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‘Passionate’ Wexford end their Nowlan Park hoodoo to keep Championship hopes alive

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Wexford's Liam Ryan and Kilkenny's Conor Delaney in action during Saturday's Leinster SHC Round 5 clash at UPMC Nowlan Park, Kilkenny. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Wexford's Liam Ryan and Kilkenny's Conor Delaney in action during Saturday's Leinster SHC Round 5 clash at UPMC Nowlan Park, Kilkenny. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Wexford's Liam Ryan and Kilkenny's Conor Delaney in action during Saturday's Leinster SHC Round 5 clash at UPMC Nowlan Park, Kilkenny. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

You doubt Wexford at your peril, the latest incumbents of a proud hurling tradition invoking the spirit of Vinegar Hill to earn a first ever championship win over Kilkenny in Nowlan Park on Saturday evening. The surprise result prolongs their interest in the MacCarthy Cup, Kilkenny advancing to the Leinster final despite a second defeat in the round-robin phase.

A frantic passage of play near the end summed up Wexford defiance when a shot for goal from Billy Ryan was blocked by Liam Ryan’s back and Damien Reck made a dramatic save to deny a pulled attempt by TJ Reid that looked destined for the net. A week after drawing with Westmeath and looking on the brink of elimination, Wexford were transformed.


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