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All Ireland Qualifiers: Kernan’s future looking bleak as Galway lose to Wexford

Galway 0-13 Wexford 1-11: Joe Kernan is considering his future as Galway boss as the Tribesmen were dumped out of this year’s Championship following a vintage display from Ciaran Lyng.

Lyng struck two late points and wing-back Adrian Flynn landed another as Jason Ryan’s men claimed the memorable win in a sodden Pearse Stadium.

Wexford took the lead for the first time midway through the second half when Lyng blasted a penalty to the Galway net after Darren Mullahy was adjudged to have fouled Eric Bradley.

The return to fitness of Matty Forde gave Wexford penetration up front but it was Ciaran Lyng who settled them with their first score when he rounded David Reilly to point superbly on 13 minutes.

Forde landed a 30-metres free and Wexford got on top with Lyng adding a free before Colm Morris grabbed an equalising point. Kernan reacted by replacing Reilly with Darren Mullahy and Cormac Bane announced his replacement for Eoin Concannon by kicking a point with his first touch, before Matthew Clancy made it 0-6 to 0-4 eight minutes from the break. However, Wexford finished a good opening half on a high when Lyng battled past Galway challenges to kick an inspirational point.

Galway cruised into a three point lead, thanks mainly to Joyce and Bane, but a 45 from Redmond Barry and Lyng’s goal from the penalty gave the Yellowbellies the upper hand.

Three scores from Bane, Joyce and Gary O’Donnell looked to have sealed Galway progress when his off-balance shot sailed over, but that was just the prelude to Lyng’s match-winning finale.

A lively opening to the second period saw Galway cruise into a three point lead – thanks mainly to Joyce and Bane, but a 45 from Redmond Barry and Lyng’s goal from the penalty after 52 minutes gave the Yellowbellies the upper hand.

Three scores on the bounce from Bane, Joyce and the rampaging Gary O’Donnell looked to have sealed Galway progress when his off-balance shot sailed over, but that was just the prelude to Lyng’s match-winning finale as Wexford march into the next round.Galway: A Faherty; D Reilly, F Hanley, A Burke; G Bradshaw, K Fitzgerald, G O’Donnell (0-1); J Bergin, N Coleman; G Sice, F Breathnach, M Clancy (0-1); E Concannon, P Joyce (0-6, 0-2f), S Armstrong (0-1). Subs: C Bane (0-4) for Concannon (20); D Mullahy for Reilly (24); P Conroy for Clancy (58).

Wexford: A Masterson; J Wadding, G Molloy, B Malone; A Flynn (0-1), D Murphy, A Doyle; E Bradley (0-1), D Waters; C Morris (0-1), M Forde (0-1f), R Barry (0-1, 45); C Lyng (1-6, 1-0 pen, 0-2f), PJ Banville, S Roche. Subs: B Brosnan for Roche (52); B Doyle for Watters (67); P Naughter for Morris (70).

Referee: Jimmy White (Donegal).

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