Saturday 17 March 2018

Game at a glance

Player of the match

Claire O'Connor (Wexford)

In such a team performance it is hard to single anyone out and both of the Leacy sisters were outstanding, but corner-back Claire O'Connor (below) did a mountain of subtle and selfless defending, especially in some critical situations in the second half.

Turning point

Mags D'Arcy's penalty save from Jessica Gill in the 35th minute. Trailing by seven at half-time, an early goal would have given Galway massive early impetus and might have changed the whole nature of the game.

Talking point

Galway's decision to start Jessie Gill for the first time this season. It meant switching Veronica Curtin to corner-forward and she, and Galway, only got into the game when they moved her out to the wing.

Ref watch

Karl O'Brien let some two particularly heavy first-half challenges go unpunished and later probably opted for too many throw-balls, but did let the game flow well.

What they said.

JJ Doyle (Wexford manager):

"Anyone who looked at the (All-Ireland SHC final) match last week saw that Tipperary won it on desire and I think we won it on desire today. Galway nearly came back at us but it showed the great fighting spirit our girls have."

Noel Finn (Galway manager):

"We couldn't get into our rhythm early on but in the second half fought tooth and nail and it's disappointing that there was only a minute of injury-time because we were coming back at them and if we'd got the goal earlier it might have been different."

Match statistics

Wides: Wexford 5 (3); Galway 3 (1).

Frees: Wexford 12 (6); Galway 15 (7).

Attendance: 17, 290.

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