Saturday 22 July 2017

McGarry hits crucial goal as Dubs stand tall in epic battle

Dublin 1-16 Kildare 0-14 Electric Ireland Leinster MFC

Dublin's Ross McGarry celebrates scoring his side's crucial goal. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
Dublin's Ross McGarry celebrates scoring his side's crucial goal. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

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Two teams who showed tremendous battling spirit earlier in their campaign produced a titanic tussle in Newbridge last night, however, at the final whistle it was the Dublin minors who were the last men standing.

Both had recovered from seven points down in matches during the campaign - Kildare against Laois and Dublin against Meath - and it was the boys in blue who found themselves on the back foot early as they trailed 0-3 to 0-0 after 14 minutes.

At half-time, it was Dublin that led by 1-7 to 0-7. The Dubs trailed by 0-5 to 0-2 on 21 minutes but they then hit four points on the bounce to take the lead for the first time - the scores coming from Seán Hawkshaw, Daniel Brennan (2) and David Lacey.

James Madden then struck the hosts' bar, and on 28 minutes came the Dublin goal as the influential James Doran's pass opened the door for Ross McGarry.

Lacey added a super point, but the Dubs' surge was halted as Shane O'Sullivan and Darragh Ryan hit back for Kildare.

Jack Barrett kicked three frees in succession as the Lilies levelled but, in an end-to-end tussle, it was little surprise when Dublin re-took the initiative.

James Doran of Dublin breaks through a tackle from Cian McQuillan and Conor Murphy. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
James Doran of Dublin breaks through a tackle from Cian McQuillan and Conor Murphy. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

Donal Ryan, Doran, Hawkshaw, Ciarán Archer and Lacey pointed as the visitors finished strongest to set up a final against Louth.

Scorers - Dublin: R McGarry 1-2 (0-2f); D Lacey 0-5 (0-1f); S Hawkshaw 0-3; D Ryan, D Brennan 0-2 each; J Doran, C Archer 0-1 each. Kildare: D Kirwan 0-4; J Barrett 0-3 (3f); S O'Sullivan 0-2; D Ryan, J Burke, B McDonnell, F Nairn, J Cully 0-1 each.

Dublin - D O'Hanlon; D Maher, P O Cofaigh Byrne, L Flatman; K Kennedy, N Matthews, E O'Dea; M Tracey, D Ryan; D Brennan, J Doran, J Madden; R McGarry, S Hawshaw, D Lacey. Subs: A Byrne for Brennan (42), C Archer for McGarry (51), K Lynch for Ryan, Black, 54), D Conlon for Madden (58), A Lynch for Maher (62).

Kildare - A O'Neill; D Reilly, M Barrett, DJ Earley; D Ryan, N O'Connor, C Murphy; C McQuillan, D Kelly; B McDonnell, J Burke, F Nairn; J Barrett, S O'Sullivan, D Kirwan. Subs: A Cronin for Murphy (35), J Cully for O'Sullivan (42), D Foley for Burke (44), E McGovern for O'Connor (46), N O'Sullivan for Nairn (50), G Cunningham for J Barrett (54).

James Doran looks for a way past Kildare's Niall O'Connor. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
James Doran looks for a way past Kildare's Niall O'Connor. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

Ref - J Hickey (Carlow).

Donal Ryan is blocked down by Darragh Ryan. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
Donal Ryan is blocked down by Darragh Ryan. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
Dublin captain Donal Ryan, centre, celebrates with supporters after the match. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
Dublin captain Donal Ryan, centre, celebrates with supporters after the match. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

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