Friday 28 July 2017

McGraynor downs Wexford

DCU 1-8 Wexford 1-2

Conor McGraynor forty-fourth minute goal increased DCU's lead to eight points. Photo: Diarmuid Greene / Sportsfile
Conor McGraynor forty-fourth minute goal increased DCU's lead to eight points. Photo: Diarmuid Greene / Sportsfile

DCU's ability to pick off long range points when assisted by the elements in the first half earned them victory in, Enniscorthy.

Having got their campaign off to a winning start, DCU overcame the atrocious driving rain to serve up some quality football.

They surged into a 0-4 to 0-1 lead inside ten minutes with points from Mark Plunkett, Conor McHugh, David Mannix and Conor McGraynor (a huge 55-metre free), with Kevin O'Grady replaying with a free.

The Students' wind-assisted dominance continued as they added a further three points to lead 0-7 to 0-2 at the interval, with O'Grady adding his side's second point just on the break.

DCU continued to control the ball superbly into the elements on the resumption, with McGraynor 44th-minute goal increasing their lead to 1-7 to 0-2.

Wexford gave themselves a real chance when Jamie Carty goaled three minutes later but this proved their only score of the half.

As the conditions deteriorated into a mudbath, with pools of water all over the pitch, only a single point was managed for the remaining 23 minutes, through Plunkett two minutes from the end.

Scorers - DCU: C McGraynor 1-1 (0-1f), M Plunkett, C McHugh 0-2 each, S Carthy, C Brehey, D Mannix 0-1 each. Wexford: J Carty 1-0, K O'Grady 0-2 fs.

DCU - P O'Donnell; E Smith, K Feely, C Mulligan; S Attride, C Moynagh, K Daly; M Quinn, S Carthy; M Plunkett, C Brehey, T Lahiff; C McHugh, C McGraynor, D Mannix. Subs: N Gavigan for Lahiff; S McCoy for Moynagh; D Ward for smith; C McNally for McGraynor; E Smith for Brehey.

Wexford - P Murphy; J Rossiter, N Rossiter, R Vallejo; B Malone, S Donohoe, T Rossiter; C Kehoe, S Byrne; K O'Grady, N Hughes, P O'Connor; B Brosnan, J Carty, S Ryan. Subs: B Power for O'Gray; R Tierney for O'Connor; J Connors for Vallejo; P Curtis for Hughes.

Ref - B Cawley (Kildare).

 

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