Wednesday 22 January 2020

O'Callaghan star of Dubs show


Dublin produced an accomplished display in overcoming a stubborn Wexford challenge by eight points in their quarter-final in DCU.

The Dubs raced into a three-point lead within four minutes thanks to points by Sam Molony, Eoghan O'Donnell and the lively Con O'Callaghan.

The visitors cut the deficit through Donal Shanley's free-taking, while Paudie Barden kicked an excellent point from play in the 24th minute.

Dublin held the lead at half-time and soon after the restart they kicked five successive scores, with Garvin Gallagher getting two.

Shanley offered some hope for Wexford with two frees at the end of the third quarter, but his side's limited scoring threat allowed Dublin to restore their supremacy, with Michael Deegan and O'Callaghan stretching the Dubs' lead.

O'Callaghan, who got 1-5 in Dublin's win over Offaly, hit the crossbar with three minutes left, but that miss proved academic as a David McGrath free confirmed a last-four spot for the hosts.

SCORERS - Dublin: D McGrath 0-5 (2fs, 1'45'), C O'Callaghan 0-4, S Molony, A Byrne, G Gallagher 0-2 each, E O'Donnell, M Deegan 0-1 each. Wexford: D Shanley 0-8 (7fs), P Barden 0-1.

DUBLIN – L Molloy; M Cahalan, J Mullins, E Murchan; A Byrne, T Hanafin, C Kavanagh; S Molony, E O'Donnell; A Foley, C Basquel, G Gallagher; D McGrath, C O'Callaghan, M Deegan. Subs: C Mullins for Cahalan (47), D Mullen for Basquel and A Kavanagh for C Kavanagh (54), S McGrath for Gallagher (59), R Farrell for Murchan (61).

WEXFORD – D Cloke; C Farrell, J Rossiter, J Reville; J McDonnell, G Staples, N Rossiter; N Hughes, T Byrne; B Cowman, J Carty, D Shanley; T Smith, P Barden, E Roche. Subs: J Bolger for Byrne (24), C Nolan for McDonnell (40), D Redmond for Cowman (49), C O'Rourke for Smith (55).

REF – S Johnson (Louth)

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