Jackie Tyrrell: Daring Model plan almost produced the perfect coup

Tipperary’s steely resolve finally prevailed to thwart Wexford’s mesmerising freestyle hurling

Shaun Murphy: the rampaging runs forward by Wexford defenders posed Tipperary problems during the entertaining first half at Croke Park. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Shaun Murphy: the rampaging runs forward by Wexford defenders posed Tipperary problems during the entertaining first half at Croke Park. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

I have to say, it’s a long time since I watched something happening tactically on a hurling field that got me thinking as much as Wexford’s first 50 minutes last Sunday.

Joining the lads on the The Irish Times ’s Added Time podcast on Monday morning, I described it as being beautiful to watch. So fluid, so free-flowing, so much off-the-shoulder running. It reminded me at times of the Dublin football team, the way they used the width of the pitch, creating space and making chance after chance.

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