Dubs withstand Model revival
DUBLIN had to withstand an amazing Wexford second-half rally before they eventually emerged victorious at Wexford Park on Saturday afternoon.
An assured opening 20 minutes looked to have set Dublin up for a comfortable victory, as they led 0-11 to 0-2 at that stage.
Wexford hauled themselves back into contention one minute before the break when Aidan Nolan found the net, reducing the Dubs' lead to 0-14 to 1-6 at the interval.
Within 60 seconds of the restart Dublin looked to have killed off the home side's challenge when Ciaran Kilkenny goaled from a penalty.
However, two goals from Rhys Clarke after 36 and 49 minutes helped reduce the deficit to a single point, 1-16 to 3-9. Jack Guiney levelled matters, but points from Paul Winters and sub Oisin O'Rorke ensured a Dublin victory.
SCORERS -- Dublin: P Winters 0-6 (4f), C Kilkenny 1-1 (1-1f), J Desmond 0-3 (3f), C Cronin, A Clabby 0-2 each, C McHugh, C Costello, B McCarthy, O O'Rorke 0-1 each. Wexford: R Clarke 2-1, A Nolan 1-0, J Guiney 0-4 (3f), G Moore 0-3 (2f), C Hughes, C McDonald 0-1 each.
Dublin -- C Ryan; E Lowndes, C O'Callaghan, S McClelland; C Crummy, J Desmond, D Gormley; G Whelan, C Cronin; C Kilkenny, C McHugh, E O Conghaile; C Costello, A Clabby, P Winters. Subs: B McCarthy for Cronin, D Forde for Gormley; O O'Rorke for McHugh.
Wexford -- C O'Leary; S Murphy, N Cullen, G Foley; W Furlong, A Kenny, S O'Gorman; C Hughes, K Foley; A Nolan, J Guiney, P O'Connor; P Doyle, G Moore, R Clarke. Subs: C McDonald for O'Connor; D Byrne for Nolan; D Dunne for Doyle.
Ref -- S Cleere (Kilkenny).