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Monday 11 December 2017

Molloy's own goal gift

WHEN Redmond Barry rounded Stephen Cluxton to score a 44th-minute goal, Wexford led by three points against Dublin opponents who had gone into their shell either side of half-time.

The gap was still two points when this Leinster final was turned on its head by a surreal 51st-minute own goal, conceded when Wexford 'keeper Anthony Masterson punched the ball against his back-pedalling full-back, Graeme Molloy.

Suddenly kickstarted, the Dubs added a swashbuckling second goal through James McCarthy six minutes later -- but even then they limped over the line. By now Forde was in retirement, while Morrissey and Henry came off the bench for their respective counties.

MORRISSEY: "We had them on the ropes. I know Graeme Molloy had been pushing Bernard Brogan into those positions to shoot from impossible angles on the day, and he did a fantastic job on him. We did have them beaten -- I think -- and it was probably the most difficult game (of the three), looking back."

HENRY: "I was very impressed with Wexford that day, how well set up they were. They were just extremely well organised, and they knew exactly what they were doing and how to stop us from getting on a run. It probably helped us realise how good a manager Jason Ryan was, that day. We actually learned a huge amount from that game -- how to break down teams that had a lot of numbers back in defence, and the patience you needed to do that."

MORRISSEY: "That game turned on a freak mistake by our goalkeeper, Anthony Masterson. But he has very rarely made mistakes like that in the past, and it was going to be something like that that was going to get Dublin back into the game ... (It was the) most sickening of the three. Being beaten by 23 points is probably easier to take!"

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