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Went to Wexford Park for the afternoon yesterday and watched the 2 finals.
The Inter A final was a slow burner in the 1st half. A defensive mixup gifted Liam Mallows a goal to make it close. All through the game Liam Mellows seemed to win most of the primary possession but tended to overplay the ball. Shot some wides from too far out or just got turned over. Horeswood used their possession much more efficiently and took less touches to make their scores. Mellows played better in the 2nd half and opened up a bit of a lead but were undone in the end by Horeswoods better forwards. Meyler and Nolan looked very sharp for the winners and young Conor Foley looks a good prospect for the future. Colin Kennedy and Ross Cody looked the best of the Liam Mellows men who will surely take some stopping next year.
The Intermediate final was a cracking game for the 1st 3 quarters before Oularts experience and subs stretched their lead in the closing stages. The evergreen Rory Jacob typified this. His ability to drift into space and put the ball over the bar as the starting players on both sides tired and the game opened up was a big difference maker in a game that had been fairly competitive up until then.
Taghmon looked nervous and out of sorts as Oulart opened up a 4 point lead but then came storming back into it scoring an unanswered 1-3. It was fairly even stuff up until halftime then when the sides went in Taghmon had a 1 point advantage. Oulart came out for the 2nd half with Jacob coming out for the 2nd half and he made a big difference. His subtle movement and efficient scoring made a difference but all over the pitch Oulart were fighting harder for the ball.
Of the younger players Billy Dunne, Cathal Doyle and Ian Carty would surely merit spending more time with the Senior intercounty panel over the winter. Conor Murphy might be worth Keith Rossiter giving a call for next year although he was with the Wexford u20 footballers this year.
Hopefully Taghmon can bounce back next year. Intermediate will be the usual minefield. Fethard won't be as bad, Cloughbawn have excellent hurlers on every line, and all the perennial Intermediate clubs will be their usual hard to beat selves. Horeswood might be a team to watch also.

Viking66 (Wexford) - Posts: 6072 - 14/08/2022 12:20:53    2437333

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Replying To Viking66:  "Went to Wexford Park for the afternoon yesterday and watched the 2 finals.
The Inter A final was a slow burner in the 1st half. A defensive mixup gifted Liam Mallows a goal to make it close. All through the game Liam Mellows seemed to win most of the primary possession but tended to overplay the ball. Shot some wides from too far out or just got turned over. Horeswood used their possession much more efficiently and took less touches to make their scores. Mellows played better in the 2nd half and opened up a bit of a lead but were undone in the end by Horeswoods better forwards. Meyler and Nolan looked very sharp for the winners and young Conor Foley looks a good prospect for the future. Colin Kennedy and Ross Cody looked the best of the Liam Mellows men who will surely take some stopping next year.
The Intermediate final was a cracking game for the 1st 3 quarters before Oularts experience and subs stretched their lead in the closing stages. The evergreen Rory Jacob typified this. His ability to drift into space and put the ball over the bar as the starting players on both sides tired and the game opened up was a big difference maker in a game that had been fairly competitive up until then.
Taghmon looked nervous and out of sorts as Oulart opened up a 4 point lead but then came storming back into it scoring an unanswered 1-3. It was fairly even stuff up until halftime then when the sides went in Taghmon had a 1 point advantage. Oulart came out for the 2nd half with Jacob coming out for the 2nd half and he made a big difference. His subtle movement and efficient scoring made a difference but all over the pitch Oulart were fighting harder for the ball.
Of the younger players Billy Dunne, Cathal Doyle and Ian Carty would surely merit spending more time with the Senior intercounty panel over the winter. Conor Murphy might be worth Keith Rossiter giving a call for next year although he was with the Wexford u20 footballers this year.
Hopefully Taghmon can bounce back next year. Intermediate will be the usual minefield. Fethard won't be as bad, Cloughbawn have excellent hurlers on every line, and all the perennial Intermediate clubs will be their usual hard to beat selves. Horeswood might be a team to watch also."
I'd largely agree on your assessment of the Inter A game, although I thought Nolan was on the periphery of the game up to getting the two late goals. Myler was sensational, one of the best performances I've seen, and surely should be brought in to the county set-up. Can't have too many pacy, nifty forwards. Foley looks a prospect too I agree. Ultimately, Mellows sort of retreated back when holding the lead and perhaps should have gone for the jugular. Lack of a bench impact killed them, but as you said Horeswood were that bit more efficient when it counted.

beano (Wexford) - Posts: 1261 - 14/08/2022 13:00:34    2437337

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Well done Ferns. What a victory, and some way to win it. Genuinely one of the best goals I have ever seen. Hard not to be swept up in the emotion of it all.

