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'Seán came up trumps for us again'


Dublin’s Seán Moran

Dublin’s Seán Moran


Dublin’s Seán Moran

Only the most giddily optimistic Dublin mind wandered back to St Patrick's Day last year as Seán Moran stood over that free in Parnell Park yesterday.

Fourteen months ago, he scorched a free into the top left corner of the Na Piarsaigh net with the last strike of the All-Ireland club final to grant Cuala a replay they would go on to win.

Yesterday's was different.

For a start, the free was awarded - after Liam Rushe was fouled by Liam Ryan - five yards to the right of the goal, the angle adding a couple of metres to the distance to the Wexford line.

And this time Moran went low, deceiving Mark Fanning and the other six players on the Wexford line.

"When you get those opportunities, as Seán says, you've just got to get in there and just make sure you make good contact with the ball," manager Mattie Kenny stressed.

"Seán is an excellent hurler, an excellent striker of the ball. He's a really, really top-class player.

"He's come up trumps for us before and he's come up trumps for us again today. And we're delighted for Seán and more importantly, delighted for Dublin that we're still in the competition."