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Opinion: Wexford Were Really Bereft Of A Plan B On Saturday

Wexford lost out to Galway in the Leinster semi-final on Saturday evening…

Malachy Clerkin, a well-known journalist in sporting circles who writes for The Irish Times, believes that Wexford were lacking a ‘Plan B’ when Galway found themselves on the front foot.

“I thought they were really bereft of a Plan B. The structure that they’ve come up with, which when it works is fantastic, it’s really innovative. Runners off the shoulder, Kevin Foley, Dee O’Keefe, Liam Og — running, running, running.”

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“Galway stacked a midfield and stopped them running through it. When that didn’t work, I thought Wexford were bereft after that.”

“That would worry me about them. That and the fact that they gave up very early for a game that Galway didn’t need to do an awful lot to get away from them. When their signature way of play wasn’t working, when they weren’t able to run through these 6 foot 2 Galway guys, there was no second thought,” Clerkin said, speaking to The Hurling Podcast.

After the highs of 2019, a thirteen point loss was a disappointing result for Wexford, who were the 2019 Leinster Senior Hurling Champions.

Despite Clerkin’s views, Wexford hurling Fitzgerald was adamant that he used a variety of tactics. In a post-match interview with RTE, he stated that he used “four different formations, and two different styles of play.”

Wexford received a bye into the second round of the qualifiers. No doubt, they’ll need to up their game if this season is going to be a successful one.

Listen to the full episode of The Hurling Podcast with Malachy Clerkin by clicking the ‘Listen in browser’ button below:

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