Dublin 1-19 Wexford 1-10
Dublin qualified for the Leinster U-20 hurling final thanks to an excellent second-half surge where they outscored a young Wexford side by 1-11 to 1-03 to run out winners at Netwatch Cullen Park on Friday evening.
It was tight in the opening half. Liam Murphy was on fire shooting seven points from placed balls and frees. At the other end Ross Banville landed three points while colleagues, Sean O'Connor (0-02), Conor Mahony and David Codd were also on target.
Both sides created one goal chance each. Wexford had a great opportunity in the opening quarter when a short Dublin puck-out was intercepted by an alert forward line but Richie Lawler’s pass was deflected away from his intended target who was free inside.
The Dubs looked certain to goal shortly afterwards but again it was a last-gasp intercept which saved Wexford. This time Liam Murphy converted the resultant 65. At the break the eventual winners led 0-08 to 0-07.
Daragh McBride opened the scoring with a point for Dublin right after the restart. They kept the pressure up shooting four more in succession. The goal came when their goalkeeper, Eddie Gibbons, saw his long range free drop under the Wexford crossbar for a three-pointer when he would gladly have settled for a point.
Wexford were down but not quite out. In reply they worked the ball out of their defence. Showing great awareness they moved play to Glen Murphy and the half-time substitute held his head and fired past Gibbons to bring the gap back to five points with less than ten minutes to go.
Dublin were not going to be caught, however. They dug in and if there was any doubt about the strength in depth of their side it was answered when substitutes, Liam Dunne and Padhraic Linehin got among the scorers as the Metropolitans saw out the game in style scoring four points after conceding the goal.
Dublin: Eddie Gibbons (1-2 frees); Tommy Kinnane, Andrew Dunphy, Iain O Heithir; Enda O’Donnell, Kevin Burke, Donal Leavy (0-1); Mark Sweeney (0-1), Darragh Power; Darach McBride (0-1), Micheál Murphy, Luke McDwyer; Billy Ryan, Alex O’Neill, Liam Murphy (0-10, 5fs 65). Subs:
Subs: Kevin Redmond (0-2) for M. Murphy (h/t), Liam Dunne (0-1) for Ryan (44), Ciaran Foley for O’Neill (59), Padhraic Linehin (0-1) for Power (55), Pearce Christie for O’Heithir (59)
Wexford: James Lawlor; Cian Molloy, Sam Audsley, Joe Conroy; David Codd (0-1), Niall Murphy, Diarmuid Kehoe; Conor Mahoney (0-1), Josh Shiel; Luke Kavanagh, Conall Clancy, Richie Lawlor; Sean O’Connor (0-2), Ross Banville (0-6, 4 frees), James Byrne. Subs:
Subs: Glen Murphy (1-0) for Byrne (h/t), AJ Redmond for Shiel (37), Mossy Murphy for Mahoney (50), Daragh Furlong for Kavanagh (51), Cormac Cooney for Lawler (62)
Referee: Sean Cleere (Kilkenny)