Waterford defeated Davy Fitzgerald’s Wexford today in the second All Ireland Hurling Quarter-Final to be held at the new redeveloped Pairc Uí Caoimh to secure their passage into this year’s All Ireland Senior Hurling Semi-Finals.
The final score read 1-19 to 1-23 in the Deise’s favour and they will join Cork, Galway and Tipperary in tomorrow’s draw. The game it has to be said wasn’t easy on the eye at times with both sides deploying the much-maligned sweeper system which has hurling traditionalists pulling their hair out.
The RTÉ panel criticised both managers for implementing such a style of play and Wexford manager, Davy Fitzgerald launched an attack on Henry Shefflin and Michael Duignan (who weren’t working on the Sunday Game today) in particular in the post-match press conference.
Sweepers should be outlawed! Not the game I love. Coach players to tackle & to use their heads instead of using extra backs to compensate!
— Michael Duignan (@DuignanMichael) July 23, 2017
Who is marking who in this game ? One would hate to be playing in the full forward line – or be a forward full stop 😱#WatvWex
— Henry Shefflin (@ShefflinHenry) July 23, 2017
“Let me say this straight out, Michael Duignan and Henry [Shefflin] have had a go. Let me say this straight out, Michael Duignan and Henry have never managed a team at a high level. The people need to wake up so they do. If they want the same one or two teams to play hurling and be successful that’s fine. Myself and Derek [McGrath] are trying to bring teams to the fore that haven’t been to the fore in a long time. I’m very strong about this. It’s great for the likes of Michael Duignan, he should have had an opinion on something recently and he didn’t have it when he should have stood up. It’s time now, Michael Duignan stops this messing,” Fitzgerald said.
“The job Derek McGrath has done and the stick he has taken is totally unwarranted. What he has done for Waterford and bringing them back to the top is incredible and I am backing him 110%. You tell me that was a bad game of hurling? Some of the scores…short and long ball, every sort of ball? Or do we just play the long ball and hit it and that’s it? I don’t agree with that and I think they are totally out of order. I think RTÉ should go and have a look at themselves and get analysts who have been on the sideline and know what the story is about and that’s how I feel strongly about it.
“It’s easy to knock people, I’d like to see their track records when it comes to managing because it’s a lot different from playing I can promise you that.”
Passionate from Davy Fitzgerald as always.