GAA: Wexford manager Liam Dunne not dwelling on qualifier win over Clare
Last Updated: 17/07/14 12:34pm
Wexford manager Liam Dunne
Liam Dunne says Wexford aren’t getting carried away by last weekend’s qualifier replay win over Clare.
The Model County eliminated the defending All-Ireland champions after another extra-time thriller, running out 2-25 to 2-22 winners.
Dunne’s side are out again on Saturday against Waterford, which is live on Sky Sports, and if they win that they will be playing again on Sunday week in an All-Ireland quarter-final against Limerick.
“They’ll come down very quick, to be honest,” said Dunne. “The man who doesn’t come down will be in trouble.”
"It’s all about the players. They’re the ones sacrificing their lives for this. We’re just facilitating them as best we can."
So near and still yet so far, as Dunne knows, reflecting on Saturday’s heroic win at Wexford Park. Indeed Wexford are now reaping the sort of whirlwind scheduling of games that ultimately took Clare to their All-Ireland title last September.
They will meet a Waterford team who are nicely rested up since their first round qualifier win over Laois nearly three weeks ago. Waterford will also feel Wexford have done them a nice favour by taking Clare out of the equation.
Wexford’s demanding run won’t have gone unnoticed either, especially with the Leinster U21 final against Dublin sandwiched in between the Clare draw and replay.
“It was only the first round of the qualifiers,” Dunne told Wexford GAA TV. “It’s step by step, inch by inch. Not many Wexford players get the chance to hurl against the All-Ireland champions twice in the one week.
“We are creating a lot of chances, not putting them all away, and that’s something we need to improve on. But it’s all part of the development of this team. Players get confidence from winning, and these players will gain from this.”
Dunne does benefit from a relatively robust panel, and his own tactical boldness of being able to switch players, according to their performance.
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Paul Morris, for example, was taken off in normal time against Clare last Saturday after his free-taking had gone on the blink, but then returned in extra-time to hit three crucial points from play.
Likewise Jack Guiney didn’t start in either the draw of replay, but came on against Clare to hit an equally crucial 0-10, including two from play.
“There was no secret,” said Dunne. “We kept to the same process. It’s all about the players. They’re the ones sacrificing their lives for this. We’re just facilitating them as best we can.
“You’re looking for character, for commitment, for dedication, and they have it in abundance.”
Watch Waterford v Wexford live on Sky Sports 3 on Saturday from 7pm