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Lee Chin Hails Impact Of Wexford's Teenage Sensation

Lee Chin Hails Impact Of Wexford's Teenage Sensation
By PJ Browne
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The binoculars should have been out for Wexford as they looked for Dublin at Wexford Park last Sunday but five points up with under 20 minutes to play, the home side allowed the Dubs to claw back the deficit.

Paul Ryan's 61st minute goal meant Dublin trailed by just a point - they were very much in Wexford's sight line. Dublin then edged ahead through scores from Liam Rushe and Danny Sutcliffe.

"It's one thing that we probably need to improve on, just being cynical and clinical at the end of the game," Centra Hurling ambassador Lee Chin told Balls.

Despite their advantage being conceded, Wexford did not panic.

"When that goal went in, the only thing that I wanted to do was get on the ball, I wanted to get the ball," said Wexford joint-captain Chin.

"I could say that for a lot of the lads around the field and to me that's a good sign of players, that they're showing for the ball for the puck out; they're looking for the ball in a certain way, just to have control of it - take it on themselves, take leadership."

The scores level at 0-20 to 2-14, Wexford 19-year-old Rory O'Connor showed a calmness beyond his years to take grip, firing over an incredible score from his own half-back line to put his side ahead by the minimum.


"He's been showing those great signs of bottle when it comes to the big moment," said Chin of his young teammate.

"He produced that moment of brilliance there for us at the weekend.


"He's a confident player. He comes from the St. Martin's Club. They're the county champions and he's been performing for them throughout last year to win championships.


"He's been a huge addition for us coming in over the last year or two."

The space that O'Connor - who scored 12 points in all - was afforded to take on that opportunity was created by vision and thoughtfulness from the Wexford defence.

Even looking at the pass that was made from our backs from Sean Murphy, picking up the ball from a break and playing it into the middle of the field - in the past we would have won that ball and belted it back down the field as far as we could - it's just a good sign of composure from our backs that they were able to give that nice ball in the middle of the field.

Rory had all the time then to steady himself and put it over the bar.

Regarding his own performance, Chin doesn't go easy of himself. He was satisfied with his work rate but less so when it came to being in possession of the ball.

"I think for myself, I wasn't involved in the play an awful lot. I got on two balls, took two shots at the post and luckily the two of them went over.


"I'd nearly say it about all of our forward unit, we weren't all involved in the game. Defensively we were fantastic, as a forward unit, we could all improve.

"Even for myself, I wouldn't be particularly happy with the impact I had on the game. When games go like that for you, you've got a grind it out and get to work winning dirty ball, getting it and offloading.

"At the weekend, I wouldn't be happy with the impact I had on the game but in terms of the work rate, I was happy enough."


Centra, proud sponsor of the GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship for the last eight years, today released their #WeAreHurling survey results, which showcase the importance of our national sport and the role it plays in communities across the country.

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