Wexford downed by late Kerry surge

By Alan Aherne

Published 25/07/2015 | 20:06

Kerry's Gavin Crowley and Wexford's Donal Shanley
Kerry's Gavin Crowley and Wexford's Donal Shanley
Kerry's Tadhg Morley and Wexford's Donal Shanley
Wexford's Niall Harney and Kerry's Gary O Sullivan and Philip O Connor
Wexford's Donal Shanley with Kerry's James Walsh and Liam Kearney
Kerry's James Walsh and Gary O Sullivan with Wexford's Jim White
Wexford's Donal Shanley and Kerry's Liam Kearney
Wexford's Michael Dwyer and Kerry's Eamonn Kiely
Wexford's Niall Harney and Kerry's James Walsh
Wexford's Michael Dwyer with Kerry's Eamonn Kiely
Wexford's Michael Dwyer and Kerry's Eamonn Kiely
Kerry's Dan O Donoghue and Wexford's Donal Shanley
Wexford's Jim White and Kerry's Gary O Sullivan
Wexford's Michael Dwyer with Kerry's Eamonn Kiely
Kerry's Gary O Sullivan and Wexford's Glen Malone
Wexford's Michael Dwyer and Kerry's Liam Kearney
Wexford's Paraic O Keeffe and Kerry's Philip O Connor
Wexford's Paudie Barden and Kerry's David Culhane
Wexford's Donal Shanley and Kerry's Gary O Sullivan
Kerry's Gary O Sullivan and Wexford's Jim White
Wexford's Shane Doyle and Kerry's Philip O Connor

The Wexford Junior footballers seemed on course for a first All-Ireland final appearance since 2007 with 13 minutes left in Fraher Field, Dungarvan on Saturday, July 25 when veteran substitute Matty Forde set up teenage attacker Mikie Dwyer for a goal.

Kerry 3-13 Wexford 2-9

The well-taken strike left the Slaneysiders ahead by 2-8 to 0-10, but their dreams quickly died as Kerry hit an unanswered 3-3 to advance to the decider before a late consolation point from Declan Murphy.

The very youthful Wexford side featured three starting Minors - Shane Doyle, Dwyer and Mark Rossiter - while another, Aaron Maddock, came off the bench.

And they were impressive in the opening half and led by 1-6 to 0-7 at the break, with the goal a spectacular 30-yard effort from full-forward Paudie Barden in the 16th minute.

When half-time substitute Matty Forde pointed 49 seconds into the new half, hopes were high that the former All Star would guide his young colleagues to glory.

Forde intercepted a poorly-taken line ball to pick out Dwyer for that second goal, but Kerry put in a storming finish as Conor Cox (two) and Killian Spillane raised green flags.

Wexford scorers: Paudie Barden 1-1, Mikie Dwyer 1-0, Donal Shanley 0-3 frees, Niall Harney 0-2, Matty Forde, Ciaran Redmond, Declan Murphy 0-1 each.

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