Monday 23 October 2017

Bit of devilment making Wexford a force again

John Mullane

IT IS time the Wexford public started to get behind Liam Dunne and his players again. Because I saw enough about them on Saturday evening at Wexford Park to suggest that they can emerge as a force again under the 1996 All-Ireland hero.

The game against Dublin wasn't brilliant as a spectacle and both teams were guilty of erratic shooting. But Wexford deserve credit for closing the gap on the Dubs, having lost to them by 13 points in the league.

What I liked about the Model County was the way they set out their stall, and I really like the look of their defence. Physically, they're like the Wexford of old and they were too strong for Dublin's forwards.

They play within the rules but there's a bit of devilment about them too and Gerry Fitzpatrick can take credit for their physical development.

Lee Chin looks a terrific athlete. This lad could be massive for Wexford going forward, if he gets more hurling into him.

Dublin need to restructure their team for the replay next weekend. Anthony Daly must put Joey Boland back to centre-back, partner Liam Rushe and Johnny McCaffrey at midfield, and return Conal Keaney to attack.

But Daly will feel that he can get more out of his charges and Dublin have the potential to improve more than Wexford.

A word too for Wexford's 20-year-old Jack Guiney. What composure he showed on such a big day. But I suspect he could finish on the losing side on Saturday evening. Dublin to sneak it.

Irish Independent

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