Wexford 5-19 Antrim 0-21
Wexford went goal crazy as they secured a home Leinster championship semi-final against champions Dublin.
Liam Dunne’s charges flew out of the traps in impressive fashion, scoring two goals by the fourth minute and adding a third in the 12th.
Antrim steadied the ship well and were just eight points down at half time, despite that dreadful start and playing into a very strong wind.
They began that second half well too but were always susceptible under the high ball and conceded two more goals to end any hope of a famous day in their history.
To rub salt into their wounds, Eoghan Campbell was sent off for a straight red card on the hour, following a dangerous tackle on Keith Rossiter and they tired visibly in the last 10 minutes, playing their fifth game in six weeks.
In contrast, it was Wexford’s first tie of the campaign and their manager clearly had them extremely pumped up.
Rory Jacob registered opening two goals. The first came as he raced onto a long ball by Rossiter and gave Chris O’Connell no chance for the game’s opening score.
The second came two minutes later as O’Connell made a brilliant save from Liam Óg McGovern but Jacob was on hand to sweep home from close range.
Conor McDonald smashed another rebound beyond O’Connell in the 12th minute but with Neil McManus and Conor McCann doing well from play and Paul Shiels converting four frees, Antrim remained in touch, trailing by 3-9 to 0-10 at the interval.
McDonald and McGovern added to Wexford’s goal tally in the second half, while Antrim were reduced to 14 when Eoghan Campbell was dismissed for a wild pull on Rossiter.
McManus and McCann kept the scoreboard ticking over for the Saffrons, while substitute Darren Hamill contributed four points from play in 18 minutes of action but Wexford were always in control as they booked their semi-final berth against champions, Dublin.
SCORERS FOR WEXFORD: C McDonald, R Jacob 2-2 each; P Morris 0-6(5fs); P Doran 0-3; L Óg McGovern 1-0; I Byrne 0-2; J Guiney, L Ryan, L Chin (f), G Sinnott 0-1 each
SCORERS FOR ANTRIM: P Shiels 0-6(fs); N McManus 0-5; C McCann, D Hamill 0-4 each; Conor Johnson, PJ O’Connell 0-1 each
WEXFORD: M Fanning, L Ryan, M O’Hanlon, K Rossiter, L Chin, A Shore, C Kenny, D O’Keeffe, H Kehoe, P Morris, P Doran, J Guiney, R Jacob, C McDonald, L Óg McGovern. Subs: D Redmond for Kenny (ht), R Kehoe for Chin (59), PJ Nolan for O’Keeffe (59), I Byrne for Guiney (61), G Sinnott for Nolan blood (63-64), Sinnott for Doran (66)
ANTRIM: C O’Connell, A Graffin, C McKinley, Ciaran Johnson, O McFadden, N McAuley, E Campbell, P Shiels, M Bradley, C Carson, N McManus, C McCann, C Clarke, Conor Johnson, PJ O’Connell. Subs: B McFall for Conor Johnson (41), M Donnelly for Clarke (46), D Hamill for McFadden (52), S McAfee for Carson (58)
REFEREE: A Kelly (Galway)