A lot of pundits were raving about Wexford’s gritty performance against Kilkenny last weekend…
When Kilkenny went one point up with the advantage of a gale force wind, it looked likely that Wexford’s chance was gone. But, if we’ve learned over the past number of seasons, this Wexford team doesn’t know when it’s over – and they keep going until the very end.
Wexford’s never-say-die attitute was evident after they clawed their way to a two-point victory over Kilkenny at Wexford Park last weekend.
The victory left GAA pundits such as RTE’s Anthony Daly and Jackie Tyrrell raving about Wexford’s performance. Another GAA star turned analyst has now joined the disco.
Former Waterford star John Mullane isn’t ruling out Wexford’s chances of winning the Liam McCarthy Cup this year. Wexford haven’t won the All-Ireland since 1996, but speaking to the Irish Independent’s The Throw In Podcast, the five-time All-Star award winner believes the Yellowbellies are in with a great chance this year:
“You can underestimate this Wexford team this year at your peril, and if any team or any county thinks they were one-hit-wonders last year, they can think twice because they are going to be an extremely hard team to beat,” he said.
“They’re going to be there or thereabouts come the summer, make no mistake about it. For any team to beat Wexford they’re going to have to play very very well on the day, going to have to be very well organised, and I just can’t get over their system.
“The magnitude and the manner in which they won – with 20 minutes to go they were one point down against the storm, it looked like there was only going to be one winner – going forward that game is massive for Wexford.
“If they keep grinding our results against Kilkenny, I think the belief is starting to really grow in this Wexford team and they’re starting to believe in themselves that ‘Do you know what? We are the real deal. We’re as good as Tipperary, as Kilkenny, as Limerick’.
“And there is no reason why they can’t push on and win a Liam MacCarthy this year.”
From a Wexford perspective, let’s hope that Mullane’s sixth-sense becomes a reality come late August. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves here either; it’s still only February and there’s a long, long way to go.
Fitzgerald’s charges are out again this weekend when they’ll travel to headquarters to face Dublin as part of a double-header underlights in Croke Park.
If you’re looking for transport to that game, Wexford Weekly are running a bus for just €15 return with pick-up points in Wexford, Enniscorthy, Ferns and Gorey.