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'It'd Be Nice To Have A Few Souls In Here, My Daughter Couldn't Come To The Match'

'It'd Be Nice To Have A Few Souls In Here, My Daughter Couldn't Come To The Match'

St Martin's got their Wexford Senior Hurling Championship defence off to a winning start on Friday night.

In front of a sparsely populated Chadwick's Wexford Park, they defeated Oulart the Ballagh by nine points.

Due to the government delaying phase four of the Covid-19 roadmap, only 200 people are currently allowed to attend games.

"Easily and another 500 with it," St Martin's manager John Meyler told TG4 when asked if the 500 match goers which GAA president John Horan called to be allowed could have attended the game.

"My daughter couldn't come to the match, so she'll probably fall out with me.

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"I realise and fully understand the Covid regulations with the government that there's no crowd but it would be nice to have a few souls in here.

"You can even see lads warming down, there's no shower. They just get into their car and go home."

The game was the first live GAA action on TG4 in more than four months. Viewers were treated to a high-scoring affair featuring eight goals but it was a match a little bit too open for Meyler's liking.

"The first 10 minutes we were very jumpy and jittery and really didn't get into the game," said Meyler, who was announced as St Martin's manager in December.

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"Oulart got a really good start, going 1-3 ahead. Once we calmed down and settled down in the backs, we played some really good hurling. Once we got to half-time and were level, there was only really one outcome then.

"It's difficult coming into the matches, you play a couple of challenge games and think you're going well but you don't know how good you are until it comes to real championship.

"It's great just to get back hurling. That's the important thing. Going forward, there are lessons to be learned from this."

Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

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