Flood sinks Carlow
CARLOW came within four minutes of ending Dublin's championship ambitions at Dr Cullen Park on Saturday, before a late Dubs rally saw them home by two points.
Carlow started brightly, leading by 1-4 to 0-0 by the seventh minute, but once Cillian Moffat opened his side's account on eight minutes from a free, Dublin rattled off the next three points and by half-time were within a goal, 1-8 to 0-8.
Dublin forwards Danny Sutcliffe and John Hetherton caused continuous havoc as John Murphy's side went 0-16 to 1-9 ahead by the 42nd minute.
But back came Carlow, and with four minutes to go a Peter Shaw point put them ahead 2-14 to 0-19. But Dublin steadied the ship. Dean Flood levelled and a brace of late points from Flood and Aodhan Clabby booked a home semi-final with Wexford.
Scorers -- Dublin: D Flood 0-8 (0-4f), D Sutcliffe 0-5, J Hetherton 0-3 (0-1f), N Maguire 0-2, C Moffat (f), G Whelan, D Forde, A Clabby 0-1 each. Carlow: A McDonald 2-0, J Doyle 0-5 ( 0-4f), P Shaw 0-4, D Roberts 0-2, D Dalton, R Smithers, P Coady (f) 0-1 each).
Dublin -- E Dillon; C Murphy, G Cronan, S McClelland; C Crummy, C Moffat, B Quinn; N Maguire, E McKenna; G Whelan, D Sutcliffe, A Clabby; D Forde, J Hetherton, D Flood. Subs: E Small for Cronan (45); F Heavey for McKenna (45).
Carlow -- B Treacy; L Kinsella, Sean Murphy (St Mullins), D Galway; Sean Murphy (Ballinkillen), S Jordan, G Bennett; J Doyle, J Corcoran; P Shaw, D Dalton, P Coady; R Smithers, A McDonald, D Corcoran. Subs: D Roberts for D Corcoran (26); P Ahern for Bennett (41); M Doyle for J Doyle (41).
Ref -- A Lagrue (Kildare).