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Remarkable Solo Goal The Difference As Ferns Win First Ever Wexford Title

Remarkable Solo Goal The Difference As Ferns Win First Ever Wexford Title
By Gary Connaughton Updated

Ferns St Aidan's have been crowned as Wexford senior hurling champions, overcoming St Martin's on a scoreline of 1-20 to 0-22 in a thrilling contest this afternoon.

It was a back and forth game, with both sides leading at various stages. However, a remarkable solo goal Patrick Breen would ultimately prove to be the difference between the two teams.

It is the club's first ever triumph in the senior championship, having been beaten in the final on two previous occasions.

Ferns win first ever Wexford senior hurling title

The game got off to a fast start, with Joe Coleman of St Martin's scoring an excellent point inside the first minute of the contest.

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The two sides would remain within touching distance throughout the game, with this point from Luke Kavanagh drawing St Martin's level once again late in the first half.

The key moment in the game would come just before the interval.

Patrick Breen provided it, embarking on an excellent solo run before kicking the sliothar into the net from close range. It was quite the effort.

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The two sides continued to tit-for-tat throughout the second half, with Ferns eventually taking the lead just before injury time.

Chris O'Connor managed to turn the ball over the bar in the 59th minute, with the club going on to hold onto that lead for the remainder of the game.

Ferns have been in the senior ranks since 2008, having been crowned intermediate champions the previous year.

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This was only the third time they had reached the senior decider, coming up short against Oulart-the-Ballagh 2013 on their most recent appearance. However, they were not to be denied this afternoon.

Speaking to TG4 after the game, Paul Morris summed up what this would mean to everyone at the club.

It's unbelievable, it's the best feeling in the world. It's a 'pinch me' moment to be honest.

Our club had never won a senior title. This is our third final, the last one we lost was in 2013.

I said during the week that I thought then we would be in another few. It took until 2022 to get back to one.

We're sure there will be plenty of celebrations in the days ahead.

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