Wexford given a lesson by dominant DIT
Dublin IT 1-15 Wexford 1-11:A 61st-minute Mark Collins goal from a penalty fired Dublin IT to a four-point victory over a battling Wexford outfit in this entertaining O’Byrne Cup senior football opening round game at Kilanerin yesterday afternoon.
There was no doubting the students’ dominance in a second half where their superior fitness and footballing skills eventually won out.
PJ Banville for Wexford and DIT’s Jason Doherty’s points had the sides tied on 0-4 apiece after 20 minutes. And it was an excellent Banville goal one minute before the break that handed Wexford a 1-7 to 0-5 interval lead.
With Mayo star Aidan O’Shea beginning to impact on the midfield exchanges, DIT gradually took control.
Despite Banville increasing his side’s lead through a pointed free within one minute of the restart, seven unanswered points had the visitors out in front 0-12 to 1-8, by the 50th minute.
As Wexford struggled to cope with the more fluent play of their opponents, it was Alan Nestor who extended his sides lead, before a Banville pointed free helped to lift the siege for the homeside.
The visitors had corner back Colin Walsh sent off on 60 minutes but won a penalty a minute later which Mark Collins tucked away.
After Adrian Flynn and Conor Walsh had exchanged points, Wexford finished with a neat point from the excellent Banville but it was too late to affect the result.
WEXFORD: B Redmond; J Wadding, G Molloy, B Mulligan; J Kelly (0-1), A Doyle, B Malone; D Waters, D Murphy; C Carthy, S Roche, A Flynn (0-3, one free); K O’Grady, C Doyle, P J Banville (1-7, 0-5 frees). Subs: R Tierney for Kelly, R Quinlivan for Murphy (both h-t), S Culleton for Carthy (45 mins), K Kehoe for C Doyle (55 mins).
DIT: R Whelan; Colin Walsh, B Menton (0-1), G O’Hara; A Nestor (0-1, 45), N Devereux, R Sheridan; A O’Shea, R Hazley; J McGrath, M Collins (1-3, 1-0 pen, 0-2 frees), C Reddin (0-1); H Dawson, J Doherty (0-7, four frees), P Maguire. Subs: B Allen (0-1) for Dawson (h-t), K O’Brien for McGrath (48 mins), S O’Connor for Maguire (55 mins), Conor Walsh (0-1) for Doherty (62 mins), D Reilly for Reddin (64 mins).
Referee: B Cawley (Kildare).