Team of the championship:

James Lawlor (Ferns)- rock steady all year. May be question-marks about his distribution but that can be ironed out. Has to be given game-time for Wexford next year.

Simon Donohoe (Shelmaliers)- his side's most consistent performer all year.

Niall Murphy (Ferns)- struggled at times today against an inspired Kyle Firman, but a pillar for the new champions otherwise.

Patrick Breen (Ferns)- late addition to this team, but was as good a man marker as anyone. A goal fitting for the big occasion.

James Peare (Rapparees)- ultra consistent, perhaps the most under-rated player in the entire grade.

Jack Cullen (Naomh Eanna)- a measure of his influence came when he had to be moved up front vs Shels due to injury. Rolls Royce.

Jack Kelly (Rapparees)- excellent. Like Peare, under-rated.

Kevin Foley (Rapparees)- gave one of the best individual performances of the entire championship in round one, and remained consistent thereafter.

Aodhan Doyle (Naomh Eanna)- another stand-out campaign for the all-action midfielder.

Joe Coleman (St.Martin's)- best free-taker since Paul Codd, quiet from general play today, but vital to Martin's run given their injuries elsewhere.

Lee Chin (Faythe Harriers)- a warrior. Best hurler in the county.

Ian Byrne (Ferns)- top scorer for the champions, hit some vital scores throughout.

Liam Og McGovern (St.Anne's)- excellent campaign.

Kyle Firman (St.Martin's)- phenomenal semi-final and final performances. Was the best player on the pitch today.

Diarmuid Doyle (Ferns)- nudges in just ahead of his team-mate Paul Morris, who had an excellent second-half today. But Doyle was probably more consistent overall.

beano (Wexford) - Posts: 1261 - 14/08/2022 17:05:01    2437374

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Attention now to the Leinster series. Hopefully the 3 teams can turn around the poor record of Wexford teams in recent years. Finishing hurling so early might come against them like last year again whe Rapps went down very disappointingly to Clough Ballacolla. Ferns mightnt have the size or scoring power to make a run at Leinster in senior. Oulart look the most likely to make a good run at Leinster and if all goes right maybe an all Ireland. Don't think they've enough if they come up against a strong Kilkenny or Munster team down the line. The last two games they've played they haven't looked wonderful hurling wise, Rory Jacob has came on the Last two games and has easily been the best player (hurling and brain wise) on the pitch. Horeswood just keep improving at such a pace but nothing would surprise me with their run in Leinster for junior. Might be tough to balance football championship with getting ready for the eisnter club hurling.

Throughthemidfieldhewasstormin (Wexford) - Posts: 102 - 14/08/2022 18:34:58    2437391

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Replying To WEX98:  "Lads, share your club hurling all stars 1 to 15 after Sundays games and I'll compile.

Closing date for nominations Friday evening."
1- Lawlor Ferns
2- Breen Ferns
3- Niall Murphy Ferns
4-AJ Redmond Rathnure
5- Damien Reck Oylegate
6- Carty Taghmon
7- Conall Flood Cloughbawn
8- Billy Dunne Oulart
9- Kevin Foley Rapps
10- Mogie St Annes
11- Lee Chin Harriers
12- Oisin Foley Crossabeg
13- Meyler Horeswood
14- Kyle Firman Martins
15- Dwyer Ferns

Tried to give it a good spread among the clubs. Ferns got four for winning their 1st ever championship though 1,2 and 3 were the best at their positions throughout as far as I could see. Dwyer scored some great points but the sideline that won it sealed his place!

