Sport Gaelic Football

Saturday 17 March 2018

Ivory key man as Dubs cruise

Dublin 0-10
Longford 0-5

Gavin Ivory was the star of the show with five points as Dublin eased to victory in a lacklustre contest at Pearse Park on Saturday.

Both sides struggled to cope with the gale-force winds.

Dublin controlled the exchanges for extended periods of the opening half hour, with Emmet O'Conghaile and Ciaran Kilkenny providing much of the firepower in attack.

Despite playing with the advantage of the wind in the first half, Longford found it extremely difficult to break down the Dublin defence, registering just two points from play.

The visitors were more clinical early on and on 10 minutes, they held a one-point lead.

With the sides deadlocked at three points apiece at the interval, Dublin soon found their stride and upped the tempo considerably.

Nine minutes after the restart the visitors created a golden goal opportunity when O'Conghaile found himself in a glorious position, but Longford goalkeeper Gareth Higgins read the flight of the pass perfectly and forced him to fire his shot over the crossbar.

Dublin increased their advantage to three points when full-forward Ivory raised the white flag for the fifth occasion.

And further points from Cormac Costello and Jack McCaffrey put the Sky Blues beyond the reach of their off-colour hosts.

Scorers -- Dublin: G Ivory 0-5 (2 '45s'), C Kilkenny 0-2 (1f), J McCaffrey, E O'Conghaile, C Costello 0-1 each. Longford: R Smyth 0-3 (2f), B McKeon, J McGivney (f ) 0-1 each.

Dublin -- R O'Hanlon; G Hannigan, R McDaid, E Boyne; J McCaffrey, J Small, R Real; E O'Conghaile, P O'Higgins; E Lowndes, C Killenny, C Meaney; S Fulham, G Ivory, D Campbell. Subs: R Mullins for E Lowndes (45), C Costello for D Campbell (48), A O'Brien for S Fulham (59).

Longford --G Higgins; M McHugh, B O'Farrell, J Gill; S Clarke, B Collum, C Farrelly; R Smyth, T Jackson; D Mimnagh, C Clarke, C Lynn; B KcKeon, J McGivney, B Walsh. Subs: R McNerney for C Lynn (31), M Mulligan for S Clarke (51), P Gill for T Jackson (58), G Maguire for B Walsh (63), A Dalton for J Gill (66).

Ref -- F Smith (Offaly).

Irish Independent

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