In his view, key decisions contributed to their second one-point defeat. The Déise lost the free count 36 to 17 and he felt particularly aggrieved with a late free given against Conor Prunty after the midfielder produced a clean fetch. McGlinchey reviewed a clip of the incident up in the stand after the game.
“One of the most senior players said inside to me there ‘why is it always a Waterford footballer getting knocks like that’. Ye saw it yourselves lads, I brought ye in to show ye the DVD. They talk about a mark last week at Congress and there we have a young fella at 19 years of age, in his first year playing inter-county football and gave an exhibition of high fielding, who made a clean catch and a free given against him. That was the free that won them the game. Of course, it’s frustrating. You have to wonder about some of these referees.”
McGlinchey criticised Hehir last season for only adding one minute of injury-time in their game against Longford and queried the three minutes signalled by the Galway official this occasion.
“Last year, we had the same situation with matches where we didn’t have enough added time. Last week, we played a match, there was no injury in it, subs made and we had five minutes of extra-time. The week before, there was four minutes of extra-time and today then there was 10 subs brought in and three minutes of injury-time. This is what frustrates players and what frustrates managers. I’m very frustrated for the footballers inside there. Everyone saw they gave every ounce.”
Wexford led 0-10 to 0-4 on 44 minutes with U21 star Donal Shanley responsible for eight. In front of 283 supporters, Waterford free-taker Paul Whyte rose to the challenge with four conversions in a row. On 63 minutes, Anthony Masterson got a glove to his wicked shot and palmed it over the bar. Substitute JJ Hutchinson then levelled at 0-10 apiece with his first touch. In an exciting climax, Michael O’Regan measured a 50-metre free for the visitors and Adrian Flynn added another. Simon Donohue blocked Hutchinson’s goal-bound effort in injury-time. Whyte recorded a ninth point from the subsequent 45 but Wexford clung on for victory, much to the relief of manager David Power.
“Wexford’s away record is absolutely brutal so this is a massive two points for us. I think we should have won it a bit easier, we put a lot of hard work on ourselves.”
P Whyte 0-9 (7fs, 1 45’); S Prendergast, JJ Hutchinson 0-1 each.
D Shanley 0-8 (4fs); B Brosnan, J Tubritt, M O’Regan (1f), A Flynn 0-1 each.
S Enright; T Ó hUallacháin, M O’Gorman, J McGrath; R O Ceallaigh, S Prendergast, B Looby; T Prendergast, C Prunty; G Crotty, D Breathnach, M Curry; J Veale, P Hurney, P Whyte.
M O’Halloran for O Ceallaigh (50); P Crowley for McGrath (58); S Corcoran for Veale (63); JJ Hutchinson for Hurney (63).
A Masterson; R Vallejo, N Rossiter, J Wadding; B Malone, E Nolan, S Donohue; S Byrne, D Waters; K Butler, B Brosnan, T Rossiter; D Shanley, M O’Regan, J Tubritt.
A Flynn for Shanley (56); C Kehoe for Byrne (58); K Rowe for Butler (61), P Curtis for T Rossiter (64); R Tierney for Vallejo (66).
S Hehir (Galway)