Viking66 (Wexford) - Posts: 6072 - 14/08/2022 19:22:52    2437401

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Replying To ExiledInWex:  "
Replying To Viking66:  "[quote=ExiledInWex:  "[quote=Viking66:  "[quote=beano:  "Intermediate:

Group A:

Fethard-Askamore: Could be a great game on paper. Fethard put up a serious score against their rivals last week, and Askamore have improved their scoring game-on-game as the championship progressed. Tucker vs Eoin Whelan at the weekend should be a good contest. Fethard by 3.

Tara Rocks-Bunclody: Tara Rocks can't progress, and looking ahead to the football championship, are the only senior football side that are definitely out of the hurling already (Harriers' Sars contingent and Glynn could yet join them). Bunclody have Nolan back and are going well. Bunclody to win by 5.

Gusserane- Adamstown: woeful campaign to date for Adamstown, and don't foresee it getting any easier against a side reeling from a heavy defeat to their rivals. Amazingly, Gusserane have the second-worst defence in the group, behind only Tara Rocks, while Adamstown's concession rate isn't too bad all things considered. Still, all form-lines point to a rudimentary Gusserane win, by 6 points.

Bunclody 8 pts (head-to-head over Fethard)
Fethard 8 pts
Askamore 6 pts
Gusserane 6 pts

Group B

Taghmon-Buffers Alley: must-win game for the Alley to stave off relegation worries. Taghmon, aside from their thrashing by Oulart, have been steady if unspectacular, although have hit eight goals in their last two games. Buffers Alley ran Oulart very close the last day (even if their need was far greater), and I think they will battle to a 2 point win.

Oulart-Blackwater: significant win for Blackwater last week as it gives them some semblance of breathing room ahead of an expected loss to the favourites. Their -1 score differential far exceeds both Jimmies and Ballygarrett, so by all intents and purposes they are safe for another year regardless. Oulart win by 8 points.

St.James-Ballygarrett: Ballygarrett have been pretty woeful so far, while James' have stagnated themselves as well after a few years of contention. James' are the only team without the head-to-head record vs the Alley so they are in "critical win" territory, and I think they will dog out a tight two-point win here.

Oulart 10 pts
Taghmon 6 pts
Buffers Alley 4 pts (+6 SD)
Blackwater 4 pts (-9 SD)
St.James 4 pts (-18 SD)
Ballygarrett 2 pts

Quarter-finals: Blackwater vs Bunclody; Fethard vs Buffers Alley; Taghmon vs Askamore; Oulart vs Gusserane."
So if Taghmon beat the Alley the Alley need St James to lose to Ballygarrett or they will be in the relegation game? That's going to make the game in Wexford Park fairly spicy as I don't see Ballygarrett beating the Jimmy's from what I've seen of both this year. Problem for the Jimmy's and Ballygarrett is that Taghmon are guaranteed 2nd place already. Can't finish 1st or 3rd. At the same time there is good competition for places in the Taghmon team this year and meeting the Alley in the Park would be a game any club hurler would rise their game for!"
From what I know, no club takes it easy vs Buffers Alley? Its a bit like when a club plays Man United or Liverpool, or more accurately in the case of Buffers Alley, Notts Forest."]Think the Alley were relatively more successful than Forest. Only club in Wexford to ever win the big 1!"]Well Forest won 2 in the early 80's so I think maybe Aston Villa then?"]More like Man Utd Exiled. The Alley will probably win a Senior title before Utd win another Premiership!!

Viking66 (Wexford) - Posts: 6072 - 14/08/2022 19:28:37    2437405

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Replying To WEX98:  "Lads, share your club hurling all stars 1 to 15 after Sundays games and I'll compile.

Closing date for nominations Friday evening."
Where is your team lad?

Viking66 (Wexford) - Posts: 6072 - 14/08/2022 19:39:33    2437406

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Really enjoyed today's senior final. Great performances from both sides. Surely Darragh will get a few new players to bulk up his panel.
I was cheering on Ferns eventhough I'm neutral.
It's good for hurling in
the county with a new name on the cup
Paul Morris showed that he still has plenty to offer at intercounty level and was excellent today.
I hope they will give leinster a good rattle later on.
Maybe the lengthy delay with no hurling and most of them playing football for the next 5-6 weeks will
go against them like the Rapps last year. Surely there is a strong case to play off our championship
differently. Football for two weeks then hurling for two weeks. If we don't, the problems will remain and we will as usual suffer embarrassing defeats.

