Sunday 18 March 2018

Herity hails Dublin's endurance in reaching last four

Dublin 1-16 Wexford 0-12

Ali Twomey of Dublin. Photo: ©INPHO/Bryan Keane
Ali Twomey of Dublin. Photo: ©INPHO/Bryan Keane Sportsdesk

David Herity was basking in the glow of a job very well done as his Dublin side beat Wexford in Semple Stadium to reach the semi-finals of the Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship for the first time since 1990.

Herity has known plenty of glory as a five-time All-Ireland winner with Kilkenny, but it was evident as he spoke after a thoroughly deserved seven-point win that this ranked highly in his career achievements.

Dublin will be even bigger underdogs than they were for this quarter-final when taking on their manager's native county.

"We've been hitting 30-minute and 40-minute games, but we hadn't produced the 60 minutes" said Herity. "We knew it was in them and they showed it there."

Wexford stormed into an early three-point lead, but Dublin were dominant for the rest of the game, except for a brief period in the second half, when the Yellowbellies threatened a comeback.

Dublin recovered to lead by 0-9 to 0-4 at half time, thanks largely to a penalty save by Faye McCarthy from Sarah O'Connor in the fifth minute of injury time.

The Metropolitans were looking comfortable, leading by 0-14 to 0-7, but substitute Linda Bolger hit a point to spark a Wexford revival. When O'Connor landed a free, it was a three-point game with 12 minutes left.

The next score would be crucial and it came to Dublin, Ali Twomey pouncing to flick one-handed to the net after Wexford goalkeeper Nicole Fortune dropped Siobhán Kehoe's delivery.

That knocked the stuffing out of Wexford, as Twomey followed up with a point and Eimear McCarthy also found the target.

Scorers - Dublin: A Maher 0-7 (5f), A Twomey 1-2, E McCarthy, F McCarthy (fs) 0-2 each, Siobhán Kehoe, E McGovern, H Hegarty 0-1 each. Wexford: C Foxe 0-4(2f, 1 45), Shelly Kehoe 0-3, Stacey Kehoe 0-2, L Bolger, S O'Connor (f), Ú Leacy (f) 0-1 each.

Wexford - N Fortune; S O'Connor, C Storey, K Atkinson; S Nolan, M Leacy, A Lacey; B Gordon, A Cardiff; Stacey Kehoe, Shelly Kehoe, C Foxe; Ú Leacy, J Dillon, E Walsh. Subs: S Sinnott for Atkinson inj (23); L Bolger for Foxe (40), Ú Sinnott for Cardiff (45).

Dublin - F McCarthy; E M Elliott, E O'Brien, G Quinn; H Hegarty, A Carolan, A Woods; M Twomey, E McCarthy; A Twomey, A Maguire, E McGovern; E Flanagan, A Maher, S Kehoe. Subs: C Donnelly for Maguire (ht), M Moynihan for McGovern (50).

Ref - C Egan (Cork).

Irish Independent

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