The Wexford u-20 hurlers defeated Dublin in the Leinster semi-final this afternoon…
The game, which took place at Chadwicks Wexford Park, was an exciting encounter.
Wexford ran out one-point winners in the end on a scoreline of 1-15 to 1-14 and they’ll be looking forward to a Leinster final outing against either Galway or Kilkenny.
Here, we look at some of the major talking points following the game.
Wexford’s free-taker was one of the major talking points following the game. Wexford’s corner-forward Cian Byrne struck ten points, with nine coming from placed balls. The frees proved crucial in the win, as Wexford only hit 1-05 from play. Having someone over placed balls, with the ability and accuracy of Byrne, is a confidence booster to Wexford. In the modern game, every good side needs an accurate free-taker and that certainly seems to be the case with Cian Byrne. It’s also worth noting under this section that when Byrne went off as a blood substitution, Jack Redmond struck over an important free from an acute angle.
Wexford’s centre-back, Cian Molloy, made some amazing catches today. Especially in the dying stages of the second-half, when Wexford needed leaders to stand up, Molloy answered the call. His impressive high-fielding inspired Wexford’s win while it also drove the Wexford crowd on, which no doubt helped in the dying stages of the game when Dublin started to claw their way back at Wexford’s lead. It was Wexford’s Cian Byrne who picked up the Man of the Match award, but Molloy should count himself unlucky too.
It was somewhat disappointing to see that there wasn’t a big Wexford crowd in Chadwicks Wexford Park today. Wexford were out-numbered about 1-2 regarding the crowd. Wexford will be looking forward to a U20 Leinster hurling final. With silverware up for grabs, a bigger Wexford crowd should be expected against either Kilkenny or Galway to cheer on the Model men in the Purple and Gold.
Leinster final next:
Wexford will be delighted with the fact that they’re now into a Leinster final. It’s their first time reaching a U-20 Leinster hurling final since 2019. Wexford last claimed success in the competition back in 2015. After a disappointing year last year where the u20 hurlers lost out to Kildare at the death, Wexford will be hoping to right some of the wrongs. The Leinster final is due to take place next Monday evening, with the time and venue still to be confirmed. Keith Rossiter and Rory Jacob’s side will be facing the winners of Kilkenny or Galway and they’ll be well aware of the task at hand to claim silverware.
Update: The Wexford U-20 hurlers will face Kilkenny in the Leinster Hurling Final next Monday, May 9th.
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