Shock­ing de­feat for bum­bling Wex­ford

March 1995

Enniscorthy Guardian - - NEWS -

Meath 1-16, Wex­ford 0-16: The hurlers of Wex­ford bum­bled their way to a shock­ing de­feat at Belle­field on Sun­day as their Na­tional League am­bi­tions took a dis­as­trous nose­dive. Lowly Meath, who were fit­ter and bet­ter or­gan­ised, con­jured a mem­o­rable win on their first-ever visit to En­nis­cor­thy.

They had sig­nalled loudly that they were in good form with a win over Of­faly in the pre­vi­ous round of Di­vi­sion 2, but they ap­peared to be oneit won­ders in the early stages of Sun­day’s game as Wex­ford picked off a steady flow of points.

With free-taker Damien Fitzhenry scor­ing most of them, Wex­ford led by a com­fort­able 0-7 to 0-1 af­ter just 12 min­utes. They con­tin­ued to dom­i­nate un­til half time, though the Roy­als did keep in touch with a goal.

The teams turned around with Wex­ford ahead by 0-13 to 1-6 – hand­ily enough placed, with­out any need for com­pla­cency.

When Martin Storey tipped over a pass from Fitzhenry shortly af­ter the re­sump­tion, it seemed that God was in his heaven and all was right with the world. In­stead, the nat­u­ral or­der of things was poised for a ma­jor up­set as the home­sters’ scor­ing touch com­pletely left them.

Meath, in con­trast, be­gan to grow in con­fi­dence as their de­fence stood firm. Rail­way Cup player Pat Pot­ter­ton was flaw­less with frees, and the longer the con­test went on, the more ragged Wex­ford looked.

With Liam Grif­fin’s men scor­ing just three times in the sec­ond half, Meath pulled ahead in the 50th minute, and they were three ahead as the game went into in­jury time. A goal­bound shot by Martin Storey might have sal­vaged a draw for Wex­ford, but it ca­reered into a Meath de­fender and out for a ‘65’ that was dropped in be­fore be­ing cleared.

Damien Fitzhenry in mid­field was the only Wex­ford player to emerge with rep­u­ta­tion en­hanced. He grafted hard in open play, and was im­mac­u­late with his frees. Oth­er­wise, it’s hard to sum up this Wex­ford per­for­mance. Jaded, ring rusty, un­co­or­di­nated, un­sharp, in­de­ci­sive, in­con­sis­tent - take your pick!

Wex­ford: Ian Scallan; Liam Dunne, Ger Cush, Sean Flood; Dave Guiney, Ge­orge O’Con­nor, Larry O’Gor­man; Damien Fitzhenry (0-6 frees), Adrian Fen­lon; Martin Storey (0-4), Tom Dempsey (0-2), Austin Codd; Larry Mur­phy (0-1), James Quirke, Ea­monn Scallan (0-3). Sub - Paul Finn for Codd, 43 min­utes.

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