Both Wexford and Antrim could not be separated on Saturday in their Allianz Hurling League clash in Belfast…
Here, we look at some of the talking points following Wexford’s clash with Antrim.
1/ Fitzgerald’s sending off
Wexford manager Davy Fitzgerald was given his marching orders in the first half. Although Wexford did start well, Wexford failed to kick on. Fitzgerald’s sending off was a major talking point following the game, and mostly, for all the wrong reasons.
2/ O’Hanlon’s red card
Matthew O’Hanlon received a red card in the fiery and tense game. He received a red card for pulling his opponent’s helmet. At first, it was not clear on the television, but interference with the helmet will always be a red card in the modern game. It could be viewed as harsh though, as Antrim’s Neil McManus looked to be the instigator of it as he ran at O’Hanlon like a bull.
3/ O’Connor’s injury
Wexford’s star attacker Rory O’Connor went off injured and he pulled up with a non-contact injury, which is always a major concern for players. O’Connor’s injury could prove to be a major concern for Wexford and their supporters; he has been one of Wexford’s better performers during a time when the team is not performing to their best ability. Speaking to South East Radio following the game, Fitzgerald said that O’Connor “could be out for a few weeks, but if he’s back for Championship, he doesn’t care.”
4/ Where are we at?
It is absolutely no disrespect to Antrim, but we must question where we are at now. Corrigan Park is a difficult place to travel to. To come out with only a draw, after some sub-standard performances this year in the Allianz Hurling League, does not bode well for the upcoming championship.
Wexford, who were priced at 1/8 to win the game, should be beating Antrim. Some character was on display in the game, especially in the final few minutes, and we could have lost the game just as easily. While there are some positives to take from it, Wexford will be bitterly disappointed not to come away with a victory given the strength of their starting fifteen.
Wexford will face Dublin in their final Allianz League game which takes place next Saturday, June 12th, in Wexford Park.
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