Wexford 1-15 Tipperary 1-14
A last gasp point from HWH Bunclody man Aidan Nolan was enough to secure Wexford’s second win of the Allianz campaign at Wexford Park on Sunday .
It was Tipperary that made the best possible start though with a goal from star forward Seamus Callanan. The Tipp supremo getting a goal after just 46 seconds and the Wexford crowd were probably thinking it was going to be one of those days. It was a crucial score in a very close first half. Ian Byrne tapped over a few frees and it was Tipperary 1-02 Wexford 0-03 approaching the 15 minute mark. Byrne continued his scoring from frees and the gap was just down to one after 25 minutes, 1-03 to 0-05. Tipperary were dealt a blow then when centre forward Noel McGrath was sent off on 34 minutes on a second yellow card. Seamus Callanan got three more frees to give Tipperary a 1-7 to 0-6 lead at the break.
Tipperary extended their lead to 1-11 to 0-6 after 43 minutes. The scores coming from Robert Byrne, Niall O’Meara (2) and Seamus Callanan. Ian Byrne though kept Wexford in the game, the Ferns club man hit a nice free and he turned provider for Wexford’s goal on 45 minutes, he sent through Seamus Casey who was one on one with Paul Maher and he made no mistake, 1-11 to 1-08. The game was level after 57 minutes as Davy Fitzgerald’s men gained the initiative points from Ian Byrne from a free and Seamus Casey from play as well as Kevin Foley score. Seamus Callanan and Jason Force pointed but Cathal Dunbar scored a sublime sideline , while Rory O’Connor levelled matters again. Jake Morris tapped over a nice point on 67 minutes though and Tipperary led by 1-14 to 1-13. However Wexford had the determination to win here and they did just that . Diarmuid O’Keeffe levelled matters before the final score of the game went to Aidan Nolan three minutes into extra time. Davy Fitzgerald will now bring Wexford to Clare next Sunday knowing a win will secure a last four spot for sure.
Wexford: Eanna Martin; Damien Reck, Darren Byrne, Shane Reck; Shaun Murphy, Matthew O’Hanlon, Pádraig Foley (0-1); Diarmuid O’Keeffe (0-3), Aidan Nolan (0-1); Liam Óg McGovern, Ian Byrne (0-6 frees), Kevin Foley (0-1); Seamus Casey (1-1), Cathal Dunbar (0-1 line-ball), Conor McDonald.
Subs: Lee Chin for D Reck (ht); Rory O’Connor (0-1) I Byrne (51); Harry Kehoe for Casey (62); Simon Donohoe (Shelmaliers) for O’Keeffe (temp., 67).
Tipperary: Paul Maher; Donagh Maher, James Barry, Ronan Maher (0-1); Seamus Kennedy, Pádraic Maher, Barry Heffernan; Robert Byrne (0-1), Michael Breen; John O’Dwyer, Noel McGrath, Patrick Maher; Jason Forde (0-2, 1 free), Seamus Callanan (1-7, 0-6 frees), Niall O’Meara (0-2).
Subs: Jake Morris (0-1) for O’Dwyer (51); Willie Connors for Heffernan (54); Alan Flynn for D Maher (57); John McGrath for O’Meara (59); Tom Fox for Byrne (68).
Referee: Colm Lyons (Cork)