Sunday 25 February 2018

Clare v Wexford Game at a Glance

MAN OF THE MATCH

Jackie Cahill

Tony Kelly (Clare)

This was more of a solid overall team performance from Clare, without ever hitting the high notes. Cathal McInerney scored 2-1 after coming off the bench, but Tony Kelly was consistently good throughout as he roamed to good effect and picked off four points.

TURNING POINT

Clare opened the first period of extra-time in devastating fashion and had the game wrapped up within minutes. Conor McGrath was the provider for both goals as the Banner County blitzed their opponents and McInerney was the executioner.

TALKING POINT

Are Clare genuine All-Ireland contenders? Davy Fitzgerald continues to play down their chances, but if they improve on their finishing, they can still have a big say in this year's championship. It's one of those rare wide-open seasons and this is a fine opportunity for Clare.

MAGIC MOMENT

Jack Guiney's equalising goal deep in stoppage time was a fabulous strike. The U-21 star brilliantly fetched Ciaran Kenny's delivery and although he was being fouled, Guiney had goal on his mind as he held off a couple of would-be tacklers before finding the net.

REF WATCH

A quietly effective game from Diarmuid Kirwan. None of his decisions had a major bearing on the end result and he allowed some good advantages throughout, most notably when Guiney was allowed to continue before his equalising goal.

WHAT THEY SAID

Davy Fitzgerald (Clare manager):

"Of the six teams left we'll be total outsiders. But you know what, we like that. We're fighters in Clare."

Liam Dunne (Wexford manager)

"I don't know what's going to happen. I was given a two-year term. Maybe JJ Doyle will take it. But I don't know. . . it's not a day for ifs or whats, like in fairness."

MATCH STATISTICS

Wides

Clare 20 (7 first half),

Wexford 10 (2)

Extra-time:

Clare 4,

Wexford 2

Frees

Clare 15 (10)

Wexford 17 (8)

Extra-time:

Clare 1

Wexford 1

Yellow cards

Clare 5 (S O'Donnell 19, C Dillon 52, P Donnellan 67, T Kelly 70, P Collins 77)

Wexford 8 (M Fanning 17, T Waters 31, C Kenny 40, E Moore 47, G Sinnott 70, K Rossiter 76, B Kenny 86, 88)

Red cards

Clare 0

Wexford 1 (B Kenny 88)

WHAT'S NEXT

Clare progress to the All-Ireland SHC quarter-finals on Sunday, July 28. It's back to the drawing board for Wexford.

Irish Independent

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