Thursday 12 December 2019

Wexford claim second Leinster under-21 title in a row at Dublin's expense

The Wexford team celebrate with the trophy after the game.
The Wexford team celebrate with the trophy after the game.
Oisin O'Rorke, Dublin, in action against Eoin Conroy, Wexford.
Jack Guiney, Wexford.

Wexford have retained their Leinster under-21 hurling title with a 1-20 to 0-18 victory over Dublin at Parnell Park

Their key men Liam Ryan, Jack Guiney and Conor McDonald were involved in Wexford's pulsating draw with Clare last weekend and there were concerns over burnout but the trio showed no ill-effects as they inspired the Model county to a second successive Leinster under-21 crown.

Wexford were quicker into their stride and led by 0-4 to 0-1 after nine minutes with senior star Conor McDonald floating over the pick of the early scores.

Both sides traded scores for the remaninder of an entertaining half with Wexford's Jack Guiney and Oisin O'Rorke of Dublin to the fore.

Wexford could have had a goal before half time but Kevin Foley's goalbound effort was blocked by Dublin netminder Conor Dooley although they led by 0-12 to 0-8 at the interval.

Wexford were struggling to keep the Dubs at arm's length with Paul Winters in impressive form for the Dubs.

There were three points in it when Wexford struck for a goal through with Conor McDonald unleashing an unstoppable effort that Dooley couldn't keep out.

Dublin couldn't reel Wexford in but did force Oliver O'Leary into some impressive late saves as Wexford ran out five-point winners.

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