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Waterford Reach 3rd Semi Final In A Row, But Key Player Receives Controversial Straight Red Card

Waterford Reach 3rd Semi Final In A Row, But Key Player Receives Controversial Straight Red Card
By Michael McCarthy Updated

For all the talk of a revolution, it's three of the same four teams we had last year that are left in the All-Ireland Hurling Championship.

Kilkenny may be gone but with Galway waltzing through Leinster, and Tipperary and now Waterord emerging from the qualifiers, it's worth asking if all that much has changed at all.

Today, Waterford always looked a little bit too strong for Davy Fitzgerald's Wexford team. A Kevin Moran goal in the last minute of the first half was a killer blow and after that, Wexford were always chasing.

One serious worry for Waterford was the late sending off of sweeper Tadhg de Búrca, who was again dominant today, meaning he will miss the semi final against either Galway or Cork.

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The performance of Michael "Brick" Walsh in the first half garnered most of the early reaction. Brick rolled back the years to put in a huge performance that was the difference between the team in the first period.

Tadhg de Búrca's red card will have a massive impact on Waterford's season going forward, though there was a lot of dispute as to whether of not the his touching of a faceguard was worthy of a red card.

From Wexford's point of view, their season faded after their first win over Kilkenny since 2004. While not disgracing themselves in either the Leinster Final or today, they never built on that win and still have a distance to travel in Davy Fitzgerald's second season.

Most of all, we'll miss Davy Fitz in his box.

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