Daly delighted as 13-man Dublin dismiss Wexford
DUBLIN showed a real maturity as they overcame two second-half dismissals to see off Wexford with four points to spare in this exciting semi-final at Gorey on Saturday afternoon.
Not even the dismissal of John Kelly on 41 minutes and John McCaffrey six minutes later could prevent a determined Dubs outfit from outplaying Wexford for long stretches.
Even after being reduced to 13 players they still managed to outscore the home side 1-5 to 1-4 in a display that delighted manager Anthony Daly.
"It's very early days, but I have to say I'm delighted with the commitment and standard of hurling," said Daly.
Dublin controlled most of the opening 35 minutes, with Shane Ryan flashing home a great fifth-minute goal, and they led 1-9 to 0-8 at the interval.
Within six minutes of the restart Dublin had wing-forward Kelly sent off on a second yellow card. McCaffrey was also dismissed on a second yellow following a wild pull, leaving the visitors to play out the closing 21 minutes with 13 players.
SCORERS -- Dublin: A McCrabbe 0-6 (0-2f, 0-1 s/c), J McCaffrey 0-4 (0-2 '65s), S Ryan 1-1, K O'Loughlin 1-0, M O'Brien 0-2, D Byrne, M Carton, K Flynn, S Lambert 0-1 each. Wexford: D Lyng 1-7 (1-5f), J Berry 1-2, S Banville, W Doran, C Farrell (0-1f), C Kenny 0-1 each.
Dublin -- A Nolan; S O'Sullivan, N Corcoran, R Traynor; S Hiney, R Fallon, M O'Brien; J McCaffrey, S Lambert; D Curtin, S Ryan, J Kelly; P Carton, K Flynn, A McCrabbe. Subs: M Carton for Curtin; K O'Loughlin for P Carton; D Byrne for Ryan.
Wexford -- D Flynn; E Doyle, B Kenny, K Rossiter; D Stamp, G Jacob, P Nolan; C Farrell, M Travers; P J Nolan, W Doran, D Nolan; S Banville, D Lyng, J Berry. Subs: A Shore for Banville; C Kenny for Travers; T Mahon for Farrell; T Waters for D Nolan; M Connors for P J Nolan.
Ref -- B Kelly (Westmeath).