Wexford emerged victorious from Sunday’s Walsh Cup semi-final clash against Dublin in Parnell Park.
Although the scoreline may paint a comfortable victory for the Model County, it’s worth noting that Paul Winters, who was hurling excellently, was sent-off halfway through the second half. Before that, Wexford struggled and went in at the break three-points down.
The sending off certainly changed the game, so much so that Wexford actually went on to score 1-10 without reply. The Wexford faithful now have their sights firmly set on a Walsh Cup final against Kilkenny, in what will be the first of at least three Nowlan Park battles between the sides in 2018.
Despite the pre-season victory, Wexford manager Davy Fitzgerald is under no illusions that today’s victory is simply preparation for the much bigger tasks that lie ahead in the National League and the new-style Championship:
“I thought we were poor in the first half. I thought Dublin were by far the better team. You know what? They’ll be a team to look out for when they get the Cuala lads back.” he told RTÉ Sport.
“They’ve a lot of lads to come back, and we’re not missing too many. Until they got the man sent off I thought we were under a bit of pressure.”
“I don’t think we deserved to win by seven points. I don’t think we played well today. In Division 1A of of the league that’s not going to be good enough.”
“They’re certainly going to be a force. I’m not looking forward to playing them (in the Leinster Championship) in May. It’s going to be a tough one.”
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