Dublin 0-18 Wexford 1-13
Dublin senior hurlers overcame Wexford in the Leinster SHC semi-final in Nowlan Park to set up a final against reigning All-Ireland champions Kilkenny on 5th July in Croke Park. This will be Dublin’s first Leinster final appearance in 18 years. The Dubs had to dig deep in the closing stages and some terrific clearances from full back and “man of the match” Tomas Brady and two fine points from “super sub” Simon Lambert gave them a deserved victory.
The Dublin side started brightly with points from Alan McCrabbe and David Treacy. After 26minutes the Dubs had gone into a seven point lead (0-10 to 0-3) and at this stage they looked much sharper than their opponents. Wexford did rally approaching half time and reduced the deficit to four points (0-11 to 0-7) at the break.
Within five menutes of the restart the Model county levelled the scores when sub Nicky Kirwan connected with a speculative Stephen Doyle shot at goal. But Dublin rallied again and the tremendous work of the full back line of Brady, Naill Corcoran and Oisin Gough repelled the Wexford attack. They did reduce the deficit to a single point with just two minutes remaining, but substitute Lambert closed the scoring with a superb point.
After the game a relieved Dublin manager Anthony Daly said ” We only fell over the line in the end, but we got there and we are so long trying to get there (to a Leinster final) we’ll take it, whatever way it comes”
Dublin now face All Ireland champions Kilkenny in their first Leinster final since 1991.
Scorers: Dublin: A McCrabbe 0-10, D O’ Callaghan 0-2, D Treacy 0-2, S Lambert 0-2, L Rushe 0-1 and S Durkan 0-1. Wexford: D Lyng 0-7, N Kirwan 1-0, D Redmond 0-2, W Doran 0-1, S Banville 0-1, S Doyle 0-1, R Kehoe 0-1