Sport Hurling

Saturday 24 March 2018

The game at a glance

Man of the match

Luke O'Farrell (Cork)

Niall McCarthy was excellent in the first half when making 12 plays but O'Farrell's contribution was devastatingly effective. From 11 plays in total, he scored 2-2, set up a point and was fouled for a converted penalty.

Turning point

O'Farrell's huge contribution in the space of two minutes midway through the first half when scoring a goal and winning the penalty was crucial.

Talking point

The scoring exploits of goalkeeper Anthony Nash. With 1-1 yesterday, he took his tally to 1-3 in his last two games.

Magic moment

Diarmuid Lyng's sideline cut from just in front of the Kinnane Stand on his own '65' in the first half was the score of the day. The execution was outstanding.

Ref watch

With the lack of aggression and intensity in the match, Johnny Ryan had a handy afternoon and awarded just 25 frees. Cork might have felt hard done by on a couple of occasions in the first half but they won't complain.

What they said

Jimmy Barry-Murphy

(Cork manager):

"We know it's a work in progress and we know we have work to do to get up to the level of the top teams. But an All-Ireland quarter-final was our minimum target at the start of the year and it's job done as far as we're concerned."

Diarmuid Lyng (Wexford forward):

"Cork were probably that little bit stronger than us. They were also that bit more clever on the ball and they made right decisions at crucial times."

Match statistics

Wides: Cork 10 (8 first half); Wexford 10 (5)

Frees: Cork 11 (6); Wexford 14 (5)

Yellow cards: Cork 1 (P O'Sullivan); Wexford 4 (E Moore, E Quigley, L Og McGovern, D Redmond)

Red cards: Cork 0; Wexford 1 (D Redmond)

What next?

Cork are into All-Ireland quarter-finals on July 29. Wexford are out of the championship.

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