Tuesday 24 April 2018

Wexford pay the price for windy decision

Conor Lehane, Cork, in action against Lee Chin, Wexford
Conor Lehane, Cork, in action against Lee Chin, Wexford

Cyril Farrell

Cork are back in the groove but it is no small thanks to Wexford's bizarre decision to play against the wind in the first half.

A team already short on confidence should have used the wind to their advantage and tried to build a lead.

For me, only three teams in the country would chose to play against the wind: Kilkenny, Tipperary and Cork. And Wexford paid the ultimate price for that poor choice.

The initiative was handed to Cork from the off and they never looked back. Conor Lehane and Patrick Horgan were both back to their best and going forward, they will get better.

The scoreboard in Portlaoise suggested that Dublin had it all their own way against Laois, but they didn't.

Dublin hit 21 wides, which doesn't sound great, but it shows they had a lot of possession and they'll have to improve in that regard for the next game.

They have the forwards to trouble most defences and having Liam Rushe back at centre-back is crucial but tougher tests lie ahead.

Clare also got back on track and they did so by silencing a lot of their critics - the majority of whom, it must be said, have come from inside their own county.

They copped a lot of unfair stick from supporters but I think Davy has used that to unify the squad even more.

Like all supporters, when the team is winning, they are behind you, but when things go wrong, that quickly changes.

Clare have found a nice balance in the side with Darach Honan and they look like a very dangerous outfit again.

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