Archer on song once more as Dublin pass Galway test
Dublin 2-14 Galway 1-10
A strong start and conclusion proved key for Dublin as they advanced to the final of the Eirgrid All-Ireland U-20 Football Championship following a deserved seven-point win over Galway in Pearse Park on Saturday afternoon.
The Leinster champions raced out of the blocks thanks to a brace of goals in the opening five minutes by the prolific Ciarán Archer and while Galway fought back well to level matters by the 42nd minute, Dublin regained their control to cruise home by the final whistle.
The Dubs could not have asked for a better start and after Archer edged them in front by converting a third-minute free, he showcased his full repertoire with a stunning finish past Oran Burke a minute later.
Matters deteriorated for the Connacht champions as an innocuous looking delivery from deep failed to be dealt with by a ragged Galway defence and Archer's subsequent finish to the net was as precise as it was inevitable.
Galway gradually began to settle, opening their own account through Tony Gill in the 13th minute and their deficit was down to just two points when Brian Harlowe picked his spot superbly in the 17th minute after a wonderful team move instigated by the impressive Liam Boyle.
Dublin bounced back well from that concession, with a brace of Ross McGarry points reaffirming their control and a Brian O'Leary point in the 30th minute ensured a healthy 2-6 to 1-4 interval lead for the Dubs.
However, their momentum stalled upon the restart, with Galway dominating matters around the middle third and a sequence of five unanswered points shared by Pádraig Costello, Rory Cunningham and Gill helped ensure parity by the 42nd minute.
Dublin failed to buckle, with Sean Lambe and James Doran increasingly influential, and they regained their dominance thanks to points by Archer, David Lacey and O'Leary.
A sublime save from David O'Hanlon ensured Dublin were not to be denied as they pulled away by the end with increasing ease.
Scorers - Dublin: C Archer 2-6 (4f); R McGarry 0-3; B O'Leary 0-2; N O'Leary, J Doran, D Lacey 0-1 each. Galway: P Costello (2f), D Gill 0-3 each; B Harlowe 1-0; R Cunningham 0-2; L Boyle, M Tierney 0-1 each.
Dublin - D O'Hanlon; D Maher, D Newcombe, E O'Dea; K Kennedy, N Matthews, S Lambe; P Ó Cofaigh Byrne, D Ryan; N O'Leary, K Lynch Bissett, J Doran; B O'Leary, C Archer, R McGarry. Subs: D Lacey for Ryan (44), A Lynch for Maher (44), H Ladd for B O'Leary (62).
Galway - O Burke; R Mahon, S Mulkerrin, E McFadden; L Boyle, C Potter, J Kirrane; M Barrett, B Harlowe; M Tierney, L Costello, T Gill; D Silke, P Costello, R Cunningham. Subs: J Glynn for Kirrane (7), C Newell for Harlowe (27), C Campbell for Potter (40), M O'Brien for Silke (48), E Mannion for Gill (51), B O'Connell for L Costello (57).
REF - P Hughes (Armagh)