Five Talking Points As Wexford Suffer Loss To Kilkenny

A crowd of almost 9800 people were in attendance to watch Wexford take on Kilkenny in Nowlan Park on Sunday. 

Full time: Kilkenny 0:22 – 0:19 Wexford

PART 1: Wexford Weekly - The Fanzone
PART 1: Wexford Weekly - The Fanzone

We’ve eventually found our free-takers: 
No more changing free-takers mid-game. From Morris to McDonald to Guiney, let it stop now. St Martins’ Rory O’Connor will be an integral part of Fitzgerald’s XV and he’s well able to hit placed-balls, missing just one free in today’s game from an awkward angle.

Still, Guiney would be a prefered choice for many. The Rathnure club-man is one of the best in the country at them, but with his current injury and the fight for places in the forwards, whether he’ll cement a place on the starting XV bears another question.

Likewise, Paudie Foley was exceptional from long-range frees today, hitting 0-05 frees in total and missing only one like Rory.


Donohoe’s reintroduction to the subs:  
Willie Deveraux, Conor Firman, Gary and Eoin Molloy, Damien Reck and Garret Foley are all battling for two corner-back spots. Just about four weeks ago, Donohoe unfortunately broke a bone in his hand which kept him out of action.

With his re-introduction to the panel, it seems he’s ready to go again. The Model County are yet to find their best two corner-backs, and it’ll be interesting to see who Davy chooses in the League quarter-final with such strong competition for places.


Galway in the League Quarters in Wexford Park.
Well, we now know who we have in the quarter-finals.

All-Ireland champions, Galway.

It won’t be an easy task – but it has the makings of a cracker! On the other hand, it’s also frustrating that we do so well in the League, and our reward is a quarter-final against Galway.


Wexford’s winning streak against Kilkenny ends.
Whichever way we look at today’s game, the truth was that we were already through to the League quarter-finals.

The game provided a terrific opportunity to test out our fringe players, while it also ensured more Senior members such as Lee Chin and Aidan Nolan were given a rest.

We still have a championship pairing with Kilkenny in the coming months. Don’t be under any illusions though. Just as Wexford didn’t have their strongest team out today, Kilkenny were missing Colin Fennelly, Paul Murphy and Richie Hogan.


How can we stop TJ Reid? 

He’s superhuman. It’s a question in the minds of many opposition managers when they play Kilkenny. The Ballyhale Shamrocks club-man finished with a nice 0-12 (0-10f) today.

There’s only one man for the job…

Adamstown’s Official GAA Account Posts Hilarious Photo About TJ Reid **