O Conghaile brace for Northside
Dublin North will play Good Counsel in the first round on Saturday after first-half goals from Eoin O Conghaile (two) and Eoghan Smith sealed victory over rivals Dublin South in a Group Team Qualifier played at Alfie Byrne Park.
Dublin North were eight points to the good inside 10 minutes and held a 17-point lead (3-12 to 0-4) heading into the second half.
After the restart, Dublin North continued to dominate and opened up a 27-point gap over their overwhelmed opponents.
Despite a late rally by the southsiders, Dublin North were never in any real trouble and sent out a clear message of intent to Good Counsel.
Scorers – Dublin North: S Gray 1-8 (0-6f, 0-1 '65'), E O'Conghaile 2-0, C Boland 0-6, E Smith, S Murphy 1-1, M Kavanagh, S Ryan, AJ Murphy 0-1 each. Dublin South – J Roche 1-4 (1-2f), T Walsh, M O'Loughlin 1-0 each, D O'Shea, M Geraghty 0-1 each.
DUBLIN NORTH – J Tracey; J Bellew, S Barrett, P O'Dea; M Kavanagh, E O'Donnell, P Burke; S Murphy, K O'Flynn; S Gray, S Ryan, E Smith; E O Conghaile, C Boland, AJ Murphy. Subs: E McHugh for Burke (h-t), R O Broin for S Murphy (41), L Richardson for Bellew (45), P Spellacy for AJ Murphy (51), C Heaney for O'Donnell (51), Burke for Ryan (57), O'Donnell for Boland (57).
DUBLIN SOUTH – K Robinson; J Behan, H Devine, K Wigglesworth; D O'Shea, G Quinnlivan, C Bergin; M Geraghty, B McEntee; A Murphy, S Gibbons, S Treacy; D Byrne, K Ward, J Roche. Subs: D McLoughlin for Byrne (h-t), M O'Loughlin for Ward (h-t), K Treacy for Wigglesworth (h-t), T Walsh for Murphy (43), R Cannon for McEntee (45).
REF – P Behan (Trinity Gaels, Dublin).