Wexford can be a match for the best, says Roe

Wexford 3-14 Cork 0-9

"It's a long way to come for a challenge game but having won so comprehensively and playing well made the journey worthwhile," he said.

"The key to our success today was our work ethic. I'm a firm believer if you work hard at anything you reap the rewards. Today we worked extremely hard and while Cork were short a few regulars, we got out of the game what we put in."

Mattie Forde was magnificent at left corner forward, kicking 10 points and giving Paul Deane a torrid time.

There were few positives from a Cork perspective though the game marked the return of Brendan Ger O'Sullivan to inter-county football after an absence of almost eight months. While he showed a couple of nice touches, he is well off match fitness.

Cork after leading with two early Ciaran O'Sullivan points, were forced to play second fiddle to the visitors.

With Forde sparkling in attack, they led 1-9 to 0-6 at half-time, with Darren Browne's goal-bound effort deflected to the net by a defender.

Colin Corkery introduced at the break, completed the Cork scoring sequence after the break with three fine points as the Rebel attack were well-marshalled by Philip Wallace, David Murphy and Leigh O'Brien.

At centre field Nicky Lambert and Paddy Colfer outplayed Nicholas Murphy and Dermot Hurley which in turn ensured a plentiful supply of ball into their forwards. Forde, John Hudson and Darren Browne utilised that possession to the maximum with the latter kicking Wexford's second goal in the 50th minute and sealing the win.

Both sides made a number of substitutions for the last 20 minutes but it was Wexford who continued to hold the upper hand which was confirmed by their third goal from Darren Foran and a brace of excellent points by John Hegarty. Roe said: "The one problem we've had all season is our lack of consistency. We had some excellent results in the league but lost games that we should have won. If we can get that right, we'll be a match for the best."

Scorers: Wexford: M. Forde 0-10 (0-5 frees, 0-1 45); D. Browne 2-0; D. Foran 1-0; J. Hegarty 0-2 (0-1 free); D. Fogarty, H. Carley 0-1. Cork: C. O'Sullivan (0-2 frees), C. Corkery (0-1 free) 0-3 each; J. O'Shea 0-2; N. Murphy 0-1.

WEXFORD: J. Cooper; C. Morris; P. Wallace, N. Murphy; D. Breen, D. Murphy, L. O'Brien; N. Lambert, P. Colfer; D. Fogarty, J. Hudson, P. Forde; J. Hegarty, D. Browne, M. Forde. Subs. G. Sutherland for N. Murphy; G. O'Brady for P. Forde; A. Matherson for J. Cooper; H. Carley for P. Colfer; D. Foran for M. Forde.

CORK: K. O'Dwyer; P. Deane, D. Kavanagh, N. O'Donovan; BJ O'Sullivan, G. Murphy, D. Wiseman; D. Hurley, N. Murphy; A. Cronin, C. O'Sullivan, M. McCarthy; J. O'Connell, C. Crowley, J. O'Shea. Subs. C. Brosnan for O'Shea; K. Murphy for O'Dwyer; P. Nealon for Kavanagh; D. Cunningham for G. Murphy; C. Corkery for Cronin; J. O'Donoghue for McCarthy; C. O'Connor for N. Murphy

Referee: N. Barrett (Carrigtwohill).

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