Slaneysiders breeze past plucky Offaly
WEXFORD gained a comfortable seven point victory over Offaly in a mediocre quarter-final at Innovate Wexford Park yesterday. The home team made the better use of their chances in the first quarter playing into the breeze. In the opening eight minutes Joe Kenaghan and David Nally gave the Midlanders an early advantage with points before two Ross Banville frees had the sides level 0-2 each.
Mainly through Banville’s accuracy from frees and the skills of Jack Devereux, Wexford forged a 0-8 to 0-5 advantage. The crucial breakthrough arrived a minute before the break when Devereux goaled, giving his side a 1-9 to 0-6 interval lead, with points from Aaron Maher, Aaron Kenny and Conor Langton keeping Offaly in contention.
A Charlie McGuckin goal in the 40th minute extended Wexford’s lead to 2-13 to 0-8. Offaly kept battling and goaled through Joe Kenaghan eight minutes from the end, but it was too late to affect the result.
Scorers — Wexford: R Banville 0-9 (7f, 1 ’65), J Devereux 1-3, C McGuckin 1-1, S Nolan 0-3, S Wall 0-1. Offaly: A Kenny 0-6 (4f), J Kenaghan 1-2, D Nally, M O’Brien 0-2 each, A Maher 0-1.
Wexford: J Hennebry; C Scallan, G Sheehan, C O’Connor; M Codd, E Molloy, M Kelly; S Wall, E O’Leary; J Myler, K Firman, C McGuckin; R Banville, S Nolan, J Devereux. Subs: D Doyle forn Firmn (52),l E Murphy for Kelly (56), C Turner for McGuckin (58).
Offaly: C Flynn; L O’Connor, C O’Meara, A King, S Beatty, B Keeley, P Cantwell; D Nally, C Quinn; M O’Brien, O Hickey, C Langton; A Maher, J Kenaghan, A Kenny. Subs: B Mullen for Maher (27), L Nolan for Beatty (52), C Troy for Keneghan (60).
Referee: G Quilty (Kilkenny).