Dunne on fire as Dubs survive storming finish from Wexford
Dublin 1-22 Wexford 3-13
Dublin held off a late Wexford barrage at Innovate Wexford Park to secure a place in the final.
Wexford produced a blistering start, shooting into a 0-4 to 0-0 lead inside six minutes, with AJ Redmond firing over three frees and Thomas Murphy adding a point from play.
Dublin gradually hauled themselves back into the game, mainly through the ability of towering full-forward Luke Swan to win primary possession under the high ball, which in turn brought frees, leaving the accurate Liam Dunne to point four successive attempts, and the Dubs were 0-8 to 0-7 ahead after 18 minutes.
Dara Purcell, Dunne and Ciaran Foley added points before a Richie Lawlor goal handed Wexford a lifeline, reducing the deficit to 0-13 to 1-8 at the break.
The Dubs began the second half impressively, with Swan finishing a Ciaran Foley long ball inside 30 seconds of the restart. However, Wexford sub Darragh Furlong scored three excellent points, then forced two frees leading to Redmond points, to bring the sides level at 1-13 each.
Wexford sub Josh Sheil hit a goal with his first touch but, with Dunne continuing to slot over frees, the Dubs eased into a 1-22 to 2-13 lead.
When Dunne was dismissed for a second yellow card, Wexford goalkeeper Darragh Hayes hit a goal from the resulting long-range free and Redmond then blazed a 21-metre free wide as the home side sought an equaliser.
SCORERS - Dublin: L Dunne 0-12 (8fs, 2 '65s'), L Swan 1-0, D Purcell 0-4, C Foley 0-2, A O'Neill, D Leavy, P Christie, C Murray 0-1 each. Wexford: A J Redmond 0-7 (6fs, 1 sl), D Hayes (1f), R Lawlor, J Sheil 1-0 each, D Furlong 0-3, T Murphy, O Whitty, Z Firman 0-1 each.
DUBLIN - J Lambert; K Byrne, C Hogan, F Murphy; E Carney, A O'Neill, I O hEither; D Leavy, D Power; C Murray, P Christie, C Foley; L Dunne, L Swan, D Purcell. Subs: S Fenton for Murray (41), A O'Toole for Christie (52).
WEXFORD - D Hayes; F Roche, R Scallan, N Rowesome; E Doyle, D Codd, C Browne; C Molloy, J Kirwan; R Lawlor, T Murphy, O Whitty; A J Redmond, Z Firman, D Cantwell. Subs: D Furlong for Whitty (ht), J Kehoe for Kirwan (ht), J Sheil for Cantwell (42), P O'Cnnor for Browne (47), P Whitty for Furlong (54). REF - J O'Brien (Laois)
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