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Tyrrell Hammers 'Shambolic' Wexford After Destruction By Clare

Tyrrell Hammers 'Shambolic' Wexford After Destruction By Clare
By PJ Browne Updated
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Jackie Tyrrell believes Wexford manager Darragh Egan will be "seething" due to his side's capitulation against Clare on Sunday. The Banner scored 6-25 as they won the Allianz Hurling League Division 1 clash by 22 points.

"Under Darragh Egan, one thing Wexford have is they've been hard to beat, and consistent," Kilkenny great Tyrrell told League Sunday.

"This was, without doubt, their worst performance under Darragh Egan. It was probably shambolic at times, particularly at the back. "[There were] four different incidents I saw where Wexford had the ball in their hands coming out of defence and coughed it up.

"You could say that fair enough Matthew O'Hanlon isn't there, Liam Ryan, Mark Fanning, Lee Chin, Rory O'Connor - which is the spine of their team - but you can't stand over not making an effort, lack of intensity, no aggression in the tackle, passive, going through the motions. Darragh Egan will be seething over this performance.

"It is an attitude thing. Their distribution was disjointed. Clare were at their ease, able to work the ball out with no real pressure, no physicality. Clare got six goals, it could have been seven or eight. It was really that bad."

'Worrying' Wexford performance

Galway legend Joe Canning thought it was a "worrying" performance by Wexford.

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"In fairness, they are missing a lot of their bigger players, their leaders for the last number of years," said Canning.

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"But, having said that, last year they won their first five games in the league. [This year] they've lost to Galway, pretty badly in the second half already, beat Westmeath, but today was just... I don't know, it's a little bit worrying.

"I know it's the league, and it's early days, but if you were Darragh Egan, you'd be doing fair head scratching because the guys that got their chances, didn't really step up and take them."

26 February 2023; Tony Kelly of Clare signs autographs for supporters after the Allianz Hurling League Division 1 Group A match between Wexford and Clare at Chadwicks Wexford Park in Wexford. Photo by Ray McManus/Sportsfile

Tyrrell added that Clare manager Brian Lohan won't have learned much from the game.

"You see by the team [Brian Lohan] picked, he had 12 of his starters, you could say - John Conlon was back at six, Tony Kelly was back, Aidan McCarthy carried on his great form," said Tyrrell.

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"They were up against nothing today. He'll just have parked that and moved on. It'll be two points, a bit of confidence got out of it, but they got no test. He'll be as happy as you can be considering the scoreline."

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