Saturday 24 February 2018

Lyng proves the catalyst as Wexford see off UCD challenge

Wexford 2-16
UCD 1-13

TWO first-half goals proved decisive as Wexford cruised to a comfortable six-point victory over UCD in yesterday's first round game at Gorey.

With Diarmuid Lyng showing great accuracy from the placed ball, Wexford cruised into a 1-3 to 0-0 lead inside seven minutes of the start, with the goal arriving as early as the fifth minute, when Lyng fed Banville and he had no trouble finding the net from close range.

UCD tried to up their game, but they still trailed 1-5 to 0-1 after Peter Atkinson opened their account with a 10th-minute pointed free.

Lyng continued to point placed balls, while Jim Berry finished off one a Lyng free, from the sideline to the back of the net on 18 minutes.

While Atkinson and Joe Boland points helped UCD, the college side were still trailing 2-9 to 0-6 as the half-time whistle blew.

In a keenly-contested second half, UCD showed a marked improvement, but the homeside resisted the challenge, as Lyng, Banville and Darren Nolan were on target with points.

UCD's response brought points from Atkinson, Liam Rushe (two) and Colm Gleeson, but they were still finding it difficult to break down the home defence, in which Darren Kehoe, Keith Rossiter and Greg Jacob all performed well.

Wexford had Darren Stamp sent to the line after a second yellow with 15 minutes still on the clock, and although substitute Cian Waldron netted for UCD in the 71st minute, it was too little too late to affect the result, as Wexford provided what was a skilful and impressive display.

SCORERS -- Wexford: D Lyng 0-9, (0-7f, 0-1, 65,; S Banville, J Berry 1-1 each, D Nolan 0-3, C Farrell, P J Nolan 0-1 each.

UCD: P Atkinson 0-6 (0-3f), C Waldron 1-0, L Rushe 0-3 (0-2f), J Boland 0-2, L Ryan, C Gleeson 0-1 each.

Wexford -- D Flynn; D Kehoe, B Kenny, K Rossiter; D Stamp, G Jacob, P Nolan; C Farrell, T Mahon; P J Nolan, W Doran, D Nolan; S Banville, D Lyng, J Berry. Subs: C Kenny for P Nolan; B Hobbs for Mahon; P Kenny for P J Nolan.

UCD -- J Ryan; E O'shea, S Cummins, P Burns; N Prendergast, D Kenny, S Rackard; L Ryan, J Boland; J Foley, C Gleeson, P Atkinson; D Lyng, L Rushe, J Maher. Subs: D Langton for Maher; R O'Loughlin for Rackard; S Murphy for Foley; C Waldron for Burns; E MacSuibhne for Gleeson.

Ref -- A Stapleton (Laois).

Irish Independent

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