Wexford breeze past Kerry into All-Ireland quarter-final with Clare
All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship preliminary quarter-final: Wexford 3-30 Kerry 0-18
By Liam Maguire
WEXFORD turn their attentions to Clare in this Saturday’s Semple Stadium double-header following their ultimately comfortable dismissal of Kerry in the weekend’s preliminary quarter-final.
The Yellowbellies dominated large swathes of the first-half at Austin Stack Park, although the accurate free-taking of Podge Boyle had Kerry within a point of Darragh Egan’s side, after 20 minutes. Wexford kicked on from there, though, to lead by 0-16 to 0-8 at the break, with Lee Chin, who finished with 0-14 against his name, beginning to make his mark on the scoreboard.
The Kingdom battled manfully, but they were dealt a major blow when Shane Conway was forced to leave the field through injury just before half-time and, once Conor McDonald found the home side’s net on 53 minutes, the game was all but over as a contest.
Rory O’Connor fired in a second goal for the visitors 11 minutes later and Conor Hearne was set up by Mikie Dwyer to scramble in their third two minutes after that to ease their passage into the Championship last eight.
Kerry were reduced to 14 men late on after Micheal Leane was given his marching orders for what was deemed to be a late strike on an opponent.