Dublin Lucky to survive to fight again

November 8, 2018


Dublin and Wexford must meet again



Anthony Daly and his backroom staff will surely be relieved after Dublin rallied late in their  Leinster Senior Hurling Championship quarter-final on Saturday evening to earn a draw.

A late goal from sub Eamonn Dillon in the 66th minute after poor defending by Wexford gave Dublin a replay they looked like they would not earn – the replay will take place in Parnell Park next Saturday at 7pm (all-ticket, details tbc).

Five minutes from time Wexford looked the more likely winners  when captain Garrett Sinnott hit his fourth point from play to open up a three-point lead for the home side.

The same player responded best to Dillon’s goal and fired over the equaliser in the 67th minute.

In a helter-skelter conclusion Paul Ryan introduced as a sub in the second half edged the Dubs in front going into injury time.

However, Jack Guiney got an opportunity to level matters with a free 45 metres from goal in the first minute of injury time – he duly obliged with his sixth free of the evening and the teams will meet again .

Dubllin got off to a great start in this game leading  0-6 to 0-1 after 12 minutes.

They had a much better structure to their play early on with their half -back line of Liam Rushe, Conal Keaney and Michael Carton dominant.

Wexford came more into the game as the half wore on and a goal by Jack Guiney on the half hour mark put them in the lead for the first time by a point on a scoreline of 1-8 to 0-10.

The Dubs rallied and a point from a free by Joey Boland  and a score from play by Danny Sutcliffe edged them back in front before the half-time break.

Boland was impressive on freetaking duties and helped himself to six in that fist half and seven over the hour.

The second half belonged to Wexford and the introduction of dual player Lee Chin in the middle of the field helped Wexford gain more of a foothold in the game.

The aforementioned Sinnott, Rory Jacob and Jack Guiney were the score getters in chief for the Wexford men and they will be disappointed to lose such a commanding position with only five minutes on the clock .

SCORERS – Dublin: J Boland 0-9 (8f), D Sutcliffe, E Dillon 1-0, M Carton 0-2, C McCormack, S Durkin, P Ryan 0-1 each. Wexford ; J Guiney 1-8 (6f), G Sinnott 0-4, R Jacob 0-3, P Doran, H Kehoe 0-1 each.

DUBLIN: G Maguire; N Corcoran, P Kelly, P Schute; M Carton , L Rushe, S Durkin ; J McCaffrey, J Boland ; C McCormack, R O’Dwyer, D Sutcliffe; D O’Callaghan, C Keaney, D Treacy.

Subs: N McMorrow for O’Dwyer (6-12 & 48-51 mins blood), E Dillon  for Treacy (44 mins), P Ryan for O’Callaghan (46 mins), S Lambert for Durkin (55 mins), R Trainor for P Schutte (58 mins), M Schutte for McCormack (63 mins).

WEXFORD: M Fanning; E Moore, T Waters, K Rossiter; R Kehoe, A Shire, C Kenny; H Kehoe (0-01), C O’Shaughnessy; D Redmond, E Quigley, G Sinnott ; J Guiney , P Doran, R Jacob.

Subs: L Chin for O’Shaughnessy (28 mins), P Moris for Quigley(53 mins), PJ Nolan for H Kehoe (59 mins).

REF: Diarmuid Kirwan (Cork).