Wednesday 28 September 2016

O'Connor the Wexford hero

Wexford 0-21 Dublin 1-14

Published 25/04/2016 | 02:30

'After a tight opening, Ronan Hayes pounced for a goal to give Dublin a 1-9 to 0-9 lead' Stock photo: Sportsfile
'After a tight opening, Ronan Hayes pounced for a goal to give Dublin a 1-9 to 0-9 lead' Stock photo: Sportsfile

Wexford staged a remarkable extra-time recovery to emerge with a deserved victory over Dublin in this Electric Ireland Leinster minor hurling championship quarter-final at Innovate Wexford Park.

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After a tight opening, Ronan Hayes pounced for a goal to give Dublin a 1-9 to 0-9 lead.

After the sides ended normal time all-square, two Rory O'Connor pointed frees had the home side in control, only for the visitors to draw level. But two O'Connor points, along with efforts from Conor Hearne and sub Eoin Kelly, gave the Model County a dramatic victory.

SCORERS - Wexford: R O'Connor 0-12 (0-9f), C Hearne, C Flood 0-3 each; D Reck (1f), B O'Connor, E Kelly 0-1 each.
Dublin: R Hayes 1-1; C Curris (3f) 0-4; C Sullivan (1f), J McGuirk (1f), D Gray, 0-2 each; C Burke, D Keogh, C Dowling 0-1 each.
Wexford - J Hennebry; C Murphy, D Byrne, E Molloy; M Codd, C Firman, G Molloy; D Reck, B O'Connor; Q Saunders, C Hearne, C Flood; R O'Connor, T Doyle, L Pender. Subs: M Doyle for Doyle (HT), L Stafford for Saunders (36), A Walsh for Pender (48), E Kelly for M Doyle (70), J Cullen for Molloy (76), T Doyle for Hearne (79).
DUBLIN - D De Poire; D Ryan, P Smyth, J O'Neill; J McVeigh, C O'Sullivan, E Foley; C Ryan, C Dowling; C Burke, J McGuirk, D Gray; S Currie, C Currie, D Keogh. Subs: M O'Keeffe for McVeigh (27), R Hayes for McGuirk (42), P Feeney for Currie (45), A Mellett for Keogh (49), C Byrne for Ryan (55), McGuirk for C Currie (65), C Ryan for Dowling (72), B Coffey for Burke(75).
Ref - A Devine (Westmeath).

Irish Independent

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