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Leg­endary Wex­ford keeper Damien Fitzhenry, and Wex­ford camo­gie star Mags D’Arcy.


Fitzhenry would be in­volved shortly af­ter when he was on hand to save a well-struck penalty from Lim­er­ick sharp shooter, Shane Dowl­ing, show­ing he still has the shot stop­ping skills that helped Wex­ford win an All-Ire­land in 1996.

The goals started to flow just be­fore half time and Wex­ford’s Conor McDon­ald got the first of his three goals with a good fin­ish from the end line at the dress­ing room end.

Shane Dowl­ing hit the net soon af­ter for Davy Rus­sell’s Best and at the other end Wex­ford camo­gie star, Ursula Ja­cob dis­patched a penalty past jockey, Ian McCarthy, to leave Jim Bol­ger’s Stars a point ahead at the break.

Davy Rus­sell ’s Best, fired up by Brian Cody’s half time team talk, stormed out of the blocks in the sec­ond half and goals from David Fogarty and Conor McDon­ald saw them take the lead.

The goals con­tin­ued to come thick and fast and the man from Kil­leagh Co. Cork, Joe Deane, latched onto a John Mul­hall pass to goal for Jim Bol­ger’s Stars.

The goal of the game came next though. Stephen Hunt, who showed in the first half that he was well able to mix it on the hurl­ing field, con­trolled a drop­ping ball and with­out tak­ing the ball in his hand fired to the roof of the net with his next touch. A goal that wouldn’t look out of place in Croke Park on the first Sun­day in Septem­ber.

Conor McDon­ald rat­tled the net once again mid­way through the sec­ond half, be­fore his team­mate on the night and Wex­ford team­mate Lee Chin, who did un­told dam­age from start to fin­ish, fired to the net to edge Davy Rus­sell’s Best back in front.

The game was then de­cided in a mat­ter of min­utes. Naas man Eoin O’He­hir was at the end of a de­light­ful TJ Reid pass to fire Jim Bol­ger’s Stars back in front be­fore O’He­hir found Joe Deane who grabbed his sec­ond goal of the game.

Lee Chin notched his sec­ond goal of the even­ing late on but it wasn’t enough to get back on terms with Jim Bol­ger’s Stars, de­spite the best ef­forts of leg­endary com­men­ta­tor, Mícheál Ó Muirc­heartaigh’s to con­vince ref­eree’s Jimmy Barry Mur­phy and Cyril Far­rell to ar­range an hon­ourable draw.

It fin­ished Jim Bol­ger’s Stars 7-21, Davy Rus­sell’s Best 8-13.

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