Wexford ease past Down in Division 2 clash

Wexford 2-23 Down 1-12

Wexford had little difficulty in making it two wins out of two in Allianz NHL Division 2 as Down were comprehensively beaten at Wexford Park.

Diarmuid 'Gizzy' Lyng led the scoring as Colm Bonnar's side pulled clear before half-time and with Down losing Conor Woods to a straight red card, six minutes after the break.

The Ballycran clubman received his marching orders for striking, with Wexford 1-16 to 1-6 ahead at that stage.

There was no way back for the Mournemen as influential corner forward Jim Berry notched a 50th minute goal for the hosts.

Wexford pressed on with free-taker Lyng taking his tally to 0-12, and goal scorers Tomas Waters (1-2) and Berry (1-3) also scoring well.

Down got off to a nightmare start when they leaked a first minute goal, Malachy Travers' high ball in being flicked home by full-forward Waters.

But Paul Keith and John McCusker popped over points and Down were back level at 1-4 apiece by the quarter-hour mark.

They won a penalty when Andy Savage was taken down and Gareth 'Magic' Johnson stepped up to drill the placed ball to the Wexford net.

A subsequent pointed free from Simon Wilson squared things up but in dry, cold conditions, Bonnar's men dominated the remaining 20 minutes of the first half.

They outscored Down by nine points to one during that period, Berry cracking over two superb scores.

Down's cause was not helped by Johnson had a penalty effort saved by goalkeeper Dermot Flynn, on the stroke of half-time, and the visitors never looked like overhauling a 1-14 to 1-5 interval deficit.

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