Sunday 19 August 2018

Davy Fitzgerald livid but Brendan Cummins thinks Kilkenny defeat could be a blessing in disguise for Wexford

Wexford manager Davy Fitzgerald and Kikenny manager Brian Cody after the Leinster GAA Hurling Senior Championship Round 5 match between Kilkenny and Wexford at Nowlan Park in Kilkenny. Photo by Daire Brennan/Sportsfile
Wexford manager Davy Fitzgerald and Kikenny manager Brian Cody after the Leinster GAA Hurling Senior Championship Round 5 match between Kilkenny and Wexford at Nowlan Park in Kilkenny. Photo by Daire Brennan/Sportsfile
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Wexford manager Davy Fitzgerald raged over some of the refereeing decisions as his side were beaten by Kilkenny at Nowlan Park Sunday but Brendan Cummins is predicting some back-door benefits for the Model men.

A 0-22 to 1-18 loss meant that Brian Cody's outfit advanced to a Leinster final clash with Galway while Wexford secured third place in Leinster's round robin series.

They will now meet either Carlow or Westmeath (Joe McDonagh Cup finallists) in a preliminary quarter-final, before taking on the beaten Munster finalllists should they win.

"Davy will be disappointed because he's a winner but when he looks at it now, 'Right, we have a month'," Cummins told The Sunday Game.

"By the time we see Wexford again in a month's time they will be that ball of energy again that we're used to seeing, working the ball up through the channels.

"You would expect them to beat the Joe McDonagh winners or finallists and then they won't fear what's coming out of Munster. Tipperary gone today, Waterford out of the championship. You're left with Limerick, Clare or Cork and Wexford won't mind playing them.

"It gives Wexford a huge chance to get to an All-Ireland semi-final where they'll probably play another Munster team and anything can happen from there."

Fitzgerald fumed in the aftermath of Saturday's game over, what he felt, were inconsistencies in the performance of referee James McGrath.

"There were frees given in one half and not given as easy in the other half - that's fact," he said.

"I love the way Kilkenny play, I'll always admire it but we might as well waste our time if it's not 100pc across the board. There was one blatant foul in front of me and it wouldn't be a yellow card and it was blatant.

"It is hard to take when I saw two or three things in front of me where a free could have been given. Yet, if you look where the frees were scored from, I guarantee you - and I don't know the stats - they got a lot more scores from their frees than we got from ours. Look at the positions, look at where we got our frees.

"You can say I'm whinging - I'm not. I work on statistics, on fact."

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