Sunday 25 February 2018

Dunne insists Wexford must become more clinical in front of goal

Wexford 4-12 Carlow 0-14 ALL-IRELAND SHC QUALIFIER

SIX minutes into the second half, Wexford were leading by just two points and playing into the breeze but three goals in five minutes helped them dismantle a determined Carlow.

The Barrowsiders deserve credit for the way they took the game to Wexford, putting them under considerable pressure for more than 40 minutes.

Wexford hit 17 wides compared to Carlow's six, a statistic that will not have been missed by Liam Dunne.

"I wasn't happy with a lot of it, we struck quite a lot of wides and left Carlow in the game for far too long. We were not under a lot of pressure but yet conceded a lot of frees, which kept them in the game," Dunne said.

"In general, we were not impressive in executing our own chances. We had lots of possession but until that three-goal burst we were finding it difficult."


But Dunne was happy that his side survived: "Once they hung in it was always going to be difficult. We stood up to it, though, and struck well for those three goals.

"Goals win matches. It's brilliant to be through to the next phase for it will give the younger player more experience of championship hurling.

"But the refereeing was scandalous. Nineteen frees to our seven just says it all. I said to the referee afterwards, 'bad day at the office'. But I'll say no more on that.

"We weren't thinking beyond this game. We struggled through the first half but 11 first-half wides tell the tale. Certainly the lads knew at half-time they were in a game. There were a lot of ice bags out for they took some big hits. We knew Carlow would be difficult. They are a big side with lots of good hurlers."

From the start of the second half, Wexford were gradually getting into their swing. It was sub Eoin Quigley who started that five-minute purple patch when he put Jack Guiney in for a 42nd-minute goal.

Four minutes later another sub, Gary Moore, found the net from an acute angle and then, from the puck-out, Rory Jacob cut through to score and put the home side 4-8 to 0-10 ahead.

SCORERS -- Wexford: R Jacob 2-3; D Lyng 0-5, (4f); J Guiney, G Moore 1-0 each; R Kehoe, D Redmond, G Sinnott, H Kehoe 0-1 each. Carlow: M Kavanagh 0-8 (7f); A Gaule 0-2; D English, M Brennan, A McDonald, R Coady (f) 0-1 each.

Wexford -- E Martin 7; E Moore 7, M O'Hanlon 7, K Rossiter 7; D Stamp 6, C Kenny 7, R Kehoe 7; D Redmond 7, D O'Keeffe 6; P J Nolan 6, G Sinnott 6, H Kehoe 6; P Morris 6, D Lyng, 7, R Jacob 9. Subs: J Guiney 7 for Morris (28); E Quigley 7 for Nolan (ht); G Moore 7 for O'Keeffe (h-t); S Banville for H Kehoe (65); L Og McGovern for Redmond (67).

Carlow -- F Foley 6; K McCabe 7, S Kavanagh 6, H P O'Byrne 7; J Corcoran 6, J M Nolan 7, E Coady 7; D English 7, R Coady 7; J Kavanagh 6, A Gaule 6, M Brennan 6; D Roberts 7, C Doyle 6, M Kavanagh 8. Subs: R Smithers 6 for Gaule (50); A McDonald 7 for Doyle (57); J Kane 6 for J Kavanagh (59); B Treacy for Foley (63).

Ref -- A Stapleton (Laois).

The game at a glance

Man of the match

Rory Jacob (Wexford)

A hugely influential figure when Wexford were struggling. He finished with 2-3 and looks back to his best.

Turning point

Jacob's first goal four minutes before the break gave Wexford a three-point interval cushion.

Talking Point

Wexford improved in the second half, particularly in the closing 25 minutes, but will need a massive improvement.

Magic moment

David English's 59th-minute point. He controlled the high ball on his hurley before striking superbly over the bar from all of 60 meters.

What they said

Liam Dunne (Wexford manager):

"The refereeing was scandalous. Nineteen frees to our seven says it all. I said to the ref after the game: 'bad day at the office'. I'll say no more on that."

Kevin Ryan (Carlow manager):

"We're a small county. We can't afford the loss of seven players. But we were in that game for up to 40 minutes."

Match statistics

Wides: Wexford 17 (11 first half) Carlow 6 (1).

Frees: Wexford 7 (4) Carlow 19 (11).

Yellow Cards: Wexford 0; Carlow 4 (S Kavanagh 28, J Kavanagh 55, J Corcoran 55, E Coady 67).

Attendance: 1,200

What's next?

Wexford are through to Phase 3 of the qualifiers. Carlow are out.

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