Fitzgerald continues unbeaten record as Wexford boss with three-point defeat of Dublin
Wexford 1-17 Dublin 0-17
DAVY FITZGERALD CONTINUED his unbeaten start to life as Wexford manager with a 1-17 to 0-17 defeat of Dublin tonight which sees his side advance to the semi-finals of the Walsh Cup in 10 days’ time.
A late scoring surge from the home side, including two timely points from the influential Lee Chin, saw Wexford prevail in an evenly-matched contest.
Both sides came into tonight’s fixture, played at the Hollymount home of Shelmaliers GAA club, with two wins from two outings and knowing victory would secure a likely semi-final against Brian Cody’s Kilkenny, assuming the Cats overcome Westmeath on Sunday.
The sides were difficult to split early in the opening period, matching each other point for point for extended spells, before Wexford edged into an 0-8 to 0-5 lead after 15 minutes, with five of those scores coming from the superb Conor McDonald.
Wexford then tightened their grip on the contest with a timely goal from Podge Doran, the score which would ultimately prove the difference in this contest.
Dublin did rally through scores from Chris Bennett and Caolán Conway but Wexford kept the umpires busy at the other end and were five points to the good at the half-time break, 1-11 to 0-9.
Dublin began the second half the brighter of the two sides and found themselves back within a puck of the ball on 47 minutes thanks to scores from Niall McMorrow, a monstrous effort from wing-back Chris Crummey and a free from the returning Ryan O’Dywer – his honeymoon having ruled him out of their first two Walsh Cup fixtures.
Substitute Dónal Burke then got in on the act soon afterwards, slotting a free over the bar from the halfway line and putting the minimum between the sides with less than 20 minutes to play.
It was nip and tuck from there on in as the Dubs drew level on a number of occasions.
McDonald edged the home side ahead with 64 minutes on the clock only for Burke to level matters once again from a free.
But a late surge from Wexford, which included points from substitute Richie Kehoe and a brace from Chin, eventually saw the hosts scramble their way over the line.
1. Conor Dooley (Ballyboden St Enda’s)
2. Patrick Smyth (Clontarf)
3. Shane Barrett (Na Fianna)
4. Conor Robinson (Ballyboden St Enda’s)
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5. Seán McGrath (Kilmacud Crokes)
6. Liam Rushe (St Pat’s, Palmerstown)
7. Chris Crummey (Lucan Sarsfields)
8. Ben Quinn (Crumlin)
9. Caolán Conway (Kilmacud Crokes)
10. Domhnaill Fox (St Jude’s)
11. Niall McMorrow (Ballyboden St Enda’s)
12. Thomas Connolly (St Vincent’s)
13. Alan Moore (St Vincent’s)
14. Ryan O’Dwyer (Kilmacud Crokes)
15. Fiontán Mac Gib (Setanta)
16. Gary Maguire (Ballyboden St Enda’s)
17. Matthew McCaffrey (Lucan Sarsfields)
18. Mark McCallion (Kilmacud Crokes)
19. Ciaran Dowling (Lucan Sarsfields)
20. Fergal Whitely (Kilmacud Crokes)
21. Canice Maher (St Jude’s)
22. Conor Burke (St Vincent’s)
23. Chris Bennett (Faughs)
24. Dónal Burke (Na Fianna)
25. Alex Quinn (Crumlin)
26. Seán Ó Riain (Setanta)
27. Johnny McGuirk (St Brigid’s)
1. Mark Fanning (Glynn-Barntown)
2. Willie Devereux (St Martin’s)
3. Liam Ryan (Rapparees)
4. James Breen (Adamstown)
5. Simon Donohue (Shelmaliers)
6. Matthew O’Hanlon (St James’)
7. Diarmuid O’Keeffe (St Anne’s)
8. Shaun Murphy (Oulart-The Ballagh)
9. Barry Carton (Cloughbawn)
10. Damien Reck (Oylegate/Glenrbrien)
11. David Redmond (Oulart-The Ballagh)
12. Conor McDonald (Naomh Eanna)
13. Paul Morris (Ferns St Aidan’s)
14. Lee Chin (Faythe Harriers)
15. Podge Doran (Oylegate/Glenbrien)
16. Oliver O’Leary (Buffers Alley)
17. Richie Kehoe (Faythe Harriers)
18. Eoin Moore (Oulart-The Ballagh)
19. Harry Kehoe (Cloughbawn)
20. Cathal Dunbar (Ballygarrett)
21. Kevin Foley (Rapparees)
22. Eanna Martin (Geraldine O’Hans)
23. Shane O’Gorman (Adamstown)
24. David Dunne (Davidstown/Courtnacuddy)
25. Aidan Nolan (HWH Bunclody)
26. Andrew Kenny (Buffers Alley)
27. Nicky Kirwan (Oulart-The Ballagh)
28. Sean Murphy (Buffers Alley)
29. Eoin Conroy (Naomh Eanna)
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