The former manager of the Monaghan senior football team, Seamus McEnaney is already having a positive impact on the fortunes of the Wexford senior football team. Whereas the majority of the media attention has been focused on the appointment of Davey Fitzgerald as the Wexford hurling boss the “Banty” has quietly gone about his business as the new football manager and yesterday they enjoyed a positive start to their Division four Allianz Football League campaign for 2017.
The Model County had to fight to the end at Wexford Park against a Limerick side that went into yesterday’s game on the back of a good run in the McGrath where they went all the way to final of the competition.
Danny Neville punched a goal for the Treaty County goal three minutes from the end to leave just the bare minimum between Wexford and Limerick yesterday. However late points from Tiarnan Rossiter and PJ Banville (free) helped Seamus McEnaney’s men to a 0-14 to 1-8 win.
Wexford will face Leitrim on Sunday next in Carrick-on-Shannon and the Connacht side defeated Wicklow by double scores in Aughrim yesterday in their opening fixture. 1-17 to 0-10 was the full time score from the Garden County.
Ryan O’Rourke registering the only goal of the game after forty seconds to help set up a win for a team that included no fewer than eight players who were playing in the Allianz league for the first time yesterday afternoon..
Elsewhere in the basement division Leinster rivals Westmeath and Carlow finished 2-10 each in a thrilling contest at Mullingar. Paul Broderick’s goal had the underdogs ahead by 1-4 to 1-3 at the break and James Dolan’s late major seemed to have won it for the Lake County only for Shane O’Neill to hand the visiting team a deserved share of the spoils with a late equalising goal.
Waterford enjoyed a double scores victory over London at Ardmore, 2-16 to 1-8 was the full time score with Paul Whyte bagging 1-5 for the eventual victors .