Wexford manager Darragh Egan was full of praise for his players after the Model County overcame Kilkenny to clinch a spot in All-Ireland preliminary quarter-final.
The 1-22 to 1-18 victory was Wexford’s first ever in the Championship over Kilkenny at Nowlan Park and meant that Egan’s men finished third in the Leinster round robin.
The win was Wexford’s second out of five games in the Championship and saw them bounce back from a defeat to Westmeath last weekend.
🟣🟡Wexford beat Kilkenny!
Highlights as the Model County delivered their first ever championship win over the Cats at Nowlan Park! pic.twitter.com/pP7sKYozOz
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Darragh Egan: “We’ve been training well.”
“These are all passionate Wexford men,” the Tipperary native told Sky Sports after the game. “They were a bit hurt coming out of Mullingar last Saturday evening. This was always going to be a standalone fixture, we were always going to have to come to Nowlan Park and get something.
“So the boys were well-tuned-in for that. We’ve been training really well for the last three or four weeks, we’re just not converting on the scoreboard. Today, I suppose a few lads off the bench got some vital scores, which just kept us at four points ahead.
“We played well. Every man stood up and was counted. These lads always do. They’ve had their knockers over the last few days but they’re real passionate Wexford men and every time they take the field they go at it as hard as they possibly can and today was no different.
🟣🟡"These are all passionate Wexford men. They were hurt after coming out of Mullingar last Saturday…"@OfficialWexGAA manager Darragh Egan reflects on his team's win over Kilkenny! pic.twitter.com/6pSxt5e1MQ
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The win saw Wexford overtake Dublin on points difference after Mattie Kenny’s men lost 0-27 0-21 to Galway.
Despite their loss, Kilkenny pipped Wexford to second place to secure a Leinster final with Galway, which will take place on Saturday June 4th.
Wexford will play Antrim or Kerry in their preliminary quarter-final on the weekend of June 11th/12th.