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Joe Kelly adds gloss for Wexford after UCD fightback






WEXFORD may have been in experimental mode but they still recorded a comfortable win in Gorey.

Early scores from Podge Doran and Joe Kelly set the scene for a period of total Wexford dominance as they moved into a 0-10 to 0-0 lead by the 19th minute.

UCD eventually opened their account through a 20th-minute Pat Purcell point, but with Kelly striking over two further points along with a Shane Tomkins effort, the Wexford surge continued and while three Ross King points gave the visitors some hope, they still trailed 0-17 to 0-5 at the interval.

Four early second-half points from King reduced the deficit to 0-17 to 0-9 after 45 minutes, but Wexford quickly regained the initiative through the splendid play of half-backs Lee Chin and Paudie Foley.

Sub Kevin Foley opened their second-half account with a fine point.

King, meanwhile, added further points, while Cian MacGabhainn added one in between to leave it 0-19 to 0-12.

The concluding quarter saw Wexford regain control as Joe Kelly - their most impressive attacker along with Ian Byrne - crashed home a 64th-minute goal to wrap up a comfortable victory.

SCORERS - Wexford: J Kelly 1-6 (0-2fs), I Byrne, C Shaughnessy 0-3 each, P Doran, S Tomkins 0-2, K Foley, L Chin, P Foley, R Kehoe, H Kehoe 0-1 each. UCD: R King 0-9 (5fs), P Purcell, C McDonald 0-2 each, C Cronin, C MacGabhainn 0-1 each.

Wexford - N Breen; A Kenny, L Ryan, C Kenny; P Foley, L Chin, R Kehoe; B Barron, H Kehoe; J Kelly, P Doran, I Byrne; C O'Shaughnessy, S Tomkins, D Dunne. Subs: K Foley for Dunne, S O'Gorman for Foley, S Murphy for C Kenny, W Devereux for H Kehoe.

UCD - B Leydon; E Conroy, C O'Shea, S Murphy; C MacGabhainn, C O'Callaghan, C Buckley; C Devitt, P Purcell; C Cronin, C Conway, J O'Connor; M Brennan, C McDonald, R King. Subs: D Higgins for Brennan, D Mulligan for Conway.

Ref - D Hickey (Carlow).


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