Sunday 17 December 2017

Currie gives Dubs cushion to hold off Model rally

Dublin 0-20 Wexford 1-14

Diarmaid Ó Floinn, right, and Liam Murphy of Dublin celebrate their victory. Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
Diarmaid Ó Floinn, right, and Liam Murphy of Dublin celebrate their victory. Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Independent.ie Sportsdesk

Dublin withstood a late Wexford rally to claim a deserved victory in their Electric Ireland Leinster MHC semi-final at Parnell Park on Saturday afternoon.

The holders played the more convincing hurling over the hour and but for some sloppy play in the final ten minutes, they would have enjoyed a more comfortable conclusion to events.

Jason Byrne of Dublin in action against Cathal O'Connor of Wexford. Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
Jason Byrne of Dublin in action against Cathal O'Connor of Wexford. Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

The template was set from the start as the Dubs raced out of the blocks through early scores from Diarmuid Ó Floinn and Seán Currie, with the visitors reliant almost entirely on the free-taking abilities of Ross Banville.

The Shelmaliers player struck five points from placed balls in the opening quarter as Wexford attempted to remain in contention against a Dublin team that controlled matters with wing-backs Lee Gannon and Mark Grogan especially prominent.

Scores followed through Liam Murphy and Currie with the latter firing seven first-half points in an eye-catching display.

Banville recorded Wexford's first score from play as late as the 24th minute with a late Currie free handing Dublin a less than flattering 0-10 to 0-6 interval advantage.

Eddie Dunbar of Wexford and Lee Gannon of Dublin contest a last minute free in the square. Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
Eddie Dunbar of Wexford and Lee Gannon of Dublin contest a last minute free in the square. Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Dublin were similarly impressive upon the restart as Murphy added two superb points in quick succession but they were rocked by the concession of a 42nd-minute goal as Jack Cullen out-fielded Ben McHugh to fire home beyond Conor O'Donoghue.

The home response was impressive as they added four points in succession through Grogan, Currie and Davy Keogh, with Wexford's late five-point salvo proving in vain.

Scorers - Dublin: S Currie 0-12 (7fs), L Murphy 0-4, D Ó Floinn 0-2, D Keogh, M Grogan 0-1 each. Wexford: R Banville 0-13 (0-12f), J Cullen 1-1.
Dublin - C O'Donoghue; T Glynn, B McHugh, A Dunphy; M Grogan, L Walsh, L Gannon; B Coffey, D Ó Floinn; E O'Neill, E Allen, D Keogh; L Murphy, K Desmond, S Currie. Subs: J Byrne for Desmond (h-t), M Murphy for Ó Floinn (48), S Lambe for Allen (51), E O'Donnell for Keogh (62).
Wexford - J Henebery; C Scallan, G Sheehan, C O'Connor; M Codd, E Molloy, J Meyler; K Firman, E O'Leary; C McGuckin, D Doyle, S Nolan; J Devereux, J Cullen, R Banville. Subs: T White for Firman and S Wall for Doyle (40), E Dunbar for McGuckin (48), E Murphy for Nolan (51).
Ref - M Murtagh (Westmeath)

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