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Maguire points way for Blues

A RAINBOW drifted in across the Firhouse Road at lunchtime yesterday. Down on the turf, Denis Murphy kept urging his players to keep on the move - it wasn't an afternoon for loitering without intent.

DUBLIN ............................... 0-13

DUBS STARS .......................... 0-8

The boss man was pleased with the day's work. "Between the two teams, our squad got a good, competitive outing, which is great. And for this time of the year, I felt it was a decent enough match," remarked Denis.

The rain held off. There was a testing breeze and, in racing language, the going was good to soft. The spectators enjoyed the hour which was tied on four occasions.

In the words of Dubs Stars mentor, Brendan Cooper, days like this are for brushing away the cobwebs. But there was no rust on Aisling Carolan's stick when she arrowed over one of the best points of the duel in the second half.

Carolan had come back into the action after taking a heavy tumble in the first half when she collided with the sideline fence. Her forward colleagues, Ali Maguire, Mairi Moynihan and Jane Tully also landed a cluster of tasty darts.

Fiona Hayes was commanding in the centre half-back position for Dublin, while for the Dubs Stars, Grainne Quinn and Sarah Ryan impressed in defence. They weren't slow to burst out through the traffic.

Louise O'Hara brought along her trusty bag of tricks. As yet another season dawns, O'Hara's enduring brilliance is a wonder of the ages.

Of the newer generation, Ali Twomey's first half score had them turning up the volume on Songs of Praise. Elaine Gallery also had the sliotar humming. Gallery is a forward from the old school. She doesn't waste possession and she protects it better than most. Once in the opening period, wide on the right, she was surrounded yet still managed to nudge the sliotar into a more favourable location.

Twomey's strike contributed to the Dubs Stars' most fruitful spell when they hit six points without reply to lead 0-6 to 0-5 at the break. They were level three times following the interval, but six points on the bounce brought Dublin safely into harbour. Those points coming from Maguire (2), Tully, Aisling McDonald, Carolan and Claire Rigney.

SCORERS -- Dublin: A Maguire 0-3 (3f), M Moynihan (1f, 1 45), J Tully 0-2 each, C Rigney, A Carolan, A Fanning, R Collins, A Maher, A McDonald 0-1 each. Dubs Stars: L O'Hara 0-3 (1f), A Griffin 0-2, A Twomey, A Fitzpatrick, A Murphy 0-1 each.

DUBLIN: H Cosgrave; E O'Leary, L McSweeney, A Ryan; E McCarthy, F Hayes, C Rigney; M Moynihan, L Twomey; A Carolan, A Maguire, A Fanning; A Maher, A Kelly, R Collins. Subs used: A Dowling, J Tully, A McDonald.

DUBS STARS: S Nic Coitir; E O'Meara, G Quinn, E White; A Brien, S Ryan, D Smith; S McGrath, L O'Hara; A Twomey, A Fitzpatrick, A Griffin; E Elliott, A Murphy, E Gallery. Subs used: K Whyte, F Ni Shuilleabhain, L Byrne, S Grimes, C McGough.

REF: D Noble (St Oliver Plunkett's/ER).