Redmond on target for Wexford victory
Wexford 2-16 Dublin 0-19
A dominant first-half performance set Wexford on course for a well-deserved victory over Dublin in their Leinster MHC semi-final at Parnell Park on Saturday.
The visitors seized the initiative from the start and were full value for their 2-10 to 0-7 interval lead. While Dublin improved after the break, they never looked likely to reel in their opponents.
A brace of AJ Redmond frees helped Wexford settle into the game and with 'keeper Cian Byrne preserving his team's lead with a fine stop from Dara Purcell, they pulled clear thanks to Richie Lawlor and Paddy Whitty.
Redmond took the Dublin defence by surprise when firing home a goal from an 18th-minute free and after Dylan O'Neill had poked home for Wexford in the 29th minute, Dublin were unfortunate to see Brendan Scanlon's effort crash off the butt of the post a minute later.
The visitors were far more withdrawn upon the restart as Dublin began belatedly to play on the front foot and the free-taking of Ben McSweeney saw them reduce their arrears to three points by the 55th minute.
A lack of composure in a frantic closing period proved fatal to their chances with substitute Conor Foley scoring two points to secure his team's deserved success.
Scorers - Wexford: AJ Redmond 1-8 (1-7f); D O'Neill 1-0; R Lawlor 0-3; C Foley 0-2; Cian Byrne (St Mogue's), C Molloy (f), P Whitty 0-1 each. Dublin: B McSweeney 0-12 (11f, 1 '65); C Murray 0-3; D Purcell, C Keher, C Ó Tuathail, J O'Brien ('65) 0-1 each.
Wexford: - Cian Byrne (St Mary's); D Whelan, K Scallan, J Conroy; J Moran, C Molloy, E Cullen; J Kirwan, L Kavanagh; J Sheil, D O'Neill, R Lawlor; AJ Redmond, P Whitty, D Cantwell. Subs: C Foley for O'Neill (h-t), C Browne for Cullen (44), D O'Leary for Whitty (48), Cian Byrne (St Mogue's) for Sheil (50), D Codd for Kavanagh (56).
Dublin - E O'Connor; C Burke, D Crowe, T O'Brien; A Waddick, F Ó Murchú, C Ó Cathasaigh; J Flanagan, C Walsh; B McSweeney, C Murray, R Malone; D Purcell, L Swan, B Scanlon. Subs: C Keher for Malone (21), J O'Brien for Burke (25), C Ó Tuathail for Scanlon (40), A Keegan for Flanagan (58).
REF - S Guinan (Offaly)