Wexford 2-21 Antrim 1-12
Wexford ran out comfortable 2-21 to 1-12 winners over Antrim in this Allianz Hurling League Division 1B clash at Wexford Park.
A splendid goal from midfielder David Redmond on the half hour and another well-taken strike within 10 seconds of the restart from Rory Jacob, who scored 1-6, clinched the points for Wexford.
Redmond’s effort had cancelled out an earlier Shay Casey goal for Antrim and Wexford never looked like surrendering their half time lead of four points.
Antrim led in the early stages thanks to an opportunistic goal from Casey in the seventh minute. The corner forward blocked down Wexford goalkeeper Mark Fanning's attempted clearance and tapped the sliotar into the empty net.
The Antrim attack started in lively fashion and full-forward Neil McManus was causing problems. Only a brilliant interception from Wexford’s Richie Kehoe prevented a McManus pass from reaching a colleague in an excellent goal-scoring position, a few minutes before Casey had breached the Wexford defence...
A couple of neat points from the in-form Paul Morris levelled affairs by the 20th minute, but Wexford struck a major blow just when Redmond picked up a long puck-out from Fanning and struck a powerful shot to the back of the Antrim net.
Redmond's impressive strike helped the Model men take a half-time lead of 1-13 to 1-9.
Any hopes of an Antrim revival were shattered in the opening moments of the second period. Rampant full-forward Rory Jacob picked up the ball around 30 metres out, soloed inside the Antrim defence and delivered another unstoppable effort to the Saffrons' net.
What had been quite an even contest in the first half turned decidedly in favour of the home side and Antrim could only muster one point from play in the entire second half from Darren Hamill.
To underline their ascendancy, Wexford closed out the game with five superb points from play, with substitutes Gary Moore and Eanna Martin getting in on the act.
Antrim battled on gamely with wing back Simon McCrory and midfielder Mathew Donnelly both prominent, but as a unit Antrim were no match for Wexford with the individual plaudits going to goal scorer Jacob for his personal tally of 1-6 and to defenders James Tonks and dual star Lee Chin.
WEXFORD: Mark Fanning; Bobby Kenny, Andrew Shore, Eoin Doyle; James Tonks, Richie Kehoe, Lee Chin; David Redmond (1-2), Harry Kehoe (0-1); Ciaran O’Shaughnessy, Garrett Sinnott (0-3), Eoin Quigley (0-2); Paul Morris (0-5, 0-1 '65', 0-1f), Rory Jacob (1-6), Podge Doran.
Subs used: PJ Nolan for O’Shaughnessy, Gary Moore (0-1) for Doran, Stephen Murphy for Nolan, Éanna Martin (0-1) for Doyle, Shaun Murphy for Redmond.
ANTRIM: Ryan McGarry; Aaron Graffin, Conor Carson, Mark McFadden; Simon McCrory (0-1), Neal McCauley, Conor McKinley; Matthew Donnelly, Conor Laverty (0-1); Colm McPhall, Stephen Beatty, Paul Shiels (0-1); Shay Casey (1-1), Neil McManus (0-6, 0-5f), Shane McNaughton (0-1).
Subs used: Darren Hamill (0-1) for McPhall, Tony McCloskey for Laverty, Jackson McGreevey for Carson, Dessie McClean for Casey, Benny McCarry for Donnelly.
Referee: Anthony Stapleton (Laois)