Wexford edged out Kilkenny to claim Walsh Cup honours on Saturday afternoon in Nowlan Park after a dramatic free-taking competition was the deciding factor.
Nothing could separate the two teams after full-time and two additional ten-minute extra-time intervals, resulting in the historic free-taking competition which saw players from both sides strike at goal from 65-metres out.
Neither side were at full strength and will take plenty away from today’s encounter to work on for the more competitive nature of National League and championship in the coming months.
However, today marks Wexford’s third consecutive win in a competitive fixture over Kilkenny after last season’s league and Leinster championship victories, a feat the people of the Model County certainly won’t be shy in playing up to until the counties next meet.
In the game itself at the Kilkenny city venue there was no shortage of drama.
After a slow start by Davy Fitz’ charges in the first-half, the introduction of Lee Chin really lifted his side and the travelling support. His direct running and long-range striking posed difficulties for the Cats.
In saying this, Kilkenny were still five points to the good with just five minutes remaining in normal time and looked to be coasting. By the end of the 70 minutes, however, the teams were level on 1-24 apiece.
Perhaps the biggest talking point of the afternoon was the incident which saw Brian Cody sent to the stand. The Kilkenny boss encroached the field to dispute with officials after an unsavoury, ill-tempered brawl broke out which involved masses of players from both sides.
Check out the incident for yourself in the clip below:
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