Wexford cruise to Walsh Cup final

Wexford 5-19 Antrim 1-14

Wexford 5-19 Antrim 1-14

Leinster hurling champions Wexford marched on to the Walsh Cup final despite missing quarter-final hat-trick hero Redmond Barry.

Seamus Murphy's side did not need the dual star in the end at Wexford Park, as Oulart-the-Ballagh attacker Dessie Mythen inspired them with two first half goals.

They led 2-03 to 0-02 after just nine minutes with Mythen in rampaging form, and Antrim pointing singles off the sticks of Paddy Richmond and Michael Herron.

The former hit four of the Saffron's seven first-half points as they trailed 3-12 to 0-07 at the interval.

Second half goals followed for the home side through Nigel Higgins and Barry Lambert and it would have been more but from the shot-stopping of Antrim goalkeeper Barry Magee.

He saved brilliantly in the closing stages from Mitch Jordan, after Karl McKeegan's 25-yard free had found the Wexford net for the visitors.

The sides meet again on February 20 in the National League, with Murphy's charges through to meet the winners of tomorrow's Walsh Cup clash of Offaly and Kilkenny.

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