Dublin snatch draw with last gasp point


Wexford`s Ben Brosnan is pursued by Dublin`s Eoin Culligan Image: Donall Farmer/ INPHO




It was a tale of two halves as Dean Rock rescued All – Ireland Champions Dublin who came from seven points down to claim a battling O’Byrne Cup opening day draw.

Dublin who fielded a team that was experimental to say the least. Dublin Manager Jim Gavin started with just three of his All-Ireland final team the dubs took a while to really get going, and they conceded two first-half goals and were seven down at half-time.

But Dublin remarkably knocked off seven points to level the match for a nail biting finish.

PJ Banville, the experienced Wexford forward who competed for New York in last year’s Championship, put them one ahead again in the 68th minute with their only point of the second-half.

Rock scored his sixth point of the afternoon in the 70th minute which tied the game up for the final time and left the teams deadlocked in Group A.

Experienced Wexford duo Ben Brosnan and Adrian Flynn scored early goals to help David Power’s side into a 2-5 to 0-4 half-time lead.

Wexford couldn`t manage another point until Banville’s point late on as Dublin reeled off score after score, Rock pinching five points in the second-half on his own as he was the games top scorer with a total of 0-6.

Wexford`s man of the match was Anthony Masterson. He denied Dublin overall with three great saves for Wexford, one from a first-half Rock penalty and Wexford thanked him for keeping their campaign hopes alive

Dublin return to action on Wednesday evening at home to IT Carlow and wrap up their group campaign next Sunday at home to DCU.


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