynam 6 for McConway (38), G Treacy 6 for W Mulhall (59).

Ref -- P Hughes (Armagh).

Irish Independent