Wexford win U21 Leinster title

Cadbury Leinster U21FC final
Wexford 1-09 0-11 Longford, Portlaoise FT

Wexford claimed the Leinster U21 football final in Portlaoise this evening, with an early goal helping to set up their win.

After a bright start the two sides were level inside 4 minutes. Paddy Collum then made a great save to deny Wexford and Emmet Kent. However, the Longford keeper could do little to prevent Wexford getting their goal after 11 minutes. Killian Kehoe finding the back of the net.

Robbie Smith replied with a point for Longford,to leave it 1-1 to 0-2 after 13 minutes. A second score from Smith then narrowed the gap to a single point,just after the quarter hour mark. Kevin O’Grady then pointed to restore Wexford’s two point cushion.

O’Grady soon made it a three point gap but JJ Matthews hit back for Longford. Conor Carty pointed for Wexford to leave a goal between the sides after 25 minutes had been played. James McGivney scored for Longford and the sides then swapped points, to leave the score 1-5 to 0-5 in Wexford’s favour at half-time.

Paudie Kelly increased that lead to 4 points soon after the restart but JJ Matthews hit back for Longford. The impressive Kelly added another a minute later before a John Keegan point reduced the gap once more. Minor star, McGivney pointed a free to bring it back to two points with 12 minutes to play.

Robbie Smith then pointed to leave just the minimum between the sides with 10 minutes to play. Smith looked like being the Longford hero, when he scored to draw the sides level after 52 minutes. However, Emmet Kent put Wexford back in front and Michael O’Regan increased that lead to two, deep in injury time. Kevin Diffley hit a late Longford score but Wexford had done enough and held on for a famous victory.


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