Slaneysiders breeze past plucky Of­faly

Sunday Independent (Ireland) - Sport - - GAELIC GAMES -

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).

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