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Wednesday 16 October 2019

Tribe may need to find another way to win

Davy Fitzgerald
Davy Fitzgerald

We weren't exactly sure how Davy would publicly react to the loss of a three-point lead in the 40th minute of the second half of last week's draw with Dublin in Parnell Park.

In the end, he opted for stoic defiance.

"The way we played for 20 minutes there," he said, in reference to the part in the preceding game where his team blitzed Dublin and turned a five-point deficit into a three-point lead, "I don't think any team in the country would touch us - the way we moved the ball around, the intensity that we showed."

That may have been true, but it skirted over the previous passage where Dublin, having decoded Mark Fanning's puck-outs, eased into a five-point lead.

All of the set-piece moves that had been so profitable for Wexford in the first half were suddenly falling limp and with Davy's inside line devoured by Eoghan O'Donnell and Paddy Smyth, there wasn't much they could do.

Still, as any hurling manager will tell you, forcing turnovers is the new key metric.

And executing two so high up the pitch as Wexford did prior to both of their goals is priceless.

The upshot of the draw is that nobody in Leinster can be certain of anything and Wexford may need either to get something from this game or in their last match of the round-robin series against Kilkenny in Wexford Park.

Galway weren't hectic in their opener against Carlow a couple of weeks ago but they didn't need to be.

Niall Burke took over free-taking duties in the absence of Joe Canning and hit six.

Decoy

Jason Flynn scored 0-3 from Canning's usual spot at centre-forward.

Conor Whelan and Conor Cooney were as clinical as we've come to expect.

But Wexford will pose a different question here entirely with their orchestrated running game, all angled support play and decoy runners.

Against Dublin, Lee Chin was unplayable, flitting between midfield and offering himself as a puck-out option when Dublin choked Fanning's short options.

Galway suffocated Wexford last year, killing them with direct ball from deep, but they might need to find another way to win here.

ODDS: Galway 4/9, Draw 10/1, Wexford 10/4

VERDICT: Galway

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