McDonald's dozen gives Wexford decisive win

Alan Aherne

Published 28/05/2015 | 10:16

Last minute adjustments Under 21 HC at St. Conleth's Park, Newbridge. Photo Joe Byrne
Last minute adjustments Under 21 HC at St. Conleth's Park, Newbridge. Photo Joe Byrne
Andrew Kenny, Wexford and Liam Power, Kildae Under 21 HC at St. Conleth's Park, Newbridge. Photo Joe Byrne

Wexford cleared the first hurdle in their bid for a third Bord Gais Energy Leinster Under-21 hurling championship title on the trot when they had nine points to spare over Kildare in St. Conleth's Park, Newbridge on Wednesday evening.

Wexford 0-23 Kilare 0-14

The home side posed plenty of tough questions in the first-half in particular, but six points from play from full-forward and Senior stalwart Conor McDonald helped Wexford to an interval lead of 0-9 to 0-7.

Kildare twice narrowed the gap to one on the re-start before Wexford gradually eased away, with netminder Oliver O'Leary saving a penalty from Gerry Keegan in the last quarter.

Senior defender Liam Ryan shone at full-back while Jack O'Connor was very effective on the left wing.

Wexford will now meet the Offaly side managed by Crossabeg native Ciaran McDonald in the semi-final in Tullamore on June 24.

Scorers: Conor McDonald 0-12 (4 frees), Shane Murphy, Peter Sutton and Kevin Foley 0-2 each, Jack O'Connor 0-2 (1 line ball), Cathal Dunbar, Simon Donohoe and James Cash 0-1 each.

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