A weekend that started disappointingly for Wexford, with the announcement of star forward Matty Forde’s retirement, got even worse yesterday when the senior footballers were hammered by Dublin in the O’Byrne Shield at Parnell Park.
The Dubs made very short work of a very poor challenge were able to beat their defence very easily. Kevin McManamon hit the first of their six goals as early as the ninth minute. He brushed aside his marker and shot past Tom Hughes in the Wexford goal. Dean Kelly, Graham Cullen, Padraig Lee and Bernard Brogan all added three pointers for the home side before Eoghan O’Gara completed the rout in the last minute of the contest. Wedford’s sole response was a Daithi Waters goal in the 68th minute.
Wexford manager Jason Ryan was left looking ahead to their division three league opener against Waterford on February 6th:
“If we perform like that, Waterford will beat us at Wexford Park. We know that. We made an awful lot of basic errors and Dublin punished many of them. We gave away some inexcusable goals and now we’ve got to work at rectifying the situation. There’s a lot of specific work to be done on the training ground”.
Wexford started this match brightly and led early after Redmond Barry pointed but then the Dubs took over and the match was decided after fifteen minutes.At that point the blues led 2-4 to 0-2 and there was going to be no way back for Wexford. McManamon and Kelly were the chief Dublin scorers as they went in at the break leading 2-09 to 0-5.
14 minutes into the second half Cullen added a third goal for Dublin, and they went on to score three more inside the final 20 minutes. Manager Pat Gilroy fielded a largely experimental team and made plenty of substitutions as he continues to rebuild his side:
“It’s all about having a look at as many players as possible. We’re giving lads every chance, especially those who did well in the Dublin championship. We want to see if they’re good enough to step up to the next level. So far, I’m happy with what I’ve seen”.
While Wexford were missing a number of players, Jason Ryan was making no excuses for his sides poor performance:
“We believe that the lads we had out there are good enough to play for Wexford. We’re missing several players but we would still expect to be very competitive but we weren’t today. Everyone in the camp, including the management, has to take responsibility and turn things around”.
Scorers — Dublin: K McManamon 1-2, G Cullen, D Kelly, B Brogan 1-1 each, T Quinn 0-4 (4f), P Lee, E O’Gara 1-0 each, K Bonner 0-1. Wexford: D Waters 1-0, R Barry, B Brosnan (2f) 0-2 each, S O’Neill, P Byrne, B Malone, S McLoughlin 0-1 each.
Dublin — S Cluxton; A Hubbard, D Daly, S Murray, C McKiernan, P Casey, D Lally; C Murphy, D Bastick; D Kelly, K Bonner, P Lee; K McManamon, G Cullen, T Quinn. Subs: D Nelson for McKiernan (45), A Darcy for Kelly (48), B Brogan for Quinn (50), B Cahill for Bastick (50), E O’Gara for McManamon (65).
Wexford — T Hughes; Niall Murphy (Bannow-Ballymitty), G Molloy, J Wadding; J Flynn-O’Connor, D Murphy, A Doyle; D Waters, B Malone; S O’Neill, B Brosnan, K Gore; P Byrne, R Barry, J Holmes. Subs: A Flynn for Doyle (h/t), Niall Murphy (Horsewood) for Wadding (45), S McLoughlin for Byrne (55), C Morris for Gore (55), R Tierney for O’Neill (64).
Ref — E Kinsella (Laois)