Wexford footballers bow out to Royal Meath after promising Tailteann Cup campaign

Wexford took on Meath this weekend in the quarter-final of the Tailteann Cup…

The Wexford senior footballers travelled to an atmospheric Pairc Tailteann in Navan for the Tailteann Cup quarter final against a classy Meath team who play their football in Division 2 of the National Footblal League.

The first half throw in saw Meath get off to a Lightning start with six easily taken points inside the first 11 minutes.

Wexford were very disjointed at the back and seemed to be lacking energy all round after their magnificent exploits away from home against Leitrim and Offaly.

Ill discipline, bad distribution, basic mistakes  and poor skills in the opening 25 minutes up front was costing Wexford dearly with only one point to show for themselves.

Meath grabbed a handy penalty to go 1-09 to 0-01 up. Bar Eoghan Nolan with two brilliant points from play from the right hand side outside the D, the Slaneysiders attackers were toothless apart from one massive goal chance missed at a Glen Malone point.

At half time the score was an alarming 1-12 to 0-03.

In fairness, the Model men came out with a seriously changed attitude in defence and this spirit inspired the forwards to have a good crack at the Meath defence with some fine scores, including a fabulous Pauric Hughes point. The Royals, however, always seemed to retaliate with good team scores against the breeze.

Eoin Porter displayed incredible pace and fight to outsprint a Meath attacker to deny a one on one with Brookes in the Wexford goal, averting danger.

Liam Coleman took a great aerial ball and set up a lovely attack with was unfortunately foiled by a double save by the Meath keeper.

Michael Furlong later scored a fine fine score from way out the field and was later matched by an unreal Richard Waters. The Boynesiders were always scoring in reply and they scored a classy team goal to finish the game.

Young Cian Hughes from Kilanerin put in a nicely assured performance in, off the bench, and he’s definitely one to look out for in the future in the purple and gold.

Full time saw Meath rack up an amazing score of 2-23 to Wexford’s disappointing 0-12.

Byron Jones

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