Magpie2 (Wexford) - Posts: 36 - 14/08/2022 19:43:29    2437407

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Replying To Magpie2:  "Really enjoyed today's senior final. Great performances from both sides. Surely Darragh will get a few new players to bulk up his panel.
I was cheering on Ferns eventhough I'm neutral.
It's good for hurling in
the county with a new name on the cup
Paul Morris showed that he still has plenty to offer at intercounty level and was excellent today.
I hope they will give leinster a good rattle later on.
Maybe the lengthy delay with no hurling and most of them playing football for the next 5-6 weeks will
go against them like the Rapps last year. Surely there is a strong case to play off our championship
differently. Football for two weeks then hurling for two weeks. If we don't, the problems will remain and we will as usual suffer embarrassing defeats."
Problem is the standard of both our club championships will suffer if lads have to play football for 2 weeks and then play hurling, a completely different game, for 2 weeks then back to football etc. Most of the 40 odd players playing in the senior hurling final today will be playing football next weekend.

Viking66 (Wexford) - Posts: 6072 - 14/08/2022 20:01:09    2437409

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Got talking to Ian Carty over the weekend. Despite getting an all star nomination playing intercounty u21 hurling he has never got a call from the Wexford Senior hurling set up. He said of course he would go if he ever got that call. Cathal Doyle would surely be worth Darragh Egan looking at too. Stephen O Gorman who played u21 hurling for Wexford as well. If none of them work out fair enough but it's amazing they have never been called in for trials even.

Viking66 (Wexford) - Posts: 6072 - 15/08/2022 10:11:56    2437461

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Replying To Viking66:  "Got talking to Ian Carty over the weekend. Despite getting an all star nomination playing intercounty u21 hurling he has never got a call from the Wexford Senior hurling set up. He said of course he would go if he ever got that call. Cathal Doyle would surely be worth Darragh Egan looking at too. Stephen O Gorman who played u21 hurling for Wexford as well. If none of them work out fair enough but it's amazing they have never been called in for trials even."
Think Ian Carty is an outstanding player and could fill the void of Paudie Foley who is a loss. Another player who really impressed me over the weekend and last weekend is Kyle Firman . I think he really has improved this year and could be worth including In the panel .

Afinestick (Wexford) - Posts: 618 - 15/08/2022 11:08:50    2437472

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Replying To Viking66:  "Got talking to Ian Carty over the weekend. Despite getting an all star nomination playing intercounty u21 hurling he has never got a call from the Wexford Senior hurling set up. He said of course he would go if he ever got that call. Cathal Doyle would surely be worth Darragh Egan looking at too. Stephen O Gorman who played u21 hurling for Wexford as well. If none of them work out fair enough but it's amazing they have never been called in for trials even."
That's a farce. Carty has been in the top bracket of half-backs in the county for years. Doyle is definitely worth a shot as well, it's not like we are blessed with forwards.

beano (Wexford) - Posts: 1261 - 15/08/2022 11:09:21    2437473

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Well done to Ferns!
Great game of hurling. A very good standard.
Thought there were plenty good hurlers on both sides.
Am delighted for Paul Morris ... honest hard working hurler.
When I was a young lad, I would have seen ferns as a good team but not in the same category as the Alley or the harriers or Rathnure. Just shows what great work has gone on at underage and this win puts them firmly in as a good senior hurling club in Wexford. Nobody can take that back from them, no matter what happens in the future. They know now what is required to win the senior club and the years of work to get a club to this level.
So well done Ferns!

