Long-time Wexford hurling supporter Jim Bolger believes manager Davy Fitzgerald must adapt a more traditional style of play if the county are to end their long wait for silverware, saying: "If someone can't work that out for themselves in a managerial position there's not much I can do about it".

The multiple Classic-winning horse-racing trainer has been a life-long-supporter of Gaelic games in his native Model County and has previously helped to arrange sponsorship deals.

The Oylegate man, who runs the annual Hurling for Cancer charity fundraiser with jockey Davy Russell, was in attendance at Parnell Park yesterday as Wexford let a late lead slip to draw with Dublin and afterwards vented his frustration to RTÉ Radio 1's The Marty Squad.

"If we went back to the traditional style of hurling that Wexford always had, we'd be winning more games and we'd be going home winners this evening," said Bolger.

"That short game is very energy-sapping and very risky. To me it makes no sense whatsoever.

"Go back to the Wexford traditional style of hurling and we'll win.

"If someone can't work that out for themselves in a managerial position there's not much I can do about it."


Fitzgerald admitted his side should have closed it out as they took a three-point lead into the closing stages but he was still happy with the way they had fought back from a losing position to the cusp of victory - until Sean Moran's low 20m free found its way to the net in the 77th minute.

"When you're three points up and five minutes of injury-time, you would expect you would get over the line. We should have finished off the game," the Clareman told RTÉ Sport.

"But to go five points down with 18 minutes to go, it's a credit to them. They hung in there, they went three points up. Fair play to Dublin, they're going to be tough no matter who plays them.

"The lads are extremely disappointed. They felt that they should have stopped the shot, that it wasn't a good shot. That's what's killing them now but they showed tremendous courage.

"Listen, we didn't get a loss and it's the first day out. We have a few more to come."

Wexford travel to Galway next week while Dublin's next outing is in Carlow on 2 June.


Dubs manager Mattie Kenny had similarly mixed emotions at the final whistle yesterday but was delighted with the grit shown by his team.

"They showed unbelievable character in the last few minutes when it looked like the game had gone from us," he said.

"They stayed fighting away and got that one last chance and got to draw. They stayed hurling to the end and I was very proud of them for that.

"We'll gain a lot from today's result. We feel we left the game behind us, in the second half we were the better team, but then in fairness to Wexford, going into injury-time they were in a position of strength.

"Both sides feel somewhat happy and somewhat sad.

"It's a tough battle for us going forward but at least it's still in our own hands."