Wexford survive stirring fightback
LEINSTER U-21 HC SEMI-FINAL
WEXFORD held off a late Carlow surge in an exciting semi-final at Wexford Park last night.
Wexford led by 16 points at the interval as they sliced through the Carlow defence, picking off some excellent scores. Credit to Carlow for a stirring finish, but their first-half display left them with no way back into the tie.
With Eoin Moore pointing excellently from midfield, Wexford were leading 0-6 to 0-3 after just nine minutes -- the three Carlow points coming from Dwayne Kavanagh frees.
Wexford's opening goal came when James Gahan's sideline ball sailed all the way to the net and, after Jamie Reck added a second goal on 27 minutes, the home side went in leading 2-13 to 0-3 at the interval.
Carlow were given a lifeline when Paudie Kehoe found the net, but Wexford responded with points from Michael O'Regan and Liam Og McGovern to lead 2-17 to 1-9 with eight minutes remaining.
Carlow put in a stirring finish, hitting 1-4 without reply -- the goal coming in additional time from Alan McDonald -- but there was no denying Wexford their victory.
SCORERS -- Wexford: J Reck 1-1, J Gahan 1-0, E Moore 0-8 (0-4f), P Morris 0-3 (0-2f), L Og McGovern 0-2, S Murphy, H Kehoe, M O'Regan 0-1 each. Carlow: P Kehoe 1-6 (0-6f), D Murphy 0-2, (0-1f), A McDonald 1-0, D Kavanagh 0-3 (0-3f), K McCabe, A Corcoran 0-1 each.
Wexford -- M Fanning; B McCormack, P Donnelly, E Doyle; S Murphy, Matthew O'Hanlon, Michael O'Hanlon; E Moore, H Kehoe; P Morris, J Leacy, E Kent; J Reck, J Gahan, L Og McGovern. Subs: S Tomkins for Leacy, M O'Regan for Donnelly, T O'Leary for Gahan, B Doyle for McGovern.
Carlow -- K Kehoe; G Kelly, D O'Brien, K McCabe; M Mullins, D Kavanagh, A Corcoran; D Byrne, M Ryan; D English, E Byrne, D J Regan; P Kehoe, D Murphy, A McDonald. Subs: M Clowry for D J Regan, A McKenzie for D English, S Kelly for E Byrne.
Ref -- D Connolly (Kilkenny).