Waterford 5-20 Wexford -16:
These was the excellence of this Waterford display screen that they ripped Wexford asunder as they coasted to an eventual 19-stage victory in this entirely just one-sided Allianz Hurling League semi-final at UPMC Nowlan Park.
The Waterford supporters should have been mesmerised at the display screen of their aspect, offered they have been brief a number of vital gamers, when also coming off the back again of a defeat to Kilkenny at the exact same venue seven days before.
Even though they built it a miserable afternoon for a Wexford aspect coming into the sport with a 100 for every cent file, the only blot on an superb afternoon was the straight purple card issued to Austin Gleeson as the activity moved into additional time.
Gleeson had provided a single of his most excellent shows for some time, obtaining pocketed 2-3 as he absolutely outshone a number of opponents, but turned concerned in an off-the-ball incident with Wexford defender Simon Donohoe. Referee John Keenan took numerous seconds consulting with his umpires in advance of brandished a straight red card that will see the Déise talisman skip the ultimate clash with Cork following Sunday.
Waterford manager Liam Cahill was pleased with his side’s exhibit.
“We are satisfied to be in a league last. We have been putting an emphasis on making and scoring objectives, and they ended up perfectly executed to-working day. We could have experienced a few much more plans but were denied by the opposition keeper Mark Fanning.”
On the controversial late incident involving Austin Gleeson, he said: “You’re usually let down when you don’t finish the video game with the full enhance. I did not see the incident but the umpire was quite sure there was speak to there. We’ll have a look at it and see.”
Wexford manager, Darragh Egan, was philosophical in defeat.
“Our structure was inadequate nowadays but in general we were second greatest in most departments. The league has normally been a success and the concentrate has always been on Galway in the initially spherical of the Leinster championship on April 16th,’ he added.
Wexford’s challenges surfaced in the early minutes of the activity as Dessie Hutchinson slice by means of for a issue inside of 30 seconds, even though one particular minute later he was in on purpose when he appeared to be hauled down, which the unsighted referee Keenan missed.
When Wexford had bounced back again for a levelling Conor McDonald place, one envisioned this to settle their problem, but Waterford were firing all over the pitch as they took the sport to their opponents with pace and function, though the cohesion to their engage in was a little something the opposition ended up not able to match.
The Déise obtained back in front with a Pat Curran pointed 65 immediately after a tremendous Mark Fanning help you save experienced denied Hutchinson.
Waterford were creating momentum and Gleeson pounced on a shorter puck-out, chopping by way of the Wexford defence before planting an unstoppable shot outside of Fanning at his near put up giving them a 1-2 to -1 direct just after just 5 minutes.
But Wexford with details from Rory O’Connor, Damien Reck and Mikie Dwyer managed to keep in the sport, and when O’Connor pointed a additional 16th minute absolutely free immediately after staying fouled, just a one place separated the sides, 1-4 to -6, and when a high-quality Dee O’Keeffe place brought the sides level, a person envisioned them to push on with a better effort and hard work but wayward ending was to establish high-priced.
With the impetus back again with Waterford, they dealt the Wexford challenge a telling blow when Gleeson pounced for a brilliant unique purpose on 18 minutes.Then Hutchinson reduce through the Wexford defence with relieve, not for the to start with time, only on this celebration he conquer keeper Fanning with a splendid finish, a rating that served his side to an eventual 3-9 to -10 interval lead.
Wexford may perhaps have taken additional time in the dressing home for the duration of the half-time split but it unsuccessful to halt the dominance Waterford experienced up to the interval, for only excellent Damien Reck defending denied Jack Prendergast a intention straight from the restart.
That was early proof that Waterford had been determined not to relinquish the initiative. Patrick Curran pointed a cost-free, followed by even further points from Hutchinson and a even further Curran absolutely free to increase their grip on proceedings.
This was devastating hurling from the Munster county, and they actually place Wexford to the sword when Jack Prendergast lower in along the end line just before beating Fanning at his around submit, firing his aspect a 4-12 to -10 guide soon after 41 minutes.
Just after Curran had stretched the guide additional with a pointed no cost, Wexford finally managed their opening score of the second half a Rory O’Connor level soon after 44 minutes.
Waterford had been now 4-13 to -11 up but they ongoing to enjoy their tension recreation, providing a show that was so unique to some seven times previously in the reduction to Kilkenny. But it was starting to be all far too uncomplicated as they started to decide on off scores at will though also utilising their bench.
Acquiring moved into a 4-16 to -15 guide, sub Shane Bennett acquired in on the act when he clinically concluded to the net from near assortment to put them even further out of sight.
Even the physical appearance of captain, Lee Chin, for his first look of the period, unsuccessful to raise the Wexford group who were still left shell stunned at this kind of devastation, notably adhering to the side’s fine shows in their route to the semi-last.
The only other problem for Liam Cahill is an harm to Colin Dunford which forced his withdrawal, becoming a member of a prolonged record of hurt gamers as they look forward to their ultimate clash with Cork.
To cap a miserable afternoon for Wexford they experienced Jack O’Connor, who had came on as a sub, dismissed on a second yellow card shut to the complete for throwing his hurl as Waterford ’keeper Shane O’Brien tried to apparent.
WATERFORD: Shaun O’Brien Conor Gleeson, Iarlath Daly, Shane McNulty Jack Fagan (-2), Tadhg De Burca, Cartach Daly Darragh Lyons, Austin Gleeson (2-3, -1 cost-free) Neil Montgomery (-1), Jack Prendergast (1-), Patrick Curran (-7, -2 ‘65s, -5 frees) Colin Dunford, Michael Kiely (-2), Dessie Hutchinson (1-3). Subs: Shane Bennett (1-) for Dunford (24), Kieran Bennett for Kiely (53), Tom Barron for I Daly (60), Calum Lyons for Fagan (60), Pauric Mahony (-2, 1 cost-free) for Lyons (63).
WEXFORD: Mark Fanning Matthew O’Hanlon, Liam Ryan, Simon Donohoe Kevin Foley, Paudie Foley (-2 frees), Damien Reck (-1) Cathal Dunbar, Diarmuid O’Keeffe (-1) Liam Og McGovern, Rory O’Connor (-5, 3 frees), Charlie McGuckin (-1), Oisín Pepper (-1), Conor McDonald (-1), Mikie Dwyer (-1). Subs: Oisín Foley for Pepper (42), Jack O’Connor (-1) for Dunbar (42), Rory Higgins for McDonald (47), Lee Chin (-1, cost-free) for Dwyer (54), Connal Flood (-1) for K Foley (60).
Referee: John Keenan (Wicklow).