We have live score updates & team news as Wexford meet Clare in Round 1 of the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Qualifiers. Throw in is at 5pm from Wexford Park. This is a replay following a scintillating draw in Clare.
Wexford hammered Antrim in the first round of the Leinster Championship, before coming up short against Dublin. Impressively, they scored 6 goals in the two games, without conceding one. In the league they were somewhat less impressive, finishing 3rd in Divsion 1B behind Cork and Limerick and being outscored by relegation playoff bound Offaly. Nothing they had demonstrated this year had prepared people for the topsy-turvy thriller in which they managed to hold the All-Ireland champions to a draw.
The Banner County were always going to find it hard to live up to the weight of expectation after their remarkable and unexpected Championship triumph. Still, they will be disappointed how Cork’s midfield bossed the game in dumping them out of the Munster Championship in their first game. Davy Fitzgerald criticised the referee’s performance, but he will be under few doubts that his team are well off the form they displayed last year. In the drawn game at Cusack Park, they were almost swept aside in the opening minutes, before showing admirable resilience in putting themselves in front. Their stuttering Championship run will be all the more perplexing to Clare fans following a fine a league campaign, in which they topped Division 1 before being overcome by Tipperary in the semi-finals.
Duel of the Game
Paul Morris vs Jack Browne
Man of the match in the drawn game, Morris was marvellous last week. Notably, he snatched the crucial last minute point which levelled scores, but he also scored 9 prior to that. Morris was a constant handful for the Clare defense. Wexford may have lost the element of surprise against their more prestigious opponents, but that will do little to offset Morris’ genuine quality.
Likely tasked with stopping Morris will be Jack Browne. Having been part of a defense that conceded just 3 goals in the league, Browne will have some fine form to draw on for inspiration. However, the Banner County have conceded 2 goals in both of their Championship games so far. If Clare are to progress, they must steady their back line and Browne’s ability, or lack thereof, to quell Morris will be a key part of that attempt.
WEXFORD: M Fanning; L Ryan, M O’Hanlon, K Rossiter; E Moore, L Chin, C Kenny; D Redmond, H Kehoe; A Shore, P Doran, L McGovern; P Morris, C McDonald, R Jacob
CLARE: P Kelly; C Dillon, D McInerney, J Browne; B Bugler, Conor Ryan, P O’Connor; P Donnellan, C Galvin; J Conlon, T Kelly, C McInerney; P Collins, C McGrath, Colin Ryan
While Clare have yet to display the form that won them the Championship last year, the feeling lingers that, despite having home advantage this time round, Wexford missed their chance to eliminate the Banner County in the drawn game. The Leinster side’s form prior to the match did little to suggest they have the quality to oust the champions and now even the element of surprise is gone. It won’t be easy for Clare, but expect them to do enough to quell some of the doubts over their form: Claire by 4-6 points at 15/4 looks probable.
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