Wexford lost out to Kilkenny by the minimum in a Nowlan Park thriller on Saturday night.
Being nine-points up against the Cats in the second-half, the Wexford hurlers and fans will be bitterly disappointed not to come away with the win (or draw which would have seen them through for the final). But, even though the result rules the Wexford hurlers out of contention for the Leinster title, they won’t be too disheartened either.
Instead of a place in the Leinster final against reigning All-Ireland winners Galway, Wexford will now compete in a preliminary All-Ireland quarter-final.
This will be against one of the Joe McDonagh Cup finalists, which will be either Westmeath OR Carlow, away in Cusack Park OR Dr Cullen Park on the weekend of July 7/8th.
A win for Fitzgerald’s charges against Westmeath or Carlow would set up a potential All-Ireland quarter-final pairing between Wexford and the runners-up of the Munster final, which will be either Limerick, Clare or Cork (depending on round 5 results of the Munster Championship and the Munster final).
Waterford and Tipperary are already out of the All-Ireland Championship for 2018 and Wexford will certainly fancy their chances against the remaining sides.