Senior Hurlers Turn Attention to Championship after Loss to Wexford

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A four point defeat to Wexford ends Dublin’s League Campaign as Matty Kenny looks towards the Championship

Danny Sutcliffe

Wexford 0-25
Dublin 1-18
Chadwick’s Wexford Park

After five games in this year’s Allianz NHL Division 1 Group B, Dublin finish their campaign on two wins and three losses. And Dublin boss Mattie Kenny can now turn his attention to their Leinster Championship clash with Antrim in 2 weeks time.

The Dubs left Chadwick’s Wexford Park after failing to upset their opponents, losing by 0-25 to 1-18.

Donal Burke finished his hurling league run as Dublin’s top scorer once again, registering 1-10 yesterday. That takes his league tally to 1-55 (1-00 pen, 0-42f, 0-03 ’65). Burke’s 50th minutes penalty shone a ray of hope onto yesterday’s proceedings, but it wasn’t to be.

The Dubs led 0-06 to 0-05 at the firs half water break. But after the restart Wexford took the upper hand. Rory O’Connor hit two scores and Lee Chin ensured Dublin would be punished for any free concessions seeing Wexford to a 0-15 to 0-08 lead by half time.

Burke and Fergal Whitely started the second half helping Dublin to a fight back. Before the second half water break with the score at 0-20 to 0-14, Cian Boland was fouled gifting Dublin a penalty. And Burke made no mistake converting the spot shot and raising a green flag.

Scores were exchanged between Burke and Mark Fanning as the clock ticked down. But at 0-24 to 1-16 it was a big gap to close and too much for Dublin. But the Dubs have two weeks to prepare for Antrim in the opening round of the Leinster Championship.

Scorers for Wexford:

Lee Chin 0-10 (7f)
Mark Fanning 0-04 (4f)
Paul Morris 0-03
Rory O’Connor 0-03
Diarmuid O’Keeffe 0-01
Connal Flood 0-01
Aidan Nolan 0-01
Mikie Dwyer 0-01
Conor McDonald 0-01

Scorers for Dublin:

Donal Burke 1-10 (9 frees, 1-00 pen)
Danny Sutcliffe 0-02
Cian O’Callaghan 0-01
Daire Gray 0-01
Cian Boland 0-01
Fergal Whitley 0-01
Jake Malone 0-01
Oisín O’Rourke 0-01 (1f)

Wexford:

Mark Fanning
Shane Reck
Liam Ryan
Connal Flood
Joe O’Connor
Shaun Murphy
Gavin Bailey
Lee Chin
Diarmuid O’Keeffe
Rory O’Connor
Conor McDonald
Liam Óg McGovern
Paul Morris
Kevin Foley
Jack O’Connor

Wexford Substitutes:

Conor Firman for Reck (16-18)
Firman for Reck (23)
Aidan Nolan for Foley (HT)
Mikie Dwyer for Jack O’Connor (45)
Conor Devitt for Joe O’Connor (55)
Harry Kehoe for Bailey (66).

Dublin:

Seán Brennan
Cian O’Callaghan
Eoghan O’Donnell
James Madden
Conor Burke
Liam Rushe
Daire Gray
Rian McBride
Chris Crummey
Danny Sutcliffe
Donal Burke
Mark Schutte
Cian Boland
Ronan Hayes
Davy Keogh

Dublin Substitutes:

Fergal Whitley for Schutte (13)
Jake Malone for Crummey (HT)
Paddy Smyth for Keogh (42)
Paul Crummey for Sutcliffe (65)
Oisín O’Rourke for Burke (72)