Ryan and O’Callaghan seal it for Dubs

Dublin 1-19 Wexford 0-16
Paul Ryan inspired Dublin with a 12 point tally in this lacklustre Walsh Cup senior hurling final at Bellefield yesterday.

Ryan led the way with splendid accuracy from frees, in stark contrast to the home side, who missed three very scoreable frees at crucial stages in both periods. Ryan and David O’Callaghan, with a superb 29th minute goal, got the scores when others around them were struggling.

Wexford boss Liam Dunne has plenty of work ahead of the National League opener to Carlow. The opening 20 minutes was their best period but their failure to convert a number of chances proved so costly.

Dublin exploded into the game in the closing ten minutes of the opening period. Level at 0-6 apiece, the Dubs finished the half with an answered 1-3 to leave the home side playing catch-up for the remainder of the game.

After Eoin Doyle had pointed Wexford in front inside the opening minute they went on to lead 0-3 to 0-2 after 11 minutes. The sides continued to trade points, with Ryan showing supreme accuracy as he punished every indiscretion in the home defence. The sides were deadlocked at 0-6 each when Dublin centre-forward John McCaffrey was forced to retire with a facial injury. But the introduction of David O’Callaghan worked a treat and six minutes before the break he managed to create space before scoring a superb goal from an acute angle. The Dubs added further points through Conal Keaney, Paul Ryan, free, and Mark Schutte to lead 1-9 to 0-6 at the interval.

Within a minute of the restart a Ryan pointed free increased his side’s lead, and while the home side responded with points from sub Gareth Sinnott and Paul Morris, they were unable to cut into Dublin’s lead as they responded with a further Ryan pointed free.

While Lee Chin, who made the dash back from Armagh after the football league game was postponed, was proving influential around midfield and chipped in with a superb long range point. However, Wexford’s lack of discipline in defence was punished by Ryan’s accuracy

DUBLIN: A Nolan; P Kelly, P Schutte, R Trainor; J Boland, M Carton, C Crummey; K Byrne (0-1), S Durkin; D Sutcliffe (0-2), J McCaffrey (0-1), C Keaney (0-2); E Dillon, M Schutte (0-1), P Ryan (0-12, 10f, 1, 65).

Subs: D O’Callaghan (1-0) for McCaffrey (blood sub 26); S Lambert for Crummey (26); McCaffrey for Callaghan (ht); D O’Callaghan for Dillon (49); R O’Carroll for M Schutte (55); N McMorrow for McCaffrey (63).

WEXFORD: N Breen; E Moore, T Waters, B Kenny; J Tonks, R Kehoe (0-1 free), C Kenny; E Doyle (0-1), A Shore (0-2, 0-1 sidline cut, 0-1 free); H Kehoe, P Morris (0-7, 0-2 frees), P J Nolan (0-1); G Moore, M O’Regan, P Doran (0-1).

Subs: D Redmond for Tonks (30); L Chin (0-2) for Doyle (ht); G Sinnott (0-1) for Moore (ht); A Kenny for H Kehoe (58); Shaun Murphy for Doran (58).

Referee: T Carroll (Offaly).

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