Banty's crew held to a draw

By Alan Aherne

8 January 2017; Jim Rossiter of Wexford is tackled by Eoin Lowery of UCD during the Bord na Mona O'Byrne Cup Group 1 Round 1 match between Wexford and UCD at Páirc Uí Suíochan in Gorey, Co. Wexford. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile
8 January 2017; Jim Rossiter of Wexford is tackled by Eoin Lowery of UCD during the Bord na Mona O'Byrne Cup Group 1 Round 1 match between Wexford and UCD at Páirc Uí Suíochan in Gorey, Co. Wexford. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile
8 January 2017; Jack McCaffrey of UCD in action during the Bord na Mona O'Byrne Cup Group 1 Round 1 match between Wexford and UCD at Páirc Uí Suíochan in Gorey, Co. Wexford. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile
8 January 2017; Peter Healy, left, and Sean O'Dea of UCD in action during the Bord na Mona O'Byrne Cup Group 1 Round 1 match between Wexford and UCD at Páirc Uí Suíochan in Gorey, Co. Wexford. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile
8 January 2017; Peter Healy, left, and Sean O'Dea of UCD in action during the Bord na Mona O'Byrne Cup Group 1 Round 1 match between Wexford and UCD at Páirc Uí Suíochan in Gorey, Co. Wexford. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile
8 January 2017; Larry Moran of UCD is tackled by Kevin O'Grady of Wexford during the Bord na Mona O'Byrne Cup Group 1 Round 1 match between Wexford and UCD at Páirc Uí Suíochan in Gorey, Co. Wexford. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile
8 January 2017; Jack McCaffrey of UCD in action during the Bord na Mona O'Byrne Cup Group 1 Round 1 match between Wexford and UCD at Páirc Uí Suíochan in Gorey, Co. Wexford. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile
8 January 2017; Eamon Wallace of UCD is tackled by Kevin O'Grady of Wexford during the Bord na Mona O'Byrne Cup Group 1 Round 1 match between Wexford and UCD at Páirc Uí Suíochan in Gorey, Co. Wexford. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile
8 January 2017; Sean O'Dea of UCD in action against Daithi Waters of Wexford during the Bord na Mona O'Byrne Cup Group 1 Round 1 match between Wexford and UCD at Páirc Uí Suíochan in Gorey, Co. Wexford. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile
8 January 2017; Sean O'Dea of UCD is tackled by Jim Rossiter of Wexford during the Bord na Mona O'Byrne Cup Group 1 Round 1 match between Wexford and UCD at Páirc Uí Suíochan in Gorey, Co. Wexford. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

The hopes of a double win over U.C.D. for the Wexford county teams increased in Páirc Uí Shíocháin, Gorey, on Sunday when the experienced P.J. Banville picked off two points in just over a minute to push them clear by 2-14 to 1-15 moving into added time.

However, a brace of late scores from Longford's Larry Moran, the latter with the second-last kick of the game, ensured the students returned to Belfield with a share of the spoils from this Bord na Móna O'Byrne Cup Senior football tournament opener (2-14 to 1-17).

The first 'mark' for Wexford was claimed by Tiarnan Rossiter in the eleventh minute, and more followed from Daithí Waters (four), Colm Kehoe (two) and John Leacy. U.C.D. also claimed a couple through Peter Healy and Seán Meade, but the new rule didn't have a major impact on the game.

Wexford went in at half-time trailing by 0-8 to 1-4, with the goal scored by full-forward John Tubritt in the 15th minute.

A second from substitute Paul Curtis with his first touch pushed the home side into a 2-7 to 0-10 lead near the end of the third quarter, but they conceded 1-4 without reply as Tom Hayes netted for U.C.D.

Two points from substitute Ciaran Lyng narrowed the gap to one, with Hayes knocking over a free before Tom Byrne and Daithí Waters brought the sides level (2-12 to 1-15).

Banville then kicked his third and fourth points before being dismissed for a pull down after an earlier booking, with Larry Moran converting the free and then adding the leveller from play in the fifth added minute.

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