Sunday 17 December 2017

Game At A Glance

Man of the Match

Ciaran Kenny (Wexford)

A flawless game from the Wexford defender. He distinguished himself at left half-back during the opening period but flourished even more when switched to centre-back for the second half. A dominant display.

TURNING POINT

A great goal chance presented to sub James Doyle in the 57th minute. Having created space, he saw his shot flash across goal and just wide at a time when his side led by two points. A goal would have presented Wexford with an almost insurmountable challenge.

TALKING POINT

Wexford's decision to delegate the centre-back position to Ciaran Kenny for the second half. It proved a masterstroke for it helped to shore up the centre.

MAGIC MOMENT

Wexford were trailing 0-5 to 0-2 when Podge Doran hauled down a ball that looked like it was sailing wide. He created space to the 14-metre line before sending an unstoppable shot from an acute angle high into the right-hand top corner.

REF WATCH

Alan Kelly must be applauded for keeping the game flowing. Only two yellow cards issued and his rulings were consistent.

WHAT THEY SAID

Liam Dunne (Wexford manager):

"The first 55 minutes was totally unacceptable, but look, we are still there."

John Meyler (Carlow manager):

"We very nearly masterminded what would have been termed a shock result."

MATCH STATISTICS

WIDES:

Wexford 14 (6 first half)

Carlow 8 (5)

FREES:

Wexford 13(6)

Carlow 18(10)

YELLOW CARDS:

Wexford 1 (M O'Regan 22)

Carlow 1 (R Coady 62)

RED CARDS:

Wexford 0

Carlow 0

WHAT'S NEXT?

Wexford will play Clare should the Banner beat Laois. Otherwise it's an open draw. Carlow are out of the championship.

Irish Independent

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