27 Jun


Posted by Martin Furlong in Match Previews / Reports,News | Jun 2017

Points from experienced duo, PJ Banville and Ciaran Lyng late on helped Wexford advance over Limerick in a scrappy encounter.

Limerick and Wexford both went into today games low on confidence. Limerick had a poor division four campaign and were beaten by Clare in their opening Munster championship campaign while Wexford who did win promotion from division four, had lost their last four competitive games including a shock elimination from the Leinster championship against Carlow.

The opening exchanges were scrappy and lacking quality as both sides showed a lack of confidence. In fact, it took up until the 11th minute before the opening score of the game with Limerick’s Seamus O’Carroll registering his first point of the day. This was soon followed up by a Ciaran Lyng free to level the sides.

This was the story of the first half as one side would take the advantage but soon be levelled on the scoreboard. Heading to the half time break Wexford did stretch the lead out to two points when a Lyng free was immediately followed up by an Adrian Flynn point after Limerick keeper Donal O’Sullivan tipped Flynn shot over the bar. Josh Ryan pointed a free for Limerick and then were awarded a penalty when Darragh Tracey was brought down. Iain Corbett stepped up but put too much power in his effort and it was blasted over the bar to level the sides at seven points apiece at the interval.

Both sides employed a sweeper and packed their defences thus making scoring very difficult for both sides. Wexford had the wind advantage in the second half and started strongly with two points from Horeswood’s PJ Banville. Limerick rallied and scored the next two points from Danny Neville and Jamie Lee to level the game once again. The game seemed to have a draw written all over it especially when Ryan goal bound effort was saved by Shane Roche in the Wexford goal.

Wexford introduced John Tubritt for Kevin O’ Grady into the Wexford attack and nudged Wexford in front with just over 10 minutes remaining. Limerick corner back Sean O’Dea who worked hard throughout the game levelled the game again. Lyng and Treacy exchanged points before Banville kicked what turned out to be the winning point. Limerick did have two opportunities from frees to bring the game into extra time but Jamie Lee missed them both to eliminate Limerick from the championship. Wexford old guard of Lyng and Banville showed their leadership and experience to put Wexford into the next round of the qualifiers.

Wexford: S Roche; M Furlong (0-02), B Malone, J Rossiter; E Nolan, J Wadding, T Rossiter; D Waters (c), N Rossiter; B Brosnan, K O’Grady, A Flynn (0-01); C Carty, C Lyng (0-04, 0-02f), PJ Banville (0-04, 0-01f).

Subs: J Tubritt (0-01) for O’Grady (47 mins), P Curtis for Brosnan (54), J Firman for Flynn (63).

Limerick: D O’Sullivan; S O’Dea (0-01), J McCarthy, G Noonan; P White, I Corbett (c) (0-02, 0-01pen), B Fanning; D Treacy (0-01), D Ward; P Nash, J Naughton, G Collins (0-01, 0-01f); S O’Carroll (0-02, 0-01’45), J Ryan (0-01), D Neville (0-01).

Subs: S McSweeney (0-01, 0-01f) for Ward (28 mins), J Lee (0-01, 0-01f) for McSweeney (51), P Scanlan for Collins (56), S Buckley off O’Carroll (65), I Ryan for Naughton (67),

Referee: Pádraig O’Sullivan (Kerry).


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