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Dublin 2-15 Wexford 1-14

Updated: Sunday, 08 Jul 2012 18:25 | Comments

Dublin have retained the Leinster Minor Hurling Championship title Managers Shay Boland of Dublin and Martin Storey of Wexford after the game
Dublin have retained the Leinster Minor Hurling Championship title Managers Shay Boland of Dublin and Martin Storey of Wexford after the game

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Paul Winters' opportunist 47th minute goal proved to be the crucial score as Dublin retained the Leinster Minor Hurling Championship at Croke Park with a 2-15 to 1-14 win over Wexford. 

Little separated the sides during a fine contest, but Winters' wristy finish ensured Dublin survived a stern examination against a well regarded Wexford.

In the last minute Dublin corner back Eric Lowndes was sent off for a second bookable offence, but Shay Boyland's charges prevailed.

The opening period was extremely lively with a high skill level evident in both teams ensuring scores arrived thick and fast
Hope and expectation is attached to this Wexford crop coached by Martin Storey, while 1996 All Ireland winning manager Liam Griffin is a selector.

There was plenty to admire in the crisp way Wexford started the game with full forward Conor McDonald causing Dublin plenty of bother.

Wexford led by 0-04 to 0-03 in the 16th minute when McDonald was fouled 24 yards out from the Dublin posts.

Captain Andrew Kenny came forward from his centre back to confidently drill the free to the back of the Dublin net.

But the holders responded instantly as Sean Treacy lofted a point before grabbing a fortuitous goal in the 18th minute to equalise.

It remained tight until the interval with McDonald remaining a menacing threat inside, while Dublin centrefielder Cormac Costello was sharp so by the end of the half it was deadlocked at 1-08 each and an interesting second period beckoned.

After the restart there scores didn't flow, but it was still a seriously competitive encounter and it was level at 1-11 at the end of the third quarter.

Then Dublin made a significant burst when Winters flicked a classy goal and that was quickly followed by a delightful Cian Boland point.

That gave Dublin a 2-12 to 1-11 cushion which was a fairly decent advantage with only 12 minutes left on the clock.

Wexford continued to plough on defiantly trimming the deficit down to 2-13 to 1-14 and in the last minute Dublin corner back Eric Lowndes was sent off for a second bookable offence, but they held on.

Scorers: Dublin: P Winters (1-05, 3fs, 165), S Treacy (1-01), C McHugh (0-03), C Boland (0-03), O O'Rorke (0-01), C Cronin (0-01), C Costello (0-01).

Wexford: A Kenny (1-03, 1-02fs, 1 65), C McDonald (0-05, 2fs), T French (0-03, 2fs), K Foley (0-01), S Kenny (0-01), J O'Connor (0-01).

Dublin: C MacGabhann; E Lowndes, C O'Callaghan, S Barrett; S McClelland, R Murphy, E O'Donnell; C Costello, C Cronin; C McHugh, S Treacy, C Conway; P Winters, C Boland, O O'Rorke.

Subs: C Bennett for Treacy (51 mins), J Roche for McHugh (60 mins).

Wexford: O O'Leary; S Doyle, S Murphy, E Conroy; L Ryan,
A Kenny, A Roche; C Heffernan, C Devitt; K Foley, S Kenny, J O'Connor; J Broaders, C McDonald, T French.

Subs: D Shanley for Heffernan (30 mins), K Ryan for Broaders (35 mins), J Cash for French (51 mins).

Referee: G Quilty (Kilkenny).

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