Monday 11 November 2019

Cliff edges out Wexford as Salesian leave it late

Salesian College 1-9 Wexford CBS 1-6 All-Ireland PP Sch SH 'C' final

Manchester's Fullen Gaels sent Leinster champions Ballinamere crashing out in this war of attrition
Manchester's Fullen Gaels sent Leinster champions Ballinamere crashing out in this war of attrition

THREE points in the closing six minutes helped Salesian College to edge out Wexford CBS in this Michael Cusack Cup decider at a rain-soaked Leahy Park, Cashel.

Wexford CBS led 0-4 to 0-1 after 12 minutes through the accuracy of Stephen Kearney and Sean Stafford. But the eventual winners finished the half strongly, with a point from an Andrew Cliff free and a goal from substitute Evan McCarthy leaving them 1-3 to 0-5 ahead at the break.

Early second-half points from Cillian Gavin and Cliff extended the lead, but Wexford CBS produced a Sean Stafford goal and point to get back in front.

But Cliff's point brought the sides level, before Salesian edged ahead through a Robert Davoren point, and Cliff put the seal on victory in the closing minutes.

SCORERS – Salesian College: A Cliff 0-7 (3fs), E McCarthy 1-0, C Gavin, R Davoren 0-1 each. Wexford CBS: S Stafford 1-5 (0-3fs), S Kearney 0-1.

Salesian College – C Hedderman; C Quinn, E Considine, P O'Connor; R O'Grady, R Griffin, J Adams; L Doran, C Gavin; G McKeogh, A Cliff, T J O'Connor; D O'Connell, M Davoren, R Davoren. Subs: E McCarthy for M Davoran (blood sub), M Davoren for McCarthy, T O'Shea for McKeogh, B Nolan for P O'Connor, S Gloster for T J O'Connor.

Wexford CBS – B Cohen; D Lynch, E Dunbar, J Hamilton; J Redmond, C Kirwan, J McBride; J McDonnell, N Lawlor; S Stafford, E Roche, C Fenlon; I Moran, S Kearney, R Donnelly. Subs: M Coleman for Donnelly, L Barry for Roche.

REF – J McGrath (Westmeath).

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