Wednesday 24 January 2018

Wexford miss out on semi final place

By Brendan Furlong

Mikey Dwyer of Wexford in action against Westmeath, file picture.
Mikey Dwyer of Wexford in action against Westmeath, file picture.

DESPITE a couple of scares along the way, Dublin showed enough composure to respond with two goal in the closing twelve minutes to edge their way to a rather flattering six point victory over a fine Wexford side in this Leinister minor football championship quarter-final game played in Enniscorthy on Saturday afternoon.

Dublin 3-8 Wexford 0-11

Dublin Manager, Paddy Christie was still happy with the result.

'We got a great start with 1-2 on the scoreboard inside seven minutes. But credit to Wexford they responded to the challenge into the wind with some quality football. We struggled for periods but it was the two goal in the final twelve minutes that won it for us.

'That win was hard earned but will stand to the lads. I was concerned for a period in the second half when they were pressurising us and leading. That made it tough but the lads stuck with it, got the breaks and took both goals well,' said the former inter-county star defender.

But Wexford Manager Pat O'Rourke was dejected with the result.

'We struggled at the start with the concession of 1-2 but went on to dictate the game until the closing twelve minutes when we conceded two goals. The second goal when we were a point ahead with just twelve minutes left proved disastrous. That's the score that won the game for them for up to that we were playing with confidence and winning mentality. What I keep saying is that we have the under-age players but getting that break is becoming ever more difficult.'

Dublin, with wind advantage, started with a real spring in their step racing into a 1-2 to 0-0 lead inside seven minutes, the goal coming at the end of a delightful move through Dillon Keating after just three minutes. The visitors were looking the superior outfit and but for wayward finishing would have increased their lead.

The homeside gradually worked their way back into the game with a Mikey Dwyer twelfth minute point opening their account, which was followed by two unanswered points from Dwyer and Mark Rossiter, to reduce the deficit to 1-2 to 0-3.

Dublin boss Paddy Christie would not have been happy with the second quarter as a Dwyer inspired homeside took the initiative and looked in a comfortable position having gone in level 1-4 to 0-7 at the interval, after such a torrid start and finding themselves five points adrift so early in the game.

Both sides were finding it hard to take centre stage in the third quarter as defences were in control. Six minutes into the second half Dwyer pointed the homeside in front, 0-8 to 1-4, and they still led 0-11 to 1-7, with twelve minutes remaining.

Dublin sub John Kindlon, just minutes on the pitch was presented with a chance, when home keeper Eoin Cummins could only punch away a high lobbing ball destined for the corner, leaving Kindlon to finish to the net, giving his side a 2-7 to 0-11 lead.

However, Dublin now began to show their attacking class in the closing eight minutes, as the homeside failed to add to their tally, finishing a Dillon Keating 53rd minute goal, while a late Conor Kavanagh point ensured their semi-final passage, as they withstood a late barrage from the homeside in the closing five minute.

Dublin: D Keating 2-1, J Kindlon 1-0, P Small (2f), T Fox, S Howard, 0-2 each, C Kavanagh.

Wexford: M Dwyer 0-4, M Rossiter (1f) 0-3; T Cody, J Stafford, F Cooney, N Doyle 0-1 each.

Dublin: E Comerford; J Hollan, P O'Hanlon, G McNamara; C Kavanagh, B Howard, O Kelly; D McIlghorm, A Elliot; B Shovlin, S Howard, T Fox; P Small, C Howley, D Keating. Subs: C Pearson for Shovlin (ht); T O'Sullivan for Ellio (b.c. 40); J Kindlon for Howard (45); C Keely for Kindlon (B.C. 49); C Hulton for Fox (59).

Wexford: E Cummins; J Dunne, R Devereux, M O'Neill; J Sutton, S Doyle, T Cody; D Lyons, J Gardiner; J Stafford, M Dwyer, C Joyce; F Cooney, N Doyle, M Rossiter. Subs: C Kirwan for Lyons (28); S Barden for Sutton (36); S Casey for Gardiner (52); M O'Connor for O'Neill (54); T Bower for Joyce (59).

Referee: C Dwyer (Offaly).

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