Wednesday 26 September 2018

Dunne on fire as Dubs survive storming finish from Wexford

Dublin 1-22 Wexford 3-13

Paddy Smyth of Dublin in action against Rory O'Connor of Wexford. Photo by David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile
Paddy Smyth of Dublin in action against Rory O'Connor of Wexford. Photo by David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile

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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.

Rory O'Connor of Wexford in action against Paddy Smyth of Dublin. Photo by David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile
Rory O'Connor of Wexford in action against Paddy Smyth of Dublin. Photo by David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile

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.

Shane Howard of Dublin in action against Stephen O'Gorman of Wexford. Photo by David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile
Shane Howard of Dublin in action against Stephen O'Gorman of Wexford. Photo by David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile

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)

Eoghan Conroy of Dublin in action against Joe O'Connor of Wexford. Photo by David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile
Eoghan Conroy of Dublin in action against Joe O'Connor of Wexford. Photo by David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile
Joe O'Connor of Wexford in action against Ronan Hayes of Dublin. Photo by David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile
Joe O'Connor of Wexford in action against Ronan Hayes of Dublin. Photo by David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile

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