Tuesday 16 January 2018

Under-21 hurling reign is over

By Alan Aherne

Conor McDonald (Wexford) Eoghan O'Donnell (Dublin)
Conor McDonald (Wexford) Eoghan O'Donnell (Dublin)
Cathal Dunbar (Wexford)
Joe O'Connor (Wexford)
Conor Devitt (Wexford) James Madden (Dublin)
Cathal Dunbar (Wexford) John Bellew (Dublin)

Wexford's three-year reign as Bord Gáis Energy Leinster Under-21 hurling champions came to a shuddering halt in Innovate Wexford Park on Wednesday, June 1, when the holders bowed out to Dublin at the quarter-final stage on a 2-12 to 1-8 scoreline.

Dublin 2-12 Wexford 1-8

It was a tame exit for the holders who managed to stay in touch up to half-time due largely to the eight wides struck by the wind-aided visitors.

Dublin led by 0-7 to 0-4 at the break and effectively wrapped up safe passage to the semi-final against Westmeath with two goals in 60 seconds early on the re-start from Seán Ryan and Seán Treacy.

Wexford did manage a consolation goal in added time from Conor McDonald whose superb policing by Eoghan O'Donnell earned the Dublin full-back the man of the match award.

The outcome means Dublin have now been responsible for the exit of our Senior and Under-21 hurling teams from their respective Leinster championships, and it's hoped the Minors can reverse the trend in the provincial final in Croke Park on July 3.

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