Friday 25 May 2018

Wexford make unhappy return to Croker as Dublin secure Walsh Cup crown

Dublin 1-22 Wexford 1-12

Dublin captain Liam Rushe lifts the Walsh Cup. Bord na Mona Walsh Cup Final, Dublin v Wexford. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
Dublin captain Liam Rushe lifts the Walsh Cup. Bord na Mona Walsh Cup Final, Dublin v Wexford. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE

Sean McGoldrick

Dublin secured the Bord na Mona Walsh Cup for the third time in six seasons and for the 16th time in their history when they outclassed Wexford at Croke Park.

It was an unhappy return to headquarters for Wexford who were making their first appearance at Croke Park since 2007.

Dublin were flattered by their seven point interval advantage (0-11; 0-4) as Wexford hit seven wides compared by three for the opposition and created four decent goal scoring chances only to find Conor Dooley in unbeatable form.

The teams exchanged goals midway through the second half but with Dublin free taker Paul Ryan consistently on target Dublin were always more efficient in the scoring department than the visitors

Dublin: C Dooley; J Boland, L Rushe O Gough; F O Riain Broin (0-1); C Crummey, J McCaffrey (0-1); C McBride, N McMorrow (0-1); D Plunkett (0-1), P Ryan (0-10, 7f, 1 65), D Treacy (0-3); S Treacy (0-1), D O'Callaghan (0-3), E Dillon (1-1). Subs: R Hardy for Boland 31m; M Schutte for Hard (inj.) 35m, S Reilly for Ryan 66m

Wexford: M Fanning; J Breen, M O'Hanlon, A Kenny; A Shore (0-1), L Ryan, D O'Keeffe; L Chin( 0-1), H Kehoe (0-6, 6f); P Morris, S Tomkins (0-1) A Nolan; C Dunbar (0-2, 1 sideline), L Og McGovern (1-0), D Dunne (0-1). Subs: J O'Connor for Morris 10m; A Maddock for Nolan 48m, B Carton for Ryan 66m.

Referee: John Keenan (Wicklow)

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