Date Time Competition Season
24 April 2022 3:00 pm Leinster SFC 2022

Match Report

Leinster SFC: Wexford hold out against Offaly for win

Ben Brosnan was the star of the show as Wexford beat Offaly 1-15 to 1-12 to progress to the quarter-final of the Leinster Senior Football Championship.

Despite a late flurry from Offaly, The Yellowbellies held on being helped massively by Brosnan scoring 1-9 in the game.

Brosnan got Shane Roche’s side off to a great start scoring their first two points of the game as the two teams traded scores in the opening five minutes. 

Offaly managed to give themselves a two point cushion thanks to quick scores from Mark Abbot and Johnny Moloney to make it 0-4 to 0-2. 

However, Wexford would stay within a point of The Faithful thanks to scores from Eoghan Nolan and Glen Malone coming either side of a Bernard Allen free. 

A late first-half point from Brosnan levelled the score at 0-5 to 0-5, but Bill Carroll would put the visitors ahead by one with the final kick of the half. 

Wexford stayed hot on the heels of Offaly with the score at 0-7 to 0-6 to the visitors approaching the 40 minute mark. 

However, it seemed as though they were starting to pull away when Johnny Moloney stormed through the Wexford defence before laying the ball off to Lee Pearson who smashed the ball past Darragh Brooks making it 1-7 to 0-6. 

Martin O’Connor made it a two point game soon after and it was Brosnan who then led the Wexford comeback. 

A lack of discipline from the visitors allowed him to score two quick free-kicks, before forcing a turnover to put Wexford a point ahead. 

After converting another free, Brosnan would find the top corner of the goal to make it 1-12 to 1-7 with 15 minutes to go. 

Brosnan would get his final score on the hour to give the hosts a six point lead. 

The Offaly onslaught would ensue as Dylan Hyland, Paddy Dunican, Bill Carroll and Niall Darby all put points on the board. 

However, it would not be enough as late points from Darragh Brooks and Tom Byrne put the game beyond doubt. 

Wexford will now face Dublin next Saturday at home in the quarter-final. 


1Paddy Dunican Goalkeeper 3', 38', 63'
2Declan Hogan Defender
3James Lalor Defender
4Kieran Dolan Defender 45'
5Colm Doyle 26 6'
6David Dempsey Defender
7Niall Darby Defender 66'
8Jordan Hayes Forward
9Johnny Moloney Defender 12'
10Dylan Hyland Forward 60'
11Bill Carroll Forward 35'
12Mark Abbott 21 11'
13Bernard Allen 22 Forward 20'
14Anton Sullivan Forward
15Cathal Flynn 18 27'
16Ian Duffy Goalkeeper
17Cian Donohoe Defender
18Joseph O’Connor 15 Defender 70'
19Rory Egan Defender
20Jack McEvoy Midfielder
21Conor McNamee 12 Forward
22Carl Stewart 13
23Diarmuid Egan
24John Furlong Defender
25Keith O’Neill Forward
26Lee Pearson 5 Defender 39'


1Darragh Brooks Goalkeeper 70'
2Liam O’Connor Defender
3Eoin Porter Defender
4Martin O’Connor Defender 44'
5Paidi Hughes Defender
6Glen Malone Defender 28'
7Dylan Furlong Defender
8Niall Hughes Midfielder
9Liam Coleman Midfielder
10Alan Tobin Forward
11Donal Shanley 22 Forward
12Kevin O’Grady Forward 36'
13Mark Rossiter 26 Forward
14Eoghan Nolan 23 Forward 17'
15Ben Brosnan Forward 54'
2', 5', 33', 40', 45', 47', 51', 54', 59'
16Matt Doyle
17Conor Carthy Defender
18Naomhan Rossiter Goalkeeper
19Robbie Barron
20Darragh Lyons Midfielder
21Michael Furlong
22Dean O’Toole 11 Forward
23Robbie Brooks 14
24Sean Ryan
25John Tubritt
26Tom Byrne 13 Forward 70'
  • 70'

    Tom Byrne makes it a four point game

  • 70'

    Darragh Brooks scores a huge free for the hosts

  • 66'

    Niall Darby scores

  • 64'

    Bill Carroll scores for Offaly

  • 63'

    Paddy Dunican with another free

  • 60'

    Dylan Hyland scores a free

  • 59'

    Paidi Hughes scores

  • 54'

    Brosnan scores for Wexford!

  • 54'

    Brosnan with another free

  • 51'

    Wexford force a turnover and it's Brosnan who scores

  • 50'

    Niall Darby's attempt at a point hits the post

  • 47'

    Brosnan scores another free, Offaly's lack of discipline letting them down

  • 45'

    Brosnan scores a free to put Wexford within one point of Offaly

  • 44'

    Martin O'Connor scores for Wexford

  • 39'

    GOAL! It's the visitors. Moloney with a great run before giving it to Lee Pearson who scores

  • 38'

    Paddy Dunican scores another free for Offaly

  • 36'

    Kevin O'Grady levels the score from a free

  • 35'

    Second-half begins

  • 35'

    HT: Offaly lead 0-6 to 0-5

  • 35'

    Bill Carroll puts Offaly back in front

  • 33'

    Ben Brosnan levels the score

  • 28'

    Glen Malone makes it a one point game

  • 27'

    Cathal Flynn is booked

  • 23'

    A sixth wide from Offaly, they have struggled to build up their lead

  • 20'

    Bernard Allen scores from a free

  • 20'

    Declan Hogan with a great block to prevent a Wexford goal

  • 17'

    Eoghan Nolan makes it a one point game

  • 13'

    Moloney doubles Offaly's lead from a free

  • 11'

    Mark Abbott scores from distance

  • 8'

    Johnny Moloney kicks the first wide of the game

  • 6'

    Colm Doyle levels the score

  • 5'

    Brosnan sticks a free over the bar

  • 3'

    Paddy Dunican scores a free

  • 2'

    Ben Brosnan opens the scoring

  • 1'

    And we are underway

  • Throw-in is just 15 minutes away

  • Team news for both sides is in

  • My name is Seán Crosbie and I will be keeping you up to date on all the action in today's clash

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