Wednesday 25 April 2018

The game at a glance

Man of the match: Declan Hannon (Limerick): He couldn't partake in the Waterford game because he was doing his Leaving Cert, but the Adare teenager passed this test with flying colours, notching up an impressive tally of 0-9, including one glorious side-line ball.

Turning point

Trailing by six, Wexford had a chance to reduce it to three 14 minutes into the second half, but Rory Jacob's goal chance was blocked. Limerick got the next score and were never threatened afterwards.

Talking point

The enforced 10-minute delay to throw-in. A 5.0 Saturday game in a big-city venue is a bad idea. Throw in a big crowd and inadequate numbers of stiles open and it got completely chaotic.

Ref watch

Michael Wadding, who took charge of last year's All-Ireland, lets a game flow but he gave Wexford just five of the 19 frees in this game and there appeared to be incidents late on when he was far too lenient.

What they said

Donal O'Grady (Limerick manager):

"We were happy midway through the second half that we'd played that little bit better. It wasn't a rip-roaring performance, but the main thing was that once we got our noses in front, we stayed in front."

Colm Bonnar (Wexford manager):

"Their goal after half-time was a ball that should have been cleared, there didn't seem to be anything on but they pounced on a mistake and hit us for 1-3 in the first four or five minutes."

Match statistics

Wides: Limerick 12 (7); Wexford 9 (2).

Frees: Limerick 14 (7); Wexford 5 (2).

Yellow cards: Limerick 0; Wexford 2 (Stamp 35, Sinnott 68).

Red cards: Limerick 0; Wexford 1 (Roche 61).

Attendance: 13,800.

What next?

Limerick play Antrim in Phase 3 of the qualifiers on July 9.

Wexford's season is finished and so is Colm Bonnar's reign, as he announced he was stepping down as manager after the game.

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