Model men won’t dwell on past failures

DAVID MURPHY and his Wexford comrades are entitled to ponder on how this football weekend may have been shaped for them.

In the Leinster quarter-final in mid-June, they bossed the exchanges against Dublin but were hauled back to parity by the final whistle and overtaken in extra-time.

It was a game the Model men could well have won, but instead of being the springboard towards a potential Leinster final tomorrow, instead they are forced down the qualifier route this afternoon, when they travel to Pearse Stadium to face Galway.

“You look at Louth and Meath now, and we’re disappointed that we’re not there ourselves,” says Murphy. “We were aiming for a Leinster title this year as we felt we were good enough and that we were well prepared. Jason and the selectors had us spot on for that game. We were disappointed with a few things in the second half against Dublin, as we didn’t get tight enough in defence. When they get a run on you, they can prove hard to stop.”

Their rehabilitation began a fortnight later when they hopped across the Irish Sea to face London in Ruislip. The Wexford captain admits it was the perfect chance for recovery.

“It was a relatively okay draw,” says Murphy. “We knew that if we went over with the right attitude, we were confident that we’d get back on track.

“We focused on the London game as a great opportunity of getting back on track. The match went well for us and it all means we’ve had four good weeks training under belts since the Dublin game. That defeat is gone out of the system now.”

The identity of their opponents this afternoon did not become clear until last Saturday’s enthralling Connacht semi-final replay ground to a halt.

The replay between Galway and Sligo afforded Wexford the opportunity to assess their opponents’ capabilities, and Murphy watched the game with interest.

“It was a great chance to look at the replay as we were over in London so we didn’t get to see the drawn game.

“It was mad the way the game went, we thought we were playing Sligo at one stage, then Galway, it kept changing right until the final whistle. It gives you a chance to see both teams.

“The challenge is huge though as Galway are at home. We played them last up there in Salthill in 2006 in the league. We’ve good memories from before that in Tuam in 2004 when Matty Forde struck four goals.

“It’s a big task but we’re looking forward to it.”

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