NOWLAN PARK, KILKENNY was the venue as Wexford and Waterford went head-to-head in this All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Round 2 Qualifier.
With Waterford out of action since June 28 and Wexford having had back-to-back 90 minute games over the last fortnight, rust and tiredness could both play a factor this evening.
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18.28 – Hello and welcome to this evening’s coverage of the All-Ireland SHC Round 2 qualifier between Wexford and Waterford. We’ll have blow-by-blow coverage from Nowlan Park with throw in at 7pm.
18.31 – First up here are the teams as named -
1. Mark Fanning (Glynn Barntown)
2. Liam Ryan (Rapparees)
3. Matthew O’Hanlon (St. James’)
4. Keith Rossiter (Oulart the Ballagh)
5. Andrew Shore (Parnells, Dublin)
6. Eoin Moore (Oulart the Ballagh)
7. Ciaran Kenny (Buffers Alley)
8. David Redmond (Oulart the Ballagh)
9. Lee Chin (Faythe Harriers)
10. Paul Morris (Ferns St. Aidan’s)
11. Podge Doran (Oylegate/Glenbrien)
12. Diarmuid O’Keeffe (St. Anne’s)
13. Jack Guiney (Rathnure)
14. Conor McDonald (Naomh Eanna)
15.Liam Og McGovern (St. Anne’s)
And their opponents -
1. Stephen O Keeffe (Ballygunner)
2. Shane Fives (Carrigtwohill)
3. Liam Lawlor (Fourmilewater)
4. Noel Connors (Passage)
5. Darragh Fives (Tourin)
6. Kevin Moran (De La Salle)
7. Tadgh de Burca (Clashmore/Kinsalebeg)
8. Michael Walsh (Stradbally) (Captain)
9. Padraig Prendergast (Lismore)
10. Shane O’Sullivan (Ballygunner)
11. Pauric Mahony (Ballygunner)
12. Austin Gleeson (Mount Sion)
13. Colin Dunford (Colligan)
14. Shane Walsh (Fourmilewater)
15. Jake Dillon (De La Salle)
18.43 – This is just the third championship meeting between the sides and honours are even between with Wexford winning the first meeting in 2003 (1-20 to 0-18) and Waterford the 2008 encounter (2-19 to 3-15).
But who’ll win tonight? Give us your predictions in the comments below.
18.57 – Late change for Wexford as (23) Harry Kehoe replaces Diarmuid O’Keeffe in the half-forward line.
19.00 – The anthem is playing and we’re nearly set for throw-in.
And the game is under way with Wexford playing into the wind in the first half.
19.02 – Waterford 0-1 Wexford 0-0 – 1min: First blood to Waterford as Shane Walsh strikes one from play.
19.04 – Wexford 0-2 Waterford 0-1 - 3mins: Podge Doran and Paul Morris score two quick fire points and Wexford are certainly more accurate than they were last weekend against Clare.
19.05 – Waterford 0-2 Wexford 0-2 – 5mins: Pauric Mahony won’t score an easier free than that and the sides are level after five minutes.
19.08 – Wexford 0-3 Waterford 0-2 – 7mins: Podge Doran is two from two to restore Wexford’s lead. Waterford can’t match the 18-year old’s accuracy and they strike their second wide of the game.
19.10 – Wexford 0-3 Waterford 0-3 – 10mins: Jake Dillion levels things up for the third time.
19.11 – Wexford 0-4 Waterford 0-3 – 11mins: Lovely score from Conor McDonald who seems to have the freedom of Nowlan Park and takes full advantage to restore Wexford’s lead.
19.12 – Wexford 1-4 Waterford 0-3 – 12mins: Stephen O’Keeffe has no chance as Paul Morris buries the first goal of the game and suddenly Liam Dunne’s men lead by four.
Waterford have a chance to come back into this game immediately.
19.14 – MISSED!
Austin Gleeson’s shot is stopped by Moore on the Wexford line and Waterford have to settle for a 65. Probably a fair result as it looked a harsh penalty.
Wexford 1-4 Waterford 0-4 – 13mins: Pauric Mahony points the place ball.
19.15 – Wexford 1-4 Waterford 0-5 – 14mins: Mahony gets his third free of the game and the gap is back to two points. Waterford have responded well to that goal.
19.17 – Wexford 1-5 Waterford 0-5 – 17mins: Jack Guiney has restored Wexford’s three point lead with his first score of the game.
19.21 – Wexford 1-5 Waterford 0-6 – 20mins: Mahony’s free-taking keeps Waterford in touch. That’s four for the Ballygunner man.
19.22 – Wexford 1-6 Waterford 0-7 – 23mins: Liam Og McGovern – who has been doing most of his work off the ball – makes it a three point game yet again. Brick Walsh is fouled though and Mahony has another free to his name.
19.23 – Substitution: Diarmuid O’Keeffe – named to start – comes on as Harry Keohe (the man who replaced him) goes off.
19.24 – Wexford 1-6 Waterford 0-7 – 24mins: Mahony hits Waterford’s fourth wide. Tellingly, Wexford have none.
19.25 – Wexford 1-6 Waterford 0-9 – 24mins: Colin Dunford skips past Matthew O’Hanlon and gets his first score of the game before Austin Gleeson levels things up.
