Monday 11 December 2017

14-man Wexford fall to Dublin at Parnell Park

Referee Brian Gavin issues a red card to Wexford's Liam Rushe
Referee Brian Gavin issues a red card to Wexford's Liam Rushe

DUBLIN got it right at the second time of asking last night as they overcame 14-man Wexford to book a Leinster semi-final clash with Kilkenny in Portlaoise next Sunday.

Liam Dunne’s Wexford had started brightly, but their hopes of causing an upset were severely dented when they had Andrew Shore dismissed on a straight red after just six minutes.

Shore’s absence and the fact that they had to battle a stiff breeze left Wexford vulnerable. And while Dublin struggled initially to make the extra man count, they gradually got to grips with their lot, firstly leaving Peter Kelly free at the back and then putting Michael Carton into the role.

After 13 minutes the game swung further in Dublin’s favour when Conal Keaney rifled in a beautiful, angled ball to their inside forwards. Eoin Moore was out first but he failed to cut it out and Paul Ryan, lurking inside, didn’t need a second invitation. He buried it and also hit five frees to keep his side well on top.

Wexford began to move talisman Jack Guiney further back the field which limited their return in front of goal. And close to half time they were lucky not to lose Gareth Sinnott after a high tackle on Peter Kelly.

They trailed 1-9 – 0-4 at the break and even with a stiff breeze favouring them after the restart it didn’t look too promising.

While Wexford pitched away with points from Sinnott, Harry Kehoe and Podge Doran in the second half, Dublin also tacked on six points to keep them ticking over. They hit four of the last six points of the game which is of some consolation.

The highlight of the second half was two decent saves from respective goalkeepers Gary Maguire, who blocked a goal-bound Rory Jacob and at the other end Mark Fanning made a fine save from David Treacy.

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