Saturday 24 February 2018

Dublin hurlers end 52-year wait for Leinster title

7 July 2013 Dublin fans from St Pats GAA club, Palmerstown, celebrate after the match. Leinster Senior Hurling Championship Final, Galway v Dublin. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Caroline Quinn
7 July 2013 Dublin fans from St Pats GAA club, Palmerstown, celebrate after the match. Leinster Senior Hurling Championship Final, Galway v Dublin. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Caroline Quinn
7 July 2013 Dublin player Peter Kelly's family celebrate after the match: l-r Josephine Kelly (mother), Martin Kelly (brother), Laura Flanagan (girlfriend of Peter), Martin Kelly (father) and friends Daniel Tomney and Amy Tomney, all from Lucan. Leinster Senior Hurling Championship Final, Galway v Dublin. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Caroline Quinn
Dublin Peter Kelly Galway Joe Canning
7 July 2013 Dublin fans, sisters and Dublin Ladies Footballers Ciara Ruddy, left, and Rachel Ruddy celebrate after the match. Leinster Senior Hurling Championship Final, Galway v Dublin. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Caroline Quinn
Peter Kelly Saves a Joe Canning Shot on Goal
Dublin Ryan Dwyer Galway Shane Kavanagh
Dublin Ryan Dwyer Galway Shane Kavanagh
Dublin hurlers celebrate their win with the Bob O'Keeffe trophy

John McCaffrey became the first Dublin captain to lift the Bob O'Keeffe trophy as Anthony Daly's men powered to a 2-25 to 2-13 win at Croke Park.

With 2-21 from play and nine different scorers  the Dubs were full value for their win.

Paul Ryan and David O'Callaghan terrorised Galway from the outset while Conal Keaney was outstanding under the high ball.

Galway couldn't live with Dublin's intensity and were heavily reliant on Joe Canning and will have to improve greatly for the All-Ireland quarter-final.

Joe Canning and Paul Ryan swapped early frees before Dotsy O'Callaghan and Conor Cooney exchanged points from play.

Paul Ryan had a great chance to put Dublin ahead from a free but opted to go for goal and his effort was blocked on the goal-line.

The Tribesmen hit the front through Iarlaith Tannion but Ryan equalised before O'Callaghan lashed on a breaking ball that went over the bar from eight yards out and could easily have hit the net.

Joe Canning was winning every ball pucked in his direction and levelled matters on 12 minutes.

Beautiful hands from Conal Keaney set up Ryan O'Dwyer to put Daly's men back in front and Paul Ryan's third point of the game doubled their advantage as his side were showing no ill effects of playing for the fifth consecutive week.

Dublin were pressurising Galway throughout the field and Conal Keaney was next on the scoresheet.

Dotsy O'Callaghan was terrorising the Galway defence and fired Dublin into a five-point lead before James Regan scored from distance.

John McCaffrey responded with a point immediately and Anthony Cunningham's charges were looking undercooked and James Regan was replaced in midfield by Andy Smith.

The Dubs were in control and were further in fron on 24 minutes when O'Callaghan squared the ball for Paul Ryan who blasted past James Skehill for the games opening goal and Ryan O'Dwyer's point a minute later had the Dubs in a 1-11 to 0-5 lead.

Both sides traded scores as Dublin held on to their handsome lead before Canning scored a free and then had another ruled out by Hawkeye as Dublin led by 1-12 to 0-7 at the break.

Damien Hayes and Aidan Harte cam on at the break for Iarlath Tannion and Cyril Donnelan at the break and Galway began the second half with a Joe Canning free.

A superb score from play from the big Galway full-forward but Paul Ryan cancelled it out with a fine score of his own and then fired over a free from his own 65.

Ryan's tremendous form continued when seized on Conal Keaney's hooked effort before shrugging off Kevin Hynes and blasting to the net.

Michael Carton added another fine score before Joe Canning had a rasping 21 yard free blocked off the line.

Gary Maguire made a fine save but Galway had the consolation of an Aidan Harte point in the 45th minute but the Tribesmen still trailed by 11 points.

Dotsy O'Callaghan's fourth point from play extended Dublin's lead.

Galway were in dire need of a goal and Joe Canning provided it in the 50th minute after shrugging off the attention of three defenders.

Ryan O'Dwyer gave Dublin an instant response with another towering score.

Galway needed something special to get back in the game and David Burke conjured a candidate for goal of the season.

As after the Canning goal, Dublin responded with the next score a fabulous Joey Boland point.

Canning and Keaney swapped points before Jonathan Glynn put six points between  the sides.

It looked like there could have been a grandstand finish but it never transpired as James Skehill and Gary Maguire pulled off amazing saves before the Dubs powered to victory with five unanswered points.

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