On a different note, it's super to see the variety of clubs in Wexford win senior.
It bodes very well for hurling in Wexford to have such a spread of clubs.
In the last 7 years, 6 clubs have won the senior club championship - Ferns, Rapparees, Shelmaliers, St. Martins, Naomh Éanna and Oulart.
In the last 13 years, another 5 clubs have been in the senior final - St. Annes, Cloughbawn, Harriers, Rathnure and the Alley. Then allow for the fact that Crossabeg & Oylegate are holding their own in senior and you have a host of intermediate clubs like Taghmon/Bunclody/Askamore/etc who are very competitive as well.
Great to see the spread!

Punter72007 (Wexford) - Posts: 308 - 15/08/2022 12:17:14    2437485

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Replying To Afinestick:  "Think Ian Carty is an outstanding player and could fill the void of Paudie Foley who is a loss. Another player who really impressed me over the weekend and last weekend is Kyle Firman . I think he really has improved this year and could be worth including In the panel ."
I said that to Cathal Doyle that I thought himself and Kyle Firman were probably the best 2 young forwards over u20 I saw in this years championship who weren't already around the Senior panel.

Viking66 (Wexford) - Posts: 6072 - 15/08/2022 12:54:29    2437495

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Replying To Viking66:  "1- Lawlor Ferns
2- Breen Ferns
3- Niall Murphy Ferns
4-AJ Redmond Rathnure
5- Damien Reck Oylegate
6- Carty Taghmon
7- Conall Flood Cloughbawn
8- Billy Dunne Oulart
9- Kevin Foley Rapps
10- Mogie St Annes
11- Lee Chin Harriers
12- Oisin Foley Crossabeg
13- Meyler Horeswood
14- Kyle Firman Martins
15- Dwyer Ferns

Tried to give it a good spread among the clubs. Ferns got four for winning their 1st ever championship though 1,2 and 3 were the best at their positions throughout as far as I could see. Dwyer scored some great points but the sideline that won it sealed his place!"
Who's mogie when he's at home?

Bon (Kildare) - Posts: 1726 - 15/08/2022 13:41:32    2437507

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Replying To Bon:  "Who's mogie when he's at home?"
Liam og Mcgovern Bon

Viking66 (Wexford) - Posts: 6072 - 15/08/2022 14:43:21    2437517

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Replying To beano:  "I'd largely agree on your assessment of the Inter A game, although I thought Nolan was on the periphery of the game up to getting the two late goals. Myler was sensational, one of the best performances I've seen, and surely should be brought in to the county set-up. Can't have too many pacy, nifty forwards. Foley looks a prospect too I agree. Ultimately, Mellows sort of retreated back when holding the lead and perhaps should have gone for the jugular. Lack of a bench impact killed them, but as you said Horeswood were that bit more efficient when it counted."
Glad a Waterford man was part of yere county champions. At least in Wexford there is believe that Waterford have some people that know some thing about hurling.

Canuck (Waterford) - Posts: 2314 - 15/08/2022 14:55:14    2437520

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Replying To Canuck:  "Glad a Waterford man was part of yere county champions. At least in Wexford there is believe that Waterford have some people that know some thing about hurling."
He learnt from the best!

countyman2022 (Wexford) - Posts: 278 - 15/08/2022 15:42:18    2437527

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Firstly well done to all the winners over the weekend. Interested me that Ferns got a good transfer in with D Doyle and it never got the same attention as when Gorey won a few years ago and Dunbar was involved. Also did Meyler that was exceptional for Horeswood all year transfer in there also?

grassroots01 (Wexford) - Posts: 86 - 15/08/2022 16:08:23    2437532

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Replying To grassroots01:  "Firstly well done to all the winners over the weekend. Interested me that Ferns got a good transfer in with D Doyle and it never got the same attention as when Gorey won a few years ago and Dunbar was involved. Also did Meyler that was exceptional for Horeswood all year transfer in there also?"
Jamie Meyler has been a Horeswood player since he was a teenager if not all his life. He kicked ball for Wexford u20s in 2018 and was a Horeswood player then.
Diarmuid Doyle was a Marshallstown player not sure why he moved to Ferns. But he isn't and wasn't, at least yet, a Senior Intercounty player like Cathal Dunbar.

Viking66 (Wexford) - Posts: 6072 - 15/08/2022 16:30:37    2437538

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