Tom Gray’s side secured their last eight spot with convincing win over Wicklow Leinster Championship

Leinster U20 Championship - Wicklow v Dublin

Leinster U20 Football Qualifier – Aughrim
Wicklow 1-07
Dublin 1-17

Reigning Champions Dublin got their Eirgrid Leinster U20 Football Championship off to a perfect start, beating Wicklow in Aughrim yesterday afternoon. That sets up a quarter final date with Longford next weekend in Parnell Park.

After conceding an early goal to the men from the Garden County, the Dubs quickly recovered and built a foundation for their victory, leading by three at the break.

Despite losing both Padraig Purcell and Ciaran Archer to black card at the end of the game, the Leinster Champions scored the last six scores. Purcell, a second half substitute, scored two before being sent to the bench.

Archer, Alan Murphy and Purcell extended their half time lead with scores, and stifled Wicklow’s attack, limiting them to two second half points.

With ten minutes of normal time, Tom Gray’s side were ahead by 1-11 to 1-07. The scores came from Luke Swan (2), Kieran McKeon, Rory Dwyer, and Ciarán O’Reilly.

In the first half Wicklow got the better start with Eoin Darcy raising a green flag. But that start was short lived when Adam Fearon responded for the visitors. Kevin Quinn, James Hedderman and Eoghan Byrne pushed Wicklow’s lead out but Dublin grew into the half. Mark Lavin and Ciaran Archer closed the gap to one score before Johnny Keogh responded for Wicklow.

Sean Foran hit a impressive score, and Archer followed with another to level the game around the first quarter. A converted ’45 by Eoin Darcy restored Wicklow’s lead. But Archer, Lorcan O’Dell, Luke Swan and Kieran McKeon were all on target to give Dublin a 1-08 to 1-05 lead at half time.

Wicklow Scorers:

E Darcy 1-01 (1 ’45)
M Ging 0-02
K Quinn 0-01
J Hedderman 0-01
E Byrne 0-01
J Keogh 0-01

Dublin Scorers:

Ciaran Archer 0-04 (1f)
Luke Swan 0-03 (1f)
Adam Fearon 1-00
Kieran McKeon 0-02
Padraig Purcell 0-02
Mark Lavin 0-01
Sean Foran 0-01
Lorcan O’Dell 0-01
Alan Murphy 0-01
Rory Dwyer 0-01
Ciaran O’Reilly 0-01

Wicklow:

William Rodgers
Tom Moran
Conal O Gallobhair
Cillian McDonald
Zach Cullen
Paddy O’Keane
Gavin Fogarty
Kevin Quinn
Eoghan Byrne
James Hedderman
Oisin McGraynor
Andy Maher
Matthew Ging
Eoin Darcy
Johnny Keogh

Wicklow Substitutes:

Ciaran Coffey for Hedderman (HT)
Shane Daly for McGraynor (49)
Pauric Murray for Maher (49)
Craig Maguire for Coffey (58)
Jack Dunne for Quinn (58)

Dublin:

Josh O’Neill
Alan Murphy
Adam Rafter
Josh Bannon
Rory Dwyer
Adam Waddick
Adam Fearon
Killian McGinnis
Evan Caulfield
Mark Lavin
Lorcan O’Dell
Sean Foran
Ciaran Archer
Luke Swan
Kieran McKeon

Dublin Substitutes:

Anthony Quinn for Fearon (24)
Padraig Purcell for Foran (38)
Ciaran O’Reilly for McKeon (56)
Luke Murphy-Guinane for Lavin (58)
S O’Byrne-Braiden for O’Dell (63)