Wexford 1-20 Dublin 0-18
Wexford are the Bord Gais Energy Leinster Under 21 Hurling Champions again after beating Dublin by 5 points at Parnell Park this evening. Conor Mc Donald’s goal in the second half was the turning point in the game as Dublin had closed the gap back to just 2 points in the 44th minute. Wexford played with the breeze in the first half in what was a very open high scoring game and led 0-12 to 0-8 at the break with Conor Mc Donald, Jack Guiney and wing back Aidan Nolan scoring some fine points. Rhys Clarke went close on goal for the visitors at the start of each half but it was Conor Mc Donald who found the net in the 45th minute that sent Wexford on their way back down the N 11 with the Sean Robbins Cup. Mc Donald recorded 1-3 for the model county in a man of the match performance and Jack Guiney scored 0-8 and Aidan Nolan 0-4. Paul Winters worked hard for the home side and scored 9 of Dublin’s points but it is Wexford who are the Bord Gais Energy Leinster Under 21 Hurling Champions of 2014 collecting their 16th title in total.
Wexford started brightly with Rhys Clarke missing an early goal chance, but hit three points on the trot through Conor Mc Donald, Aidan Nolan and Padraig Foley before Dublin replied in the 5th minute with their first score of the game through Paul Winters. Wexford in flying form added two further points through Rhys Clarke and a second from Conor Mc Donald to leave the score 0-5 to 0-1 after 10 minutes. Winters replied with a point from a placed ball before Jack Guiney got his first of the evening. Caolan Conway got two points either side of Guiney’s second and Oisin O Rorke closed the gap to three. Guiney and Clarke added points to make it Wexford 0-10 Dublin 0-5 after20 minutes. Oisin O Rorke got his second to reduce the margin once again to 4 as this high scoring first half continued with scoring chances at both ends. Guiney made it 0-11 to 0-6 with his fourth of the evening in the 25th minute. A Paul Winters free closed the gap to 4 again but Conor McDonald got the point of the evening in the 29th minute to extend the visitor’s advantage. The home side would have the last say of the first half however with Cian Boland getting his first score to leave the half time score Wexford 0-12 Dublin 0-8
AS he did in the first half Rhys Clarke got in on goal but again he was denied by Dublin goalkeeper Conor Dooley, Guiney pointed the resulting 65 but a fourth point from Paul Winters brought the gap back to 4 again 0-13 to 0-9 33 minutes played. Winters got his fifth of the evening this time from play as his attempt on goal hit the crossbar and over the bar to put just 3 between the sides. Dublin playing with the breeze in the second period were coming more and more into the game. Conor Dooley used that breeze to score a long range free from inside his own half to cut the margin to just two points but Gary Moore put the model county three in front again as this very entertaining final was approaching it’s final quarter. Winters again from a placed ball cut the margin to two as the champions were now been made to work harder against the breeze. Guiney added a free before Glenn Whelan cancelled it out and Wexford opened up a five point gap with a goal from Conor Mc Donald in the 45th minutes. Aidan Nolan’s third point of the evening put 6 between the sides but Dublin came back with Caolan Conway’s third of the evening to make it 1-16 to 0-14 with 12 minutes to play. Guiney was in superb form and he and Conor Mc Donald were now playing for the man of the match award as Guiney fired over his 7th point to push the model county one step closer to retaining the Sean Robbins Cup. Aidan Nolan’s 4th and Guiney’s 8th made it 1-19 to 0-14 with just 8 minutes to play and Wexford were on their way to retaining their title. Dublin to their credit kept going and Winters had a goal chance denied but converted the resulting 65 to close the gap to 7 points. Winters added another free from close range to bring it back to 6 but Peter Sutton got Wexford’s 21st score of the evening to make it 1-20 to 0-16 with just 3 minutes to play. Winters had an excellent evening at the office and cut the margin to six once again. Glen Whelan showed the Dub character to play to the final whistle by adding a further point to leave just 5 between them in the end. It finished at Parnell Park Wexford 1-20 Dublin 0-18.