Former Dublin minor star Donal Burke hits 1-10 in 11-point victory over UCD
Dublin 2-26 UCD 0-21
TWO minor graduates look to have made a seamless transition into Dublin’s senior hurling set-up, if tonight’s clash in Donnycarney is anything to go by.
Donal Burke led the scoring onslaught with a towering 1-10, including four points from play, while Cian O’Sullivan tallied 1-1 during his 35 minutes on the field as the Sky Blues eased to an 11-point victory over UCD.
Na Fianna’s Burke and St Brigid’s teenager O’Sullivan were members of last year’s Leinster winning minor outfit. Promoted to the senior panel in November, they’ve quickly set about rewarding Ger Cunningham’s show of faith.
By half-time, they had shared 1-9 of Dublin’s 1-15 tally as the hosts recovered from a tepid start to race into a seven-point lead.
Backed by a strong wind, the students were quickly into their stride with a hat-trick of points. They still led by 0-5 to 0-2 after 12 minutes, all bar one of those scores coming from DJ Foran, their livewire All-Ireland U-21 winner from Waterford.
Burke was central to Dublin’s recovery: he landed their first five scores, all from placed balls, to tie the game. This was followed by a quartet of eye-catching points from play – via O’Sullivan, a Niall McMorrow brace and Caolán Conway – to complete a run of seven unanswered scores in as many minutes.
The gap widened when O’Sullivan’s soaring high catch was followed by a direct run on goal and unstoppable angled finish.
It was a second goal in two Walsh Cup appearances for O’Sullivan, who was one of four Dubs to bow out at the break as Cunningham set about emptying his bench.
UCD rallied for a period, but they never edged closer than five points as the Quinn twins, Alex and Ben, along with Conway took their personal tallies to 0-3 apiece.
Victory was already assured before Seán Ó Riain was hauled down for a stonewall Dublin penalty, dispatched by Burke on 65 minutes.
SCORERS – Dublin: D Burke 1-10 (1-0 pen, 0-6fs), C O’Sullivan 1-1, N McMorrow, C Conway, A Quinn, B Quinn 0-3 each, C Crummey, F Whitely, F Mac Gib 0-1 each. UCD: DJ Foran 0-11 (8fs), O O’Rorke 0-4 (1f), D Dolan 0-3, P Guinan 0-2, C Mac Gabhann 0-1.
DUBLIN – G Maguire; P Smyth, S Barrett, M McCaffrey; S McGrath, C Crummey, C Dowling; C Conway, B Quinn; C Burke, N McMorrow, F Mac Gib; C O’Sullivan, D Burke, A Quinn. Subs: C Robinson for McCaffrey (ht), M Kavanagh for Dowling (ht), F Whitely for C Burke (ht), A Moore for O’Sullivan (ht), S Ó Riain for Conway (58), C Maher for A Quinn (63), T Connolly for D Burke (65), J McGuirk for McMorrow (68), F Ó Riain Broinn for B Quinn (71).
UCD – D Hughes; E Hayden, P Hannon, R Dwan; H Lalor, T de Búrca, C Mac Gabhann; L Scanlon, B Quigley; DJ Foran, D Dolan, P Guinan; M Brennan, O O’Rorke, JJ Ryan. Subs: R McEvoy for Ryan (ht), C Keane for Brennan (45), M Cronin for de Búrca (46), J Houlihan for Lalor (62), J Power for Foran (64).
REF – K Brady (Louth)