A close encounter but the Dublin Minor Hurlers exit the Leinster Championship after loss to Westmeath in Mullingar
No double provincial win in Leinster for Dublin teams this weekend after the Minor Hurlers failed to book their slot in the provincial hurling Semi Final. Their trip to Mullingar saw home side Westmeath secure the victory by a three point margin on a 1-12 to 1-09 scoreline.
Eamonn Cunneen was the hero this afternoon for Westmeath as his tally of 0-09 helped his side send Dublin out. That included a superb sideline cut in the second half for the midlanders.
It was a struggle for Dublin who had to play most of today’s game with fourteen men after losing Jack O’Shea late in the opening half. And they’ll be disappointed with their return having registered thirteen wides over the game. The sides were tied on 1-08 a piece heading into the last quarter after scores from Daniel Peel and Neil Hogan.
Diarmuid O’Dulaing, involved in both scores, had a goal chance following the second half water break. But he didn’t connect properly with the ball and saw it parried by Westmeath keeper Jack Geoghegan. Neil Clerkin met the rebounded ball but lost his footing, failing to convert.
Shortly after Darragh McCormack had a goal chance for Westmeath, but his angled shot was saved brilliantly by Fionn Boyd in the Dublin goal.
Dublin cut Westmeath’s lead to a single score with five minutes to go when James O’Brien sent the ball between the uprights. But it was Westmeath who finished stronger with Eamonn Cunneen and Brian McGrath registered scores.
Westmeath Edge First Half
Westmeath led by one point at half time with Cunneen pushing their noses in front. Dublin had the better start of the sides and after Westmeath opened the scoring, Dublin hit four on the bouce to boast a three score lead by the 12th minute. Tom Brennan hit three of those four scores with Clerkin grabbing the other.
Just before the first half water break though Westmeath got a vital goal. Mark Cunningham blocked a Dublin clearance and cut through to drive the ball low past Boyd into the Dublin net.
Neil Hogan hit a 50 metre free for Dublin on 26 minutes to stay close to their opponents, but had a nightmare finish to the half when O’Shea was red carded in the 29th.
E Cunneen 0-09 (4f, 3 ’65’, 1 sideline)
M Cunningham 1-00
D McCormack 0-01
D Williams 0-01
B McGrath 0-01
T Brennan 0-03
N Hogan 0-03 (3f)
D O Dulaing 1-00
N Clerkin 0-01 (1f)
D Peel 0-01
J O’Brien 0-01