Belfast Telegraph

Friday 18 April 2014

Oak Leafers play to the conditions as they breeze on

Wexford 0-10 Derry 0-19

Derry had too much class for Wexford as they eased their way to their second win of the season after a scintillating display of open football.

Wexford lived a charmed life in the first quarter when the visitors really could have been out of sight.

Despite Brian McIver's decision to have his ball playing backs push forward on a defensive Wexford, the Derry manager could only watch on as the Oak Leafers kicked eight poor wides in the first half and wasted three gilt-edged goal chances.

James Kielt dummied inside from the left wing only to slice wide, before the Kilrea man was again denied, this time with an outstanding Graeme Molloy block eight yards from goal.

Ben Brosnan steadied the hosts with a close range free in the 18th minute to register his side's first score before Adrian Flynn and Shane Roche answered Mark Lynch's response.

The game opened up with Daithi Watters taking complete control around the middle and Redmond Barry and Ben Brosnan had Wexford level.

But Derry hit back before half-time with Sean Leo McGoldrick and Enda Lynn striking two important points against the wind to make it 0-8 to 0-6.

On the turnaround Derry used the wind at their back and immediately cancelled out a Brosnan free with six unanswered scores, Enda Lynn completing the purple patch when he finished off a sweeping counter attack.

Ruairi Quinn-Livain hit the home side's first point in 15 minutes but with 10 remaining Thomas Mallon kept out a Joey Wadding effort with his feet and Shane Roche crashed the crossbar from the rebound with the goal gaping.

With that miss, Wexford's chance went begging and Raymond Wilkinson, Emmet McGuckin and Charlie Kielt guided Derry home with ease.

Afterwards Brian McIver said, "We knew it was going to be a really tough game. The platform was playing so well against the breeze in the first half. We're delighted to come away from here with two points but our target is always to win our next game."

Wexford: A Masterson, J Wadding, G Molloy, R Tierney, B Malone, L Chin, A Flynn (0-2), D Waters, C Doyle, A Doyle, B Brosnan (0-3, 0-2f), P Byrne, S Roche (0-2f), R Barry (0-1), PJ Banville (0-1). Subs: R Quinn-Livain (33m, 0-1) for Doyle, D Murphy (46) for Chin, K Gore (55) for Brosnan, J Holmes (55) for Doyle, M Furlong (65) for Tierney.

Derry: T Mallon, G O'Kane (0-1), C McKaigue, D McBride, C Kielt (0-2), M Lynch (0-1), SL McGoldrick (0-1), Patsy Bradley (0-1), PJ McCloskey (0-1), B McGoldrick, E Lynn (0-4), J Kielt (0-2, 1f), B Herron, E McGuckin (0-5, 3f), L Kennedy. Subs: R Wilkinson (55, 0-1) for Lynn, D Heavron (55) for J Kielt, K McFaul (61) for Herron, C McWilliams (70) for Lynch, R Bell for McCloskey.