Wednesday 25 April 2018

Game at a glance

Man of the Match

David Collins (Galway).

All of Galway's half-backs excelled, but, after his lengthy lay-off, Collins is really flying. His fielding and intelligently placed clearances marked him apart.

Turning Point

Colm Callanan's brilliant 44th-minute save from Rory Jacob. Had Wexford goaled then, they might have seriously tested Galway's mettle.

Talking Point

Three red cards and 10 yellows in a game that wasn't dirty. If Andy Smyth and Gizzy Lyng's late tackles were straight , then why did David Redmond's merit only a second yellow?

Ref Watch

Joe Sexton had an excellent opening 40 minutes, but the above was open to question. He also failed to call 'charging' several times and booked Darren Stamp incorrectly when Joe Canning had fouled him.

They Said

John McIntyre (Galway manager):

"When they pulled it back to three points after we had Andy Smith sent off; it was a test of Galway's bottle, but they increased their work ethic."

Colm Bonnar (Wexford manager):

"We should have slapped that ball over the bar instead of going for a quick free just before half-time. Instead of going in two points down, we went in six points behind and didn't deserve it."

Match Statistics

Wides -- Galway 17 (11), Wexford 11 (6).

Frees -- Galway 15 (8), Wexford 15 (8).

Yellow Cards -- Galway 4 (Smyth 36, Collins 40, Hynes 61, Burke 67 ), Wexford 6 (Redmond 21, 64, Rossiter 49, Waters 55, Quigley 65, Stamp 68).

Red Cards -- Galway 1 (A Smyth 54); Wexford 2 (Redmond 64, Lyng 72).

Attendance -- 7,877.

What next?

Galway play Offaly in a Leinster semi-final on June 20 at Croke Park while Wexford go to the Qualifiers.

Irish Independent

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