Wexford downed by late Kerry surge
Published 25/07/2015 | 20:06
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.