Dublin and Wexford will contest the Walsh Cup final at Croke Park next Saturday evening.
It follows their respective semi-final wins over Galway and Offaly today. In a re-run of November’s controversial Fenway Classic in Boston, Dublin cruised to a 1-28 to 1-19 victory over the the holders at Parnell Park. David Treacy posted 0-12 for the hosts who dominated for long spells.
They signalled their intent by racing into a 0-5 to 0-0 lead inside the first 10 minutes, but the Tribesmen – who were without Joe Canning – fought back and David Burke’s fortutious goal in the 32nd minute ensured them of parity, 1-9 to 0-12, at the break.
The sides twice traded points on the restart before substitute Eamon Dillon’s goal put the Dubs on the road to victory. Dillon finished with 1-3 to his credit, with Niall McMorrow and David ‘Dotsy’ O’Callaghan contributing 0-4 and 0-3 respectively.
Scores proved much more difficult to come back in the other semi-final at New Ross which Wexford won on a 0-14 to 0-6 scoreline. The home side, for who Harry Kehoe registered 0-8, were always in control against a disappointing Offaly outfit. Indeed, dual star Shane Dooley was the only visiting player to trouble the scoreboard operator.
Dublin: C Dooley; J Boland, O Gough, S Durkin; B Quinn, C Crummey, J McCaffrey; N McMorrow (0-4), F O Riain Broinn; D Plunkett (0-1), F McGibb, D Treacy (0-12, 0-6f, 0-2 65, 0-1 sideline); S Treacy (0-1), D O’Callaghan (0-3), C Bennett (0-1). Subs: E Dillon (1-3) for Crummey (21), P Ryan (0-2, 0-1f) for Bennett (34), S O’Reilly (0-1) for S Treacy (63), R Hardy for Durkin (69).
Galway: J Skehill; J Coen, R Burke, P Hoban; Daithi Burke, G Lally, P Claffey; David Burke (1-3), P Brehony; A Smith (0-2, 0-1f), G McInerney (0-1), N Burke (0-3); E Burke (0-2), S Moloney (0-5, 0-4f), D Glennon (0-2). Subs: A Harte for Brehony (30), J Flynn (0-1) for Brehony (h/t), I Tannian for Lally (48), S Morrissey for Daithi Burke (52).
Referee: P O’Dwyer (Carlow).