Saturday 26 May 2018

Grey's accuracy inspires Dublin to comfortable stroll past Wexford

Dublin 0-16 Wexford 0-11 (Leinster MHC)

Leinster MHC
Leinster MHC

THERE was an impressive look about Dublin as they cruised to a comfortable victory over Wexford in this Leinster MHC round-robin game at Piercestown.

The foundation for this victory was laid in the opening 30 minutes. Dublin, playing into a strong wind, dominated the half and with wing-forward Sean Grey punishing every indiscretion in the home defence with three pointed frees, along with a point from play, to go alongside points from Chris Bennett, Donal Burke, Con O Ceallachain, they led 0-7 to 0-3 at the interval.

Wexford failed to score from play during that opening half, their scores coming through two Jake Firman frees and a Cathal Dunbar sideline cut.

Wexford started the second half with a Niall Hughes point inside 30 seconds, but by the end of the third quarter the Dubs led 0-11 to 0-6, through points from Bennett, Matthew Oliver, Rian McBride and a Grey free, while pointed Firman frees kept the home side in touch.

DEFICIT

Wexford had their best patch of the game as Niall Hughes and Darragh Pepper reduced the deficit to 0-11 to 0-8. Grey (free) and sub Sam Kelly exchanged points before a further Firman pointed free left just two points separating the sides, 0-12 to 0-10, with eight minutes remaining.

But it was the Dubs who stepped up a gear in the closing eight minutes as they finished with two Grey frees, along with an effort from Oliver and O Ceallachain, while the home side could only manage a Firman pointed free in between, leaving the Dubs the most comfortable of winners.

Scorers Dublin: S Grey 0-8 (7fs); C O Ceallachain, M Oliver, C Bennett 0-2 each; R McBride, D Burke 0-1 each. Wexford: J Firman 0-6fs; N Hughes 0-2; C Dunbar (sl), D Pepper, S Kelly 0-1 each.

Dublin – J Treacy; M McCallion, J Malone, D Butler; S Howard, S Barrett, P O'Dea; R McBride, D Burke; S Grey, E McHugh, C O Ceallachain; E O Conghaile, M Oliver, C Bennett. Subs: S Ryan for O Conghaile (44); G King for Oliver (57); D Kelly for Howard (60).

Wexford – B Dunne; B Edwards, M O'Brien, C Firman; J O'Connor, A Maddock, N Rositer; C Dunbar, R Donohoe; N Hughes, D Barden, K Poole; S Casey, J Firman, D Pepper. Subs: S Kelly for Casey (17); C O'Connor for Donohoe (28); S Stafford for Hughes (57).

Ref – P Burke (Kilkenny)

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