Anthony Daly received a boost before the start of the league campaign as his Dublin side defeated Wexford in this afternoon’s Walsh Cup final.
In a clash played at Bellefield in Enniscorthy, Dublin produced a burst before half-time that was integral to their victory.
David O’Callaghan raised the only goal of the game during that time frame as they lead by 1-9 to 0-6 at the interval. The teams had been tied at 0-6 apiece in the 28th minute before Dublin registered 1-3 without reply before the break.
In the second-half Dublin kept their opponents at a distance with Paul Ryan prolific in front of goal and Danny Sutcliffe also shining in that regard.
Wexford had trimmed the gap to 1-13 to 0-12 by the 48th minute with Paul Morris impressing up front while Lee Chin, who rushed back from Armagh after the county footballers had their Division 2 league tie postponed due to a waterlogged pitch, also caught the eye when introduced.
However Dublin held on for glory on a day when it also emerged that Daly has added former Clare hurler Tony Griffin to his back room team.
Former Clare hurler Tony Griffin, now part of the Dublin back room team. Pic: INPHO/Donall Farmer
Scorers for Dublin: Paul Ryan 0-12 (0-9f, 0-1 ’65), David O’Callaghan 1-1, Danny Sutcliffe 0-2, Johnny McCaffrey, Joey Boland, Conal Keaney, Kevin Byrne 0-1 each.
Scorers for Wexford: Paul Morris 0-7 (0-2f), Lee Chin 0-3, Eoin Doyle, Podge Doran, Andrew Shore (0-1 sideline), Richie Kehoe (0-1f), PJ Nolan, Garrett Sinnott 0-1 each.
DUBLIN: Alan Nolan; Peter Kelly, Paul Schutte, Ruairi Trainor; Joey Boland, Michael Carton, Chris Crummey; Kevin Byrne, Shane Durkin; Danny Sutcliffe, Johnny McCaffrey, Conal Keaney; Eamon Dillon, Mark Schutte, Paul Ryan.
Subs: Simon Lambert for Crummey, David O’Callaghan for Dillon, Ross O’Carroll for Mark Schutte, Niall McMorrow for McCaffrey.
WEXFORD: Niall Breen; Eoin Moore, Tomas Waters, Bobby Kenny; James Tonks, Richie Kehoe, Ciaran Kenny; Eoin Doyle, Andrew Shore; Harry Kehoe, Paul Morris, PJ Nolan; Gary Moore, Michael O’Regan, Podge Doran.
Subs: David Redmond for Tonks, Lee Chin for Doyle, Garrett Sinnott for Gary Moore, Shaun Murphy for Harry Kehoe, Andrew Kenny for Doran.
Referee: Tony Carroll (Offaly)