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Blues thump Offaly to take aim at Cavan

DUBLIN showed plenty of Parnell Park polish on Sunday, beating Offaly, 1-15 to 0-7, in the Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Junior 'A' Championship.

The Dubs were fit and competent all over the park. Their attack took some tidy scores.

They have a gem in free-taker, Georgina Kelly. Carol Anne Canning won good ball in the engine room. Dublin's defence was sublime.

Five frees from Michelle Davis kept Offaly on the dance floor. They only managed two points from play, off Christine Cleary and Gráinne Egan.

Dublin mentors Brendan Cooper, Sandra Tarr, Dave Pearson and Dave Dunning were delighted.

"It was a good performance. Offaly beat us by three points in the Leinster Championship, so we had something to prove. We did what we set out to do and now we'll prepare for Cavan away next Sunday," noted Cooper.

Dublin led at the break, 0-7 to 0-3. Four points without reply from Kelly (2), Canning and Kirsten Farrell saw the Dubs ahead by five points to one in the 17th minute.

The Blues enhanced their work with a cluster of neat points in the second period. The goal came from Róisín Collins who squeezed the sliotar home from a tight angle on the right.

DUBLIN: S Carthy (Naomh Mearnóg); G Free (Trinity Gaels), G Ryan (Na Fianna), S Grimes (Lucan Sarsfields); S Duff (Good Counsel), M Kelly (Lucan Sarsfields), G Smyth (St Jude's); C Canning (St Vincent's, 0-1), E Maher (St Jude's); E Flanagan (Lucan Sarsfields, 0-1), G Kelly (Faughs/Celtic, 0-7, 4f, 1p, 1 45), A McGrath (Thomas Davis); E Gallery (Portobello, 0-3), K Farrell (Good Counsel, 0-2), L Quinn (St Oliver Plunkett's/ER, 0-1). Subs used: R Collins (St Vincent's, 1-0), E Keenan (Lucan Sarsfields), C McGough (Kilmacud Crokes), E Keatley (Na Fianna), C McCullogh (Na Fianna).