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“This will be the end of Darragh Egan and Wexford”

Shane and Michael discuss Westmeath’s historic 17-point turn around against Wexford in the Leinster hurling championship

Shane and Michael discuss Westmeath’s historic 17-point turn around against Wexford in the Leinster SHC.

Wexford are out of the Leinster and All-Ireland reckoning after “falling off a cliff” against Westmeath.

Joe Fortune’s men were 17 points down at one stage but performed heroically to give the Lake County their first championship win over the Models since 1940.

Should Antrim beat Westmeath next weekend and Wexford lose against Kilkenny, Darragh Egan’s troops will slide down to the Joe McDonagh Cup for 2024.

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“We lost the second half by 18 points and that’s not good enough,” said Egan after the game.

“You can’t dress it up any other way than it was simply not good enough and we got punished for it.

“The players have to have a look at themselves as well. They didn’t come out in the second half.

“They didn’t show any fight, any ambition and we got punished for it.

“The confidence is low, we’re just not performing and it’s something we need to fix quickly.

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“These things happen when you’re falling off a cliff and that seems to be what’s happening at the moment.

“We’re fighting for our lives, that’s it. There’s a huge game coming but we need to look within ourselves and see can we find anything and go after Kilkenny next Sunday.

“When the wheels started to fall off the wagon, they came off it fairly hard. But we have one more chance next Sunday to rectify our bad play this year. If we don’t, we understand the implications.”

Jackie Tyrrell labelled Wexford “spineless” and “spiralling out of control” after the second-half capitulation.

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“It’s spiralling out of control,” Tyrrell said on The Sunday Game. “When you think they played Clare in an All-Ireland quarter-final last year and how close they were…

“[Liam Sheedy and Tipperary] stopped them from getting to an All-Ireland final in 2019, and now they’re facing down the barrel of potentially going down to the Joe McDonagh. It’s actually scary.”

Shane Stapleton and Michael Verney discuss the result, and how Tipperary native Egan is unlikely to be involved going forward.

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