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The game at a glance

Published 11/07/2011 | 05:00

Alan Brogan (Dublin): If the footballer of the year was being chosen today, Brogan would be a leading candidate. For the third consecutive game, his economy of possession and capacity to do the right thing steered Dublin to dry land. He's a rejuvenated figure enjoying his game.

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Turning point

With Wexford two points up, Anthony Masterson elected to punch Mossie Quinn's speculative delivery instead of catching it. His punch ricocheted off Graeme Molloy for an own goal.

Talking point

This Wexford team probably won't get a better chance to end a 66-year wait for a Leinster title. Dublin were pedestrian and lacking flair and inspiration for long spells. Bernard Brogan's profligacy -- three scores from 11 shots -- is a serious concern.

Ref watch

Joe McQuillan issued just two yellow cards. It was a job well done by one of the best referees in the game.

What they said

Pat Gilroy (Dublin manager):

"We won in a very ugly way. We didn't perform well and had a situation that hasn't happened before with Bernard. He was winning ball and was getting shots off but had lots of wides. He is human though and is allowed have the occasional off-day."

Jason Ryan (Wexford manager):

"I'm absolutely gutted. I'm sick of losing to Dublin. The goal sickens you, but when you're down you get another kick in the gonads. These things happen, though, and I'm not blaming our goalkeeper. Anthony is very upset because he lives for football. He's an emotional guy and fair dues to him for being so open about it rather than hiding behind a corner."

Match statistics

Wides: Dublin 11 (7); Wexford 8 (3)

Frees: Dublin 11 (6); Wexford 25 (14)

Yellow cards: Dublin 2 (P Conlon 34, B Cullen 47); Wexford 0

Attendance: 43,983

What next?

Dublin play an All-Ireland quarter-final on the weekend of July 30/31. Wexford will play the winners from Limerick/Waterford in the fourth round of qualifiers on July 23.

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