19.26 – Waterford 0-10 Wexford 1-6 – 26mins: Another Waterford free, another Mahony score and Waterford lead.
19.28 – Waterford 0-11 Wexford 1-7 – 27mins: Jake Dillion made it five points in a row for the Déise before O’Keeffe grabbed a badly needed point for Wexford. Will that steady the ship?
19.29 – Waterford 0-12 Wexford 1-7 – 28mins: Nobody picking up Austin Gleeson as the Wexford half-back line goes missing and Waterford’s lead is two again. The pressure starts to tell on Wexford as they hit their first wide of the game.
19.32 – Waterford 0-12 Wexford 1-8 – 31mins: Paul Morris with a close range free reduces the deficit to one.
19.33 – Waterford 0-12 Wexford 1-9 – 33mins: McGovern uses his pace to draw the sides level.
19.35 – Waterford 0-12 Wexford 1-9 – 35mins: Three wides in two minutes costs Wexford as they start to dominate possession again.
19.36 – GOAL FOR WEXFORD! Wexford 2-9 Waterford 0-12 – 35+1mins: Conor McDonald with another unstoppable effort for Wexford and they lead by three.
Wexford go into the break in front but this is anyone’s game at the moment.
19.44 – Here’s who put the points on the board and the ball in the net in the first half -
Scorers for Wexford: Conor McDonald 1-2, Paul Morris 1-1 (0-1f), Liam Og McGovern 0-2, Podge Doran, Jack Guiney and Diarmuid O’Keeffe 0-1 each.
Scorers for Waterford: Pauric Mahony 0-6 (0-5f), Austin Gleeson and Jake Dillion 0-2 each, Colin Dunford and Shane Walsh 0-1 each.
19.53 – Look who has shown up in Nowlan Park. And even he’s jumping on this beard bandwagon.
Controversially, he refuses to tell Sky Sports who he’s cheering for tonight!
Source: Sky Sports
The second-half is under way after Wexford took some extra time in the dressing room at the break.
19.57 – Wexford 2-9 Waterford 0-12 – 38mins: Still no score in the second half but Jake Dillon has a goal chance blocked by Wexford goalkeeper Mark Fanning.
19.58 – Wexford 2-10 Waterford 0-12 – 38mins: And just like that, Podge Doran makes a liar of me and scores the first point of the second half, his second of the game.
19.58 – Wexford 2-10 Waterford 0-12 – 40mins: Paul Morris should have had his second goal of the game but a wonderful save from Stephen O’Keeffe keeps his side in the game.
20.00 – GOAL FOR WEXFORD! Wexford 3-10 Waterford 0-12 – 41mins: Well that didn’t last long as David Redmond’s barnstorming run is capped with a brilliantly taken goal. The gap is now seven points as Waterford have failed to score in the second period.
20.03 – Double change for Waterford as they go goal hunting:
20.03 – Wexford 3-10 Waterford 0-13 – 44mins: Pauric Mahony strikes another free and Waterford have troubled the scoreboard operators for the first time in 15 minutes.
20.05 – GOAL FOR WATERFORD! Wexford 3-10 Waterford 1-13 – 46mins: Kevin Moran’s ball is brilliant and Colin Dunford scores his first ever senior championship goal. This one’s not done just yet.
20.06 – Wexford 3-10 Waterford 1-14 – 48mins: Gleeson points and there’s just two between them again.
20.09 – GOAL FOR WATERFORD!Waterford 2-14 Wexford 3-11 – 49mins: Dunford again! Paul Morris points and we’re level.
End to end stuff in Nowlan Park.
20.10 – Wexford 3-12 Waterford 2-14 – 51mins: Paul Morris brings his personal tally to 1-2 with his second free of the game and Wexford lead again.
20.11 – Wexford 3-12 Waterford 2-14 – 53mins: A bad miss from a close range free from Pauric Mahony. Will the Déise regret that?
20.13 – Wexford 3-13 Waterford 2-14 – 54mins: Paul Morris points another free and Wexford are ahead by two again.
20.15 – Wexford 3-14 Waterford 2-15 – 54mins: Morris again as he finds acres of space and there’s a goal between the teams with 15 minutes left.
Stephen Molumphy keeps Waterford in touch.
20.17 – Wexford 3-14 Waterford 2-15 – 58mins: Two missed frees from Jack Guiney makes it 11 wides for Wexford.
20.20 – Wexford 3-14 Waterford 2-15 – 61mins: Another bad miss from a scoreable free for Wexford. Down the other end Molumphy also sends it wide from play.
20.24 – Wexford 3-14 Waterford 2-15 – 65mins: The quality has gone out of the game and it’s been over ten minutes since the last score.
20.24 – Wexford 3-15 Waterford 2-15 – 66mins: Ian Byrne makes it a one goal game with four minutes to go.
20.29 – Wexford 3-15 Waterford 2-15 – 70+1mins: We’re in injury time and there’s still a goal between them.
Wexford 3-15 Waterford 2-15
No extra-time needed for Liam Dunne’s men tonight as they hold out for the three point win. They’ll now face Limerick in the All-Ireland SHC quarter-finals.
20.44 – And that’s it from me. Thanks as always for joining us. Wexford don’t make it easy on themselves but at least they didn’t need extra-time this week.
20.46 – Thanks as always for joining us. Feel free to continue the conversation in the comment section.