Meyler wants positive outlook for Wexford

Another championship over and no trophies for the Wexford hurlers, yet team manager John Meyler remains hopeful that success could be just around the corner if they continue on their current path.

Another championship over and no trophies for the Wexford hurlers, yet team manager John Meyler remains hopeful that success could be just around the corner if they continue on their current path.

The Model men, led superbly by play-making captain Rory Jacob, bulged the Waterford net three times in yesterday's All-Ireland quarter-final before the Deise pulled through on a 2-19 to 3-15 score-line.

Meyler called it 'a very bold and positive display by the players' and insisted that there are 'so many good things' Wexford can take from the game into next season.

The Cork-based boss, who took over from Seamus Murphy in October 2006, wants the county's supporters to look on the bright side in spite of their side's championship exit.

"The amount of doom and gloom sometimes in Wexford is unreal. You go down and it's 'F*** it, 'tis going to rain' sort of thing.

"You know what I mean. 'The sun is not shining.' You've got to change that whole culture.

"The culture in Cork is: 'It's always a fine day.' Look, I always look at the positives.

"We went into a four or five point lead 10 minutes into the second half.

"And that's where you need the Kilkenny composure. To sit down, hold onto the lead. Slug it out but don't concede.

"That's when you really know that fellas have played at the highest level. When you've played minor, Under-21, Fitzgibbon Cup.

"Guys then know what to do. And I think the last seven or eight years of playing Cork here (in Thurles) in big Munster games stood to Waterford."

Yesterday's tie took many twists and turns. Eoin Kelly's goal from a free in first half injury-time had Waterford 1-10 to 1-06 ahead at half-time.

The Munster side, despite conceding further goals to Willie Doran and Stephen Doyle, steadied themselves with a major from Dan Shanahan.

However, Wexford perhaps should have had a fourth goal. Seven minutes from the finish, they were awarded a penalty for a foul by Kevin Moran on Eoin Quigley.

Up stepped long-standing goalkeeper Damien Fitzhenry to take it but his powerful shot flew over Clinton Hennessy's crossbar and afterwards Meyler talked about how crucial a moment that was.

"If we had got a goal then, I think we would finally have gone on to claim the victory.

But, alas, it was not to be. (John) Mullane and (Eoin) Kelly chipped in with super points and, while we were still just one point adrift at the end, we were still left to reflect on what might have been."

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