Bord Gais Energy Leinster Under 21 Hurling wins for Dublin & Wexford
(25 Jun 2014)
Bord Gais Energy Leinster Under 21 wins for Dublin & Wexford who will now contest the Final in Parnell Park on Wednesday July 9th at 7:30pm
Dublin 2-8 Westmeath 0-13
Dublin defeated Westmeath in Cusack Park Mullingar this evening by the narrowest of margins to reach the Bord gais Energy Leinster Under 21 decider on Wednesday July 9th in Parnell Park against Wexford. Substitute Cian Boland was the hero for Dublin as his late point sealed victory after an extremely close semi-final clash against the Lake County.
Westmeath were so close to securing what would have been a massive victory for them, but a late missed penalty from Niall O’Brien saw them denied a place in next month’s decider, as Dublin went on to find the match minner. A first-half goal from Dublin’s Colm Cronin had put gave Dublin 1-3 to 0-2 lead early on, but Westmeath were battling hard, and with Robbie Greville and O’Brien both playing well, they managed to go in level at half time on a scoreline of Dublin 1-6 Westmeath 0-9.
A second Dublin goal 10 minutes after the restart from Cian Boland and a point from Paul Winters left the visitors 2-7 to 0-9 ahead, but four placed balls from Niall O’Brien brought the sides level with 5 minutes to play. O’Brien then had a glorious chance to seal victory for Westmeath from the penalty spot with five minutes to go. He missed his chance however, and Boland’s late point secured victory for Dublin, leaving the Lake County to reflect on what might have been.
Wexford 2-17 Offaly 0-13
Reigning champions Wexford cruised into the provincial decider for the second year in a row with a comfortable win over Offaly at Wexford Park. Two first half goals from Man of the Match Conor McDonald and Rhys Clarke paved the way to victory and gave Wexford the opportunity to retain their Leinster crown which they haven’t been able to do since 2002. Jack Guiney was also influential for the model county as they comfortably had this game very much in control before half time. Both sides were reduced to 14 men in the first half as Garrett Foley (Wexford) and Sean Dolan (Offaly) both saw red in separate incidents. It mattered little to Wexford though, whose second goal through Clarke just before the break left them 2-9 to 0-2 ahead at the interval.
The second half was very much played with less intensity and in the final quarter Offaly got a chance to narrow the gap to which they did. Offaly were allowed outscore their opponents 0-11 to 0-8 in the second period albeit that the result was never in doubt. Wexford will now play Dublin in Parnell Park on Wednesday July 9th in the Bord Gais Energy Leinster Under 21 Hurling Final at 7:30pm