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Good afternoon, folks. Welcome along to our liveblog of the first of this year’s All-Ireland U21 hurling semi-finals.

Cork take on Wexford at Nowlan Park in Kilkenny for a place in the decider against Galway or Tipperary.

Throw-in is at 4pm and we’ll keep you updated here throughout the game.

11-time winners Cork are bidding to reach an All-Ireland final at this grade for the first time since 1998.

Wexford, whose only title came in 1965, were beaten finalists in both 2014 and ’15.

We’ll bring you the teams shortly.

Cork

1. Ger Collins (Ballinhassig)

2. David Lowney (Clonakilty)
3. Ger Millerick (Fr O’Neill’s)
4. Niall O’Leary (Castlelyons)

5. Eoghan Murphy (Sarsfields)
6. Mark Coleman (Blarney)
7. Billy Hennessy (St Finbarr’s)

18. John Cashman (Blackrock)
9. Darragh Fitzgibbon (Charleville)

10. Robbie O’Flynn (Erin’s Own)
11. Declan Dalton (Fr O’Neills)
12. Shane Kingston (Douglas — captain)

13. Liam Healy (Sarsfields)
14. Tim O’Mahony (Newtownshandrum)
15. Jack O’Connor (Sarsfields)

Wexford

1. Jack Cushe (Naomh Eanna)

2. Shane Reck (Olygate-Glenbrien)
3. Darren Byrne (Blackwater)
4. Conor Firman (St Martin’s — captain)

5. Aaron Maddock (St Martin’s)
6. Damien Reck (Oylgate-Glenbrien)
7. Ian Carthy (Taghmon-Camross)

8. Garry Moloy (Naomh Eanna)
9. Rowan White (Glynn-Barntown)

10. Oisin Foley (Crossabeg-Ballymurn)
11. Eoin Molloy (Naomh Eanna)
12. Liam Stafford (Adamstown)

13. Mikie Dwyer (Fethard)
14. Rory Higgins (Rathnure)
15. Seamus Casey (Olygate-Glenbrien)

Cork 0-0 Wexford 0-0

The game is underway.

1Mins

Cork 0-0 Wexford 0-0

Damien Reck with the first effort on goal but the Wexford man puts it wide.

1Mins

Cork 0-0 Wexford 0-0

Liam Healy is also off target with Cork’s first shot.

2Mins

Cork 0-0 Wexford 0-1

Seamus Casey gives Wexford the lead with a free.

4Mins

Cork 0-1 Wexford 0-1

Tim O’Mahony does well to win a free for Cork and Declan Dalton slots it over from close range.

6Mins

Cork 0-1 Wexford 0-2

Lovely pass from Seamus Casey sets up Aaron Maddock to put Wexford back in front.

 

8Mins

Cork 1-2 Wexford 0-2

Great goal from O’Mahony as he wins the ball on the right, cuts inside, sees his first shot brilliantly saved by Jack Cushe before firing in the round.

Dalton increases the lead with a free.

10Mins

Cork 2-3 Wexford 0-3

O’Mahony gets his second goal after reacting quickest when Fitzgibbon’s shot was saved.

Maddock responds with another fine point for Wexford before Dalton gets his third free for Cork.

11Mins

Cork 2-4 Wexford 0-3

Another one for Dalton, this time a superb strike from play.

13Mins

Cork 2-4 Wexford 0-4

Seamus Casey converts a free to bring the gap back to six.

13Mins

Cork 2-5 Wexford 0-4

Fantastic score from wide on the right by Cork senior star Shane Kingston.

16Mins

Cork 2-6 Wexford 0-5

Excellent corner-forward play by Jack O’Connor and Cork pull further ahead, but Seamus Casey hits back with a sublime sideline cut.

17Mins

Cork 2-6 Wexford 0-5

Casey aims to get another one for Wexford with a straightforward free by his standards but surprisingly he puts it narrowly wide.

18Mins

Cork 2-7 Wexford 0-5

Second of the day for Kingston.

19Mins

Cork 2-7 Wexford 0-5

Dalton has a go from a free from 55 metres out, wide on the right, but it drifts away from the target.

20Mins

Cork 2-8 Wexford 0-5

Outstanding score by Jack O’Connor from out on the left sideline.

21Mins

Cork 2-8 Wexford 0-6

Again it’s Seamus Casey who responds for Wexford, hitting a wonderful score from the left wing.

 

23Mins

Cork 2-9 Wexford 0-7

Dalton extends Cork’s lead with a free before Wexford hit back through Damien Reck.

24Mins

Cork 2-10 Wexford 0-7

Again it’s Dalton who puts Cork further ahead from a placed-ball.

24Mins

Cork 2-10 Wexford 0-7

Stephen O’Gorman replaces Shane Reck for Wexford.

26Mins

Cork 2-12 Wexford 0-8

Liam Healy capitalises on a mistake from Wexford goalkeeper Jack Cushe to score a point, with Tim O’Mahony following up with another.

Rowan White gets one back for Wexford.

28Mins

Cork 2-12 Wexford 0-8

Damien Reck strikes a free for Wexford from inside his own half but it drifts wide.

30Mins

Cork 2-13 Wexford 0-9

Casey slots over another free for Wexford but Jack O’Connor scores again for the Rebels moments later.

31Mins

Cork 2-13 Wexford 0-9

A couple of disappointing wides for Wexford and one for Cork just before the break. Two minutes being added on.

32Mins

Cork 2-14 Wexford 0-9

A Dalton free on the stroke of half-time for Cork leaves them 11 points ahead.

First-half scorers

Cork: D Dalton 0-7, T O’Mahony 2-1, J O’Connor 0-3, S Kingston 0-2, L Healy 0-1.

Wexford: S Casey 0-5, A Maddock 0-2, D Reck and R White 0-1 each.

The teams are back out on the pitch. Wexford have a mountain to climb.

Can they do it? Stick with us to find out over the next half an hour or so.

Cork 2-14 Wexford 0-9

The game has resumed.

32Mins

Cork 2-15 Wexford 0-9

Goal chance for a hat-trick for Tim O’Mahony but he fails to gather Liam Healy’s pass. Early let-off for Wexford.

Shane Kingston follows up with a point instead moments later.

32Mins

Cork 2-15 Wexford 0-9

Two half-time changes for Wexford: Darren Codd and Conor Hearne replace Oisin Foley and Liam Stafford.

33Mins

Cork 2-15 Wexford 0-9 

Good chance for a point for Wexford’s Rowan White but he misses the target. Seconds later Liam Healy hits a wide for Cork.

35Mins

Cork 2-16 Wexford 0-9 

Dalton throws a lovely dummy and slots over his eighth point of the day, followed by a John Cashman wide.

38Mins

Cork 2-17 Wexford 0-10

Brilliant link-up play between Cork senior players Coleman and Kingston, who points for the Rebels.

Conor Cahalane replaces Ger Millerick on the Cork team.

Damien Reck with a nice long-range score for Wexford.

38Mins

Cork 2-17 Wexford 0-10

Robbie O’Flynn looks for his first score for Cork but it tails off wide.

41Mins

Cork 3-17 Wexford 0-10

Fantastic goal for Cork, Tim O’Mahony heavily involved again as he cleverly scoops the ball over two Wexford backs for Healy to finish emphatically.

This game is surely beyond Wexford now as Eoin Kelly replaces Rory Higgins.

44Mins

Cork 3-17 Wexford 0-11

Lovely score by Seamus Casey for Wexford.

48Mins

Cork 3-19 Wexford 0-11

Jody Donohoe replaces the injured Darren Byrne for Wexford, before Jack O’Connor and Conor Cahalane increase Cork’s lead.

Concern for Cork as Declan Dalton goes down injured. He’ll be replaced by Aaron Myers.

50Mins

Cork 3-19 Wexford 0-11

The game still being held up over that injury to Declan Dalton. Looks like a knee problem.

52Mins

Cork 3-19 Wexford 0-12

The game resumes after Dalton is stretchered off.

Conor Hearne scores from a tight angle on the left for Wexford.

55Mins

Cork 3-19 Wexford 0-12

Daire Connery replaces Darragh Fitzgibbon for Cork as Casey uncharacteristically misses a free for Wexford.

57Mins

Cork 3-20 Wexford 0-12

With Dalton off the field, Cork’s free-taking duties pass to Aaron Myers and he makes no mistake from out on the right.

59Mins

Cork 3-21 Wexford 0-12

Tim O’Mahony with a brilliant point for Cork before Chris O’Leary comes on in place of Shane Kingston.

60Mins

Cork 3-22 Wexford 0-12

Conor Cahalane increases Cork’s lead.

Conor O’Callaghan is introduced for Mark Coleman.

Seven minutes to be added on, mostly due to that injury to Declan Dalton/

64Mins

Cork 3-23 Wexford 0-12

Cahalane gets another one for Cork, followed by a Daire Connery wide.

65Mins

Cork 3-25 Wexford 0-12

Cahalane again. We make it four points for the Barrs man since he came on.

Chris O’Leary then gets in on the act.

 

66Mins

Cork 3-25 Wexford 0-13

Rowan White points for Wexford.

 

68Mins

Cork 3-26 Wexford 0-13

Close-range free for Cork converted by Aaron Myers.

 

Emphatic victory for Cork against a Wexford side who were hampered by the absences of a couple of key players.

Nevertheless, the Rebels are in an All-Ireland U21 hurling final for the first time since 1998. They’ll face the winners of Wednesday’s semi-final between Galway and Tipperary.

About the author:

Paul Dollery

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