Wexford hurling manager Davy Fitzgerald paid tribute to his players after they ended their 15-year wait to win a Leinster Senior Hurling title.
A sweetly struck 63rd minute penalty for goalkeeper Mark Fanning proved to be the difference between the two sides as the Model County battled their way to a 1-23 to 0-23 victory over the Cats.
Fitzgerald's side hit only three wides in the entire game and Lee Chin was flawless from dead balls as Conor McDonald (0-04) and Rory O’Connor (0-03) up front.
Wexford take a three-point lead over Kilkenny thanks to a beautifully placed penalty from Mark Fanning.— The Sunday Game (@TheSundayGame) June 30, 2019
Afterwards the Wexford boss hailed his side’s never-say-die attitude and speaking to RTÉ Sport he said: "I think you can see it outside, the emotion is unreal. I suppose that’s one of the things that keeps me going, I love seeing people happy and I love seeing people smiling. It’s been a long time.
"I know when I when I went to Wexford the passion was incredible. From the supporters who have been very good to us but if I told you what I put them lads through, you wouldn’t believe it.
"I am so happy for every one of them, trust me I am so happy that they got over the line today and I’m delighted for them. There’ll be a lot of happy people in Wexford for a while.
"This bunch are never beaten, if you look at our games all year we were never beaten. We kept coming back even when we were down.
"I’m just so delighted for them that they got their rewards and I just want them to enjoy every minute out there, that’s very important and that’s the great thing about hurling, anything can happen."
Wexford will have a four week break before their All-Ireland semi-final and Fitzgerald will allow both himself and his squad a few days to savour their Leinster triumph.
"Whatever they’re talking about, winning or losing, I don’t really care to tell you the truth. Whatever’s to come I’ll worry about that during the week.
"I haven’t a notion of worrying about anything now, I’m going to enjoy this and that’s for sure. We’ll think about what’s coming down the road but we’re going to go back to Wexford and we’re going to let the people of Wexford enjoy this."