Friday 20 July 2018

Basquel and Byrne on top form to sink Dubs Stars

Dublin 2-18 Dubs Stars 2-15, Páirc Naomh Uinsionn

Colm Basquel of Dublin in action against Ger Brennan of Dub Stars. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
Colm Basquel of Dublin in action against Ger Brennan of Dub Stars. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

Aaron Byrne and Colm Basquel produced impressive displays at St Vincent's yesterday afternoon as Jim Gavin's Dublin secured the spoils in the latest Dublin Bus/Herald Dubs Stars football encounter.

Fine scores by former county star Tomás Quinn and Niall Coakley had helped the Dubs Stars to develop an early advantage, but following excellent approach play by Killian O'Gara, brother of Dublin senior Eoghan, in the 20th minute, Byrne brilliantly claimed the opening goal of the contest.

Dublin captain Colm Basquel, centre, and his team-mates with the cup after the Annual Dub Stars Football Challenge match between Dublin and Dub Stars at St Vincent's GAA Club in Dublin. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
Dublin captain Colm Basquel, centre, and his team-mates with the cup after the Annual Dub Stars Football Challenge match between Dublin and Dub Stars at St Vincent's GAA Club in Dublin. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

Byrne also found the back of the Stars net five minutes later, and thanks to subsequent points from Basquel (two) and the lively Adam Rