Full time Wexford reach their second Leinster final since 1945 with a comfortable 4-12 to 0-10 victory over Carlow.
Leinster SFC semi-finals
Wexford 4-12 vs 0-10 Carlow, Croke Park, 2pm
70 min played
70+2 min Full time. Convincing victory for Wexford, who only hit three wides in the second half.
70+1 min Cormac Mullins scores a point for Carlow. Only three points for Carlow in an a disappointing second half.
70 min Another goal for Wexford! Eric Bradley scores for Wexford.
67 min Another point for Wexford from a 45.
67 min Banville has a chance to score his second goal but O’Reilly makes another good save. Great work by Lyng again.
65 min Banville scores a great goal for Wexford after good work from Ciaran Lyng. Wexford are running away with the match after a good second half performance.
64 min Eric Bradley extends the lead to nine points with a good point.
62 min Paddy Byrne has another goal chance for Wexford, but Byrne is too casual and the effort is saved.
60 min Goal chance for Wexford by Ciaran Lyng, but the effort is saved. The Wexford man could have taken a point.
57 min Carlow have been poor in the second half, only scoring one point.
54 min Trevor O’Reilly makes a great save from a Ben Brosnan shot. 65 for Wexford, which is dispatched with aplomb.
51 min Free in for Carlow. Daniel St Ledger drifts the ball in, but Wexford clear.
49 min Goal chance for Wexford wasted.
48 min Carlow’s Shane Redmond is down injured.
47 min Carlow finally get their first point of the second half.
46 min Wexford are attacking in waves. Another point for Wexford makes it a four point game.
45 min Shane Roche scores another point for Wexford.
43 min Ben Brosnan scores from a free for Wexford.
38 min Ben Brosnan scores a point for Wexford. Four point lead for Wexford.
36 min Second half starts at Croke Park.
Half time Wexford hold a 2-4 to 0-7 lead at the interval. Carlow have played well, but two Shane Roche goals have been crucial for Wexford.
35+2 min Half time
35+1 min Wexford hit their eighth wide.
35 min Goal for Wexford! Shane Roche scores his second of the day. Roche has scored 2-3 so far.
34 min Daniel St Ledger hits an ambitious shot, but it drifts just wide.
32 min Daniel St Ledger scores his second point of the day for Carlow.
31 min Wexford take the lead again.
30 min Brendan Murphy scores for Carlow. Scores are level again.
27 min Shane Roche scores for Wexford as they take a one point lead.
24 min Daniel St Ledger scores a good point for Carlow.
19 min Goal for Wexford! Shane Roche scores for Wexford.
17 min Another point for Carlow.
11 min Brian Murphy scores his second point for Carlow.
5 min Carlow make a good start and move into an early 0-2 to 0-1 lead. Brendan Murphy scores Carlow’s second point.
0min Carlow and Wexford will square off this Sunday in the first of the days Leinster SFC semi finals at Croke Park with a 2.00pm throw in. The prize that awaits the winners will be a place in the final against either Dublin or Kildare who meet in the other semi final.
Carlow (SF v Wexford): T O’Reilly; A Murphy, C Lawlor, B Kavanagh; P Cashin, S Redmond, K Nolan; B Murphy, D Foley; P Hickey, T Walsh, E Finnegan; B Murphy, S Gannon, D St Ledger.
Wexford (SFC v Carlow): 1. Anthony Masterson, 2. Joey Wadding, 3. Graeme Molloy, 4. Brian Malone, 5. Adrian Flynn, 6. David Murphy Capt., 7. Aindreas Doyle, 8. Rory Quinlivan, 9. Daithí Waters, 10. Shane Roche, 11. Ciarán Lyng, 12. Ben Brosnan, 13.Colm Morris, 14. Eric Bradley, 15. Redmond Barry.
By Alan Conway
In getting to the semi final stage, Carlow produced what many say was the shock of the championship thus far when they beat last years beaten Leinster finalists Laois by a single point in the last round of the championship.
Wexford are arguably the form tie in this match up as they arrive at Croke Park on the back of two excellent wins against Offaly and Westmeath scoring 3-40 in the two games and conceding just 0-23. Such a fine record will fill them with confidence this Sunday against a side that many people have tagged as the major underdogs.
Depsite the underdog tag Wexford selector Diarmuid O’Hanlon is not taking Carlow lightly and he knows that his side will need to be in the right frame of mind come Sunday afternoon “We’ve definitely no complacency about Carlow. They’ve always been a difficult team for Wexford to beat. But we’re happy with our own preparations.
“Apart from the disappointment of the last few games of the league, where we missed out on promotion to Division Two on points difference, for a second year in a row, it’s been quite a good season. We just hit a bad spell at a bad time, but we’re showing our true form at the moment, and hopefully that will continue. League form is not long forgotten after a good run in the championship.”
Carlow have just one injury concern ahead of this weekend’s clash with full back Conor Lawlor been rated doubtful after injuring his shoulder while on duty with his club. Wexford meanwhile can look forward to welcoming back Niall Murphy, who has returned to training, while P.J. Banville is also strongly pushing for a place in the extended squad.
The challenge facing Carlow will be to try and contain the roaming Colm Morris who had made huge space for the likes of Redmond Barry and Ciarán Lyng in the last two games. So much so that Marry and Lyng have scored 3-19 between themselves in the last two games. If Carlow can shut Morris down then the fulcrum through Wexford build their play will be shut down.
They will also have to cope with the new Wexford young gun Ben Brosnan who has delighted the Wexford selectors with his recent displays “From the outside it does appear as if Ben appeared from nowhere,” says O’Hanlon, “but he’s been involved with us for the last three or four years. He came on against Cork in the qualifiers last year, with the game almost over, and still kicked a super score, from 50 metres out. So he’s been very much on our radar, although he only really come of age in the last eight to 12 months.”
For Carlow to prosper in this game they will be looking to Brendan Murphy who will once again be their key man around the middle of the park. If he can make an early impact and dictate the game then Carlow could cause a surprise. If not Wexford should have too many gears for Carlow in this one.