Wednesday 19 June 2019

Watch: Sean Moran buries goal five minutes into injury time as Dublin snatch dramatic draw against Wexford

Dublin 1-22 Wexford 2-19

Dublin players react to their side's late goal during the Leinster GAA Hurling Senior Championship Round 2 match between Dublin and Wexford at Parnell Park in Dublin. Photo by Daire Brennan/Sportsfile
Dublin players react to their side's late goal during the Leinster GAA Hurling Senior Championship Round 2 match between Dublin and Wexford at Parnell Park in Dublin. Photo by Daire Brennan/Sportsfile

Conor McKeon

SEÁN Moran kept Dublin's hurling summer alive today in Parnell Park after slamming home a 75th goal from a free to salvage a draw for Mattie Kenny's team against Wexford.

Two second half goals had put Davy Fitzgerald's team in what seemed certain to be a winning position having watched as Dublin dominated the first 25 minutes of the second half and at one stage, led by five points.

But Moran, who salvaged a replay for Cuala in the 2018 All-Ireland club final with a similar strike, stepped up after Liam Rushe won a free in final minute of injury time.

Wexford had seven men on the line but somehow Moran, rattled the net at Mark Fanning's right hand post to send the home support in Parnell Park into raptures.

It means Kenny's team are spared having their provincial campaign being effectively over with two games to play for the second year in a row.

When the cheques and balances were done afterwards, it seemed probably a fair result.

Wexford engineered a useful start for themselves.

In a hugely tactical battle, they twice managed to get Shaun Murphy into space on puck outs and the Oulart defender scored both times from range.

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That opening half was palpably tense.

Wexford went three up by the fifth minute but Conal Keaney, a late addition to the team and starting his first match for Dublin in almost a year, settled the home side.

Keaney's Punch and Judy show with Matthew O'Hanlon was as gripping as any other element of the game although both and Danny Sutcliffe were booked in the first-half and on a day when aggression was a valued currency, both had to watch themselves.

Davy Fitzgerald's team weaved intriciate running moves. Dublin went short off their puck outs and then attemptly to directly hit Liam Rushe.

Having struggled with Wexford's movement early on, Dublin went on a run of five points on the spin, with Cian Boland - another late addition to the team - providing much of their energy around the middle.

Almost instinctively, Wexford hit back with four points of their own.

Murphy was like a ghost around the middle, appearing in little corners of space and initiating many of Wexford's best moves.

And any time they went long, Wexford found Eoghan O'Donnell and Paddy Smyth in suffocating form.

At half-time, it was 11 points apiece. Neither team had a verified goal chances to speak of.

And the wide count (Dublin 9, Wexford 8) was more a reflection of the tight, physical marking than either team's wastefulness.

Just in case we weren't certain about now tight and pressurised the second half would be, the teams shared the first six points of the second-half.

Dublin then opened up a five point lead.

Key to all of this was their apparent decoding of the Wexford puck out at half-time and the pristine ball striking of Paul Ryan.

At five up, they had a goal chance too.

Rushe came down with a long delivery from Tomás Connolly and flicked a pass inside to Ryan but the Ballyboden man scuffed his shot as Mark Fanning approached.

And from almost the next play, Wexford scored the goal that changed the game entirely.

Moran came from behind his man to win a ball but his second touch was heavy and Wexford's forwards already advanced, they worked the ball laterally to Liam Óg McGovern, who fired through a thicket of bodies and into the roof of Alan Nolan's net.

Seven minutes later, wexford repeated the trick, again turning Dublin over as they came out of defence with possession.

This time, Chin came on to the ball, rampaged through and fed Rory O'Connor, who applied the finish.

SCORERS - Wexford: L Chin 0-11 (8f, 2 '65), L Óg McGovern 1-1, C McDonald (2 sideline), S Murphy 0-3 each, A Nolan 0-1. Dublin: P Ryan 0-10 (7f, 1 '65), S Moran 1-2 (1-1f), C Boland 0-3, T Connolly, C Boland 0-2 each, C Crummey, F Whitely, E Dillon 0-1 each.

DUBLIN: A Nolan; T Connolly, E O'Donnell, P Smyth; S Barrett, S Moran, C Crummey; S Treacy, D Sutcliffe; C Boland, C Keaney, E Dillon; F Whitely, L Rushe, P Ryan. Subs: D Treacy for Keaney (49), J Malone for Boland (60), C Conway for S Treacy (63), R Hayes for Whitely (67)

WEXFORD: M Fanning; D Reck, L Ryan, S Donohoe; P Foley, M O'Hanlon, A Nolan; K Foley, S Murphy; D O'Keeffe, L Chin, L Óg McGovern; C McDonald, J O'Connor, R O'Connor. Subs: C Dunbar for Nolan (54), D Dunne for McDonald (66), H Kehoe for J O'Connor (67), S Reck for Murphy (73)

REF: F Horgan (Tipperary)

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