MIKIE DWYER surprised Limerick’s wideboys because the All-Eire champions slumped to their first defeat to Wexford in 5 years.
The Fethard attacker pounced for the one objective with 12 minutes left when he latched on to a mishit free from Jack O’Connor and fired previous Nickie Quaid.
Misfiring Limerick — who lined out with 9 of their All-Eire last starters — created a number of possibilities however failed to attain a single level after the 54th minute and clocked up a stunning TWENTY wides at a wild and windy Chadwicks Wexford Park.
John Kiely was sad with that huge rely however admitted Wexford had been full worth for his or her first win over the Shannonsiders since 2017.
The Treaty boss stated: “Credit score to Wexford, they had been in our faces from the very begin and so they deserved their victory. They labored actually exhausting.
“We hit 20 wides, 12 within the first half after we had been wind-assisted, one thing one can’t afford, significantly because the wind was all the time going to be decisive.
“We used the ball nicely popping out of defence, however our possession recreation broke down within the center third with the lack of possession.
“Subsequent week we now have Galway at dwelling however we now have heaps to work on this week.
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“We’re going to use a wide array of gamers in the course of the league, however having stated that we’re going to want extra of a return from our possession.”
New Wexford boss Darragh Egan was delighted with the best way his facet bounced again from their 16-point drubbing by the hands of Dublin within the Walsh Cup, however warned that it’s solely February.
He stated: “Limerick hit a number of wides which left us within the recreation however I used to be extremely happy with our full-back line and the best way they defended. We nonetheless need to be conscious that it’s early days.
“Now we have to construct up our physicality and in addition be taught from a hurling schooling perspective issues we have to enhance upon.
“We might be going all out for the league — it is a mission, there’s a new regime, new gamers, gamers who haven’t skilled a lot hurling at this stage, so sure, we’ll attempt to get as a lot as attainable out of the league.”
Each side made errors within the troublesome underfoot circumstances, resulting in a low- scoring recreation, with the noisy massive crowd having to attend till the fifth minute to see a rating — a Jack O’Connor free.
O’Connor pointed a second free two minutes later earlier than Declan Hannon and Aaron Gillane introduced Limerick stage.
O’Connor continued to show his accuracy as the house facet edged 0-6 to 0-4 clear, a lead which may have been larger however for an excellent Quaid save from Conor McDonald.
Limerick had been profitable a number of ball and creating a number of openings however nearly every thing they hit sailed huge.
Gearóid Hegarty bucked the pattern with two glorious trademark factors to go away them main 0-7 to 0-6 on the interval.
Wexford made good use of the lengthy ball with the robust wind, however they nonetheless trailed by 0-11 to 0-9 after 54 minutes.
The break they wanted arrived 12 minutes from the tip. O’Connor’s mishit free from midfield dropped quick and Dwyer pounced to ship a low floor shot to the nook for a 1-9 to 0-11 lead.
A DESERVED VICTORY
Limerick failed to attain once more and Wexford edged clear with factors from McDonald — who for as soon as eluded full-back Dan Morrissey — and Conal Flood.
The drama was not over as Limerick had a late probability when Diarmaid Byrnes went for objective from a 30-metre free however the sliotar was ultimately deflected out for a 65, which he then floated huge as Wexford held out for a deserved victory.
WEXFORD: M Fanning; S Donohoe, L Ryan, M O’Hanlon; D Reck, P Foley, C Flood 0-2; D O’Keeffe 0-1, C Dunbar; O Foley 0-2, L Óg McGovern, J O’Connor 0-5, 4f; C McGuckin, C McDonald 0-1, M Dwyer 1-0. Subs: D Dunne for Dunbar 58 minutes; O Pepper for McGuckin 62; P Morris for O’Connor 69.
LIMERICK: N Quaid; B Nash, D Morrissey, R English; D Byrnes 0-3, 2f, 1 65, D Hannon 0-1, C Coughlan; R Hanley 0-1, W O’Donoghue; C O’Neill, T Morrissey, G Hegarty 0-3; A Gillane 0-2f, P Ryan, D Reidy 0-1f. Subs: S Flanagan for Gillane h-t; O O’Reilly for Ryan 46 minutes; C Boylan for O’Neill 59; D O’Connell for Reidy 66; B O’Grady for Hanley 69.
REFEREE: T Walsh (Waterford).
https://www.thesun.ie/sport/8325372/mikie-dwyer-goal-wexford-beat-limerick-national-league/ Mikie Dwyer objective helps Wexford stun All-Eire champions Limerick in Nationwide League conflict