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e found the left-hand points (1-11 to 2-4) s. Wil­son and Dave in mid­field, but it was at Nolan once again eav­ing Tom Neville to ouled in pos­ses­sion evel when Paul Lynch free to the roof of the 1-12) with 14 min­utes k the foun­da­tions of eeted Lynch’s ef­fort. ng un­der the fury of ght. er to the high, lob­bing on their goal by Phil Wil­lie Mur­phy, Vin­nie y and com­pany. f Lynch’s goal, John e two tre­men­dous hn Quigley and then ass. efore the fin­ish, Phil Lynch and the lat­ter’s Tony Do­ran. Do­ran’s ohn Costi­gan and he John Donoghue with in front and how the ent over a glo­ri­ous our-point lead. At the an saved from Donie uigley had cleared a Paul Lynch com­bined ity for Jack Berry, and beat O’Donoghue in a Tony Do­ran point by 5-8 to 1-12 three nd. Then came what tion Tipp. goals. (Oyle­gate-Glen­brien); e O’Hanrahans), Ed­die Ai­dan’s), Ned Colfer ns); Vin­nie Sta­ples (St. (Rath­nure, capt.), Wil­lie ers); Phil Wil­son (Ballyhogue-David­stown), Dave Bernie (Ferns St. Ai­dan’s); Christy Ja­cob (Ou­lart-The Bal­lagh), Tony Do­ran (Buf­fers Al­ley, 2-1), Paul Lynch (Sham­rocks, 1-3, 1-2 frees); Jimmy O’Brien (Geral­dine O’Hanrahans, 0-2), Sea­mus Whe­lan (St. Mar­tin’s), Jack Berry (Kil­more-Rathangan, 2-2). Subs. - John Quigley (Rath­nure) for Whe­lan, Teddy O’Con­nor (Rath­nure) for Sta­ples, also Pat Nolan (Geral­dine O’Hanrahans), Michael Kin­sella (Buf­fers Al­ley), Michael Ja­cob (Ou­lart-The Bal­lagh), Sea­mus Bar­ron (Rath­nure), Ned Buggy (Faythe Har­ri­ers), Mick Browne (Faythe Har­ri­ers), Jimmy Fur­long (Adamstown).

The best stroke of the 1968 All-Ire­land Se­nior hurl­ing fi­nal was ex­e­cuted not on the field of play but in the Wex­ford dress­ing-room, a room in which dis­il­lu­sion­ment, dis­ap­point­ment and pes­simism were the per­vad­ing emo­tions at half-time.

The huge Wex­ford sec­tion in the at­ten­dance watched in silent ap­pre­hen­sion as a de­spon­dent team walked to the dress­ing-room at the in­ter­val, their steps drag­ging with the weight of the eight points deficit on the score­board.

Watch­ing from a po­si­tion in front of the play­ers’ tun­nel was Padge Ke­hoe, the Wex­ford team man­ager and for­mer win­ner of the Sports Star of the Past Award, anx­iously watch­ing the play­ers’ re­ac­tion to their plight and hold­ing a se­cre­tive con­ver­sa­tion with for­mer All-Ire­land col­league of the mid-fifties, Nickey Rackard.

Shortly af­ter the last play­ers, Ned Colfer and Pat Nolan, had dis­ap­pered into the tun­nel, the brains be­hind the cam­paign that led Wex­ford to their 14th All-Ire­land fi­nal turned and, with a pur­pose­ful step, strode with omi­nous in­tent to­wards the dress­ing-room, his eyes sparkling with the glint of bat­tle.

In­side the dress­ing-room, in crypt-like si­lence, the team was gath­ered while soup and re­fresh­ments were ar­rayed on a ta­ble.

Through the door the team man­ager stormed, typ­i­cally car­ry­ing a hur­ley. The ebul­lient Padge then be­gan a tirade that had an in­spir­ing ef­fect on the team.

The hur­ley swept down again and again as the man­ager em­pha­sised his words. The ta­ble shook with the force of his blows and from it crashed a col­lec­tion of crock­ery.

Padge had a few straight words to put to the team. He told them to get their pri­or­i­ties right.

He stressed their re­spon­si­bil­i­ties and obli­ga­tions to their county and their thou­sands of sup­port­ers and sent them out to win.

They walked back out, un­der­dogs and badly in ar­rears, and they did just that.

The Wex­ford Se­nior se­lec­tors of 1968 were: Tom Dono­hoe (Buf­fers Al­ley), Mick O’Han­lon (Horeswood), Nick Cardiff (St. Mar­tin’s), Syl Bar­ron (Rath­nure), Nickey Rackard (Rath­nure). Team man­ager: Padge Ke­hoe (En­nis­cor­thy St. Ai­dan’s). Team trainer: Ned Power (St. Peter’s Col­lege).

Wex­ford’s achieve­ment in bring­ing off the dou­ble was all the more no­table as it was the first time the county was rep­re­sented in both fi­nals on the same day, and the first time that the dou­ble was achieved since Tip­per­ary’s vic­to­ries in 1949.

It was also the first Wex­ford side to win an All-Ire­land on which all the mem­bers of the Se­nior team were Wex­ford born.

Dan Quigley re­ceiv­ing the Liam MacCarthy Cup from G.A.A. Pres­i­dent Sea­mus O Ri­ain, him­self a na­tive of Tip­per­ary.

Wil­lie Mur­phy, Jack Berry, Phil Wil­son, Tom Neville, Tony Do­ran, es, Jimmy O’Brien, Ned Colfer.

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