A 14 point win for Tom Gray’s Dublin Panel as they ease into the Leinster U20 Final
Ciaran Archer’s goal immediately after the restart turned a seven point half time lead into a ten point uphill climb for Wexford as Dublin never loosened their grip on this Provincial Semi Final.
Wexford tried agonisingly to add to their 0-02 in the first half and put in a massive effort but struggled to unlock the Dublin defence. An additional four score was all they could muster in the second session. Dublin on the other hand were finding scores easy, led by full forward Archer who finished on 1-08 tonight to help his side advance to face Laois in this year’s Leinster U20 Football Final.
Laois were 1-13 to 0-07 victors over Meath, setting up the Leinster Final which will take place on July 19th in O’Connor Park, Tullamore.
Archer opened the scoring tonight with a free after a foul on Brian O’Leary to open Dublin’s account. two minutes later James Doran got the first from play after Kieran Kennedy intercepted a Wexford kickout. Another two spot kicks from Archer before Horsewood’s Sean Nolan finally got Wexford on the Parnell Park scoreboard in the 14th.
Brian O’Leary and James Doran paired up well for O’Leary to score Dublin’s fifth. And as Eoin O’Dea broke through before being fouled around 21 metres out. Ross McGarry gladly obliged.
At the other end of the field with around 10 minutes to go in the half, Jamie Myler converted a Wexford free for a foul, also from around the 21.
Dublin would get three more scores to finish the half out. Doran on hand again, another Archer free and Kennedy, instrumental again set up a lovely move involving Niall and Brian O’Leary for the latter to score, ending the half 0-09 to 0-02 in Dublin’s favour.
Six Seconds in Archer Finds the net
A goal and a point from Archer’s boot within a minute of the restart spelled bad news for the visitors as Dublin tightened their grip on proceedings. Donal Ryan went on the perfect solo run, finding Archer waiting for the oncoming pass and blasted it into the net. Brian O’Leary, dragged down driving toward goal, wins a free and Archer again makes no mistake.
McGarry chalked his second an final score of the night from a catch and turn move extending Dublin’s lead to 13 scores before Michael Molly got Wexford’s third, and seconds later Niall O’Leary skips past a tackle in a quick run up the field to cancel it out.
Molloy found the target a second time for Wexford but they needed something they just couldn’t find. A free for a foul on Enda Minogue did help their cause but only slightly as Darragh Brooks sent it over from around 45 metres out.
After a six minute break in the scoring Kilmacud Crokes substitute Conor Kinsella sent one over, quickly followed by another from Brian O’Leary. With eight minutes on the clock time had already run out for Wexford as Archer once again converts a free following a foul on Doran.
Myler tried a boot from a tight angle to see it go wide, but Ciaran Kavanagh made no mistake from the restart to bring Wexford final tally to 0-06. But Archer, who had hardly missed a step all night fittingly closed the show from a 14 metre free.
Ciaran Archer 1-08 (7f)
Brian O’Leary 0-02
James Doran 0-02 (1f)
Ross McGarry 0-02 (1f)
Conor Kinsella 0-02
Niall O’Leary 0-01
Michael Molloy 0-02
Sean Nolan 0-01
Jamie Myler 0-01 (1f)
Darragh Brooks 0-01 (1f)
Ciaran Kavanagh 0-01
1. David O’Hanlon
2. Darren Maher
3. Daire Newcombe
4. Eoin O’Dea
5. Kieran Kennedy
6. Neil Matthews
7. Sean Lambe
8. Peader O’Cofaigh Byrne
9. Donal Ryan
10. Niall O’Leary
11. Karl Lynch Bisset
12. James Doran
13. Brian O’Leary
14. Ciaran Archer
15. Ross McGarry
Kieran McKeon for Ross McGarry (40)
David Lacey for Karl Lynch Bissett (48)
Conor Kinsella for Neil Matthews (48)
Aaron Lynch for Eoin O’Dea (54)
Sean Farrelly for Peadar O’Cofaigh Byrne (57)
Evan Caulfield for Niall O’Leary (59)
1. Daragh Brooks
2. Killian Pierce
3. Gavin Sheehan
4. Liam O’Connor
5. Byron Byrne
6. Adam Hogan
7. Enda Minogue
8. Ben Maddock
9. Liam Coleman
10. Dylan McVeigh
11. Jamie Meyler
12. Sean Nolan
13. Michael Molloy
14. Sean Forde
15. Ciaran Kavanagh
James Kelly for Adam Hogan (35)
Cathal Kirwan for Dylan McVeigh (35)
Peter Kelly for Sean Forde (49)
Michael Kinsella for Byron Byrne (55)
Philip Dempsey for Enda Minogue (60)
Jamie Kavanagh for Killian Pierce (60)