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Monday 18 December 2017

Jacob inspires Wexford

Wexford 2-21 Antrim 1-12 NHL Division 1B

WEXFORD demonstrated their composure in the second half as Rory Jacob inspired his side to a comfortable victory at Wexford Park.

WEXFORD demonstrated their composure in the second half as Rory Jacob inspired his side to a comfortable victory at Wexford Park.

Both sides went into this game on the back of defeats but this did not show during the opening exchanges as the game opened with a flourish of scores. Wexford needed a win to keep their league hopes alive, while Antrim were desperately in need of points to lift them out of the relegation zone.

The away side opened impressively and notched a rather fortuitous goal through Shane Casey after eight minutes. The sides exchanged points in some excellent passages of hurling and the game was all-square 1-7 to 0-10 when Wexford got the breakthrough they so desperately wanted .

A long Mark Fanning puckout dropped over the half-back line, leaving David Redmond to race clear before applying an excellent finish with a low shot to the bottom right corner of the net.

Jacob was in irrepressible form in the home attack with some searching running, and within 11 seconds of the restart he cut inside the defence to blaze a great ball to the top right-hand corner of the net, giving his side a 2-14 to 1-9 lead. Antrim needed a couple of goals to get back into the game but it wasn't to be as Wexford saw out the game with ease.

Scorers – Wexford: R Jacob 1-5, D Redmond 1-2, P Morris 0-6 (1f, 1 '65'), G Sinnott 0-3, E Quigley 0-2, H Kehoe, G Moore, E Martin 0-1 each.

Antrim: S Casey 1-0, N McManus 0-6 (4f), S McCrory, N McAuley, C Laverty, P Shiels, S McNaughton, T McCloskey 0-1 each.

Wexford: M Fanning; B Kenny, A Shore, E Doyle; J Tonks, R Kehoe, L Chin; D Redmond, H Kehoe; C O'Shaughnessy, E Quigley, G Sinnott; P Morris, P Doran, R Jacob. Subs: PJ Nolan for O'Shaughnessy (19); C Kenny for H Kehoe (37); G Moore for Doran (h-t); Stephen Murphy for Nolan (63); E Martin for Doyle (63).

Antrim: R McGarry; A Graffin, C Carson, M McFadden; S McCrory, N McAuley, C McKinley; M Donnelly, C Laverty; P Shiels, S Beatty, R McFall; N McManus, S Casey, S McNaughton. Subs: D Hamill for McFall (26); T McCloskey for Laverty (26); J McGreevey for Carson (h-t);D McCleane Casey (43); B McCarry for Donnelly (62).

Referee: A Stapleton (Laois).

Irish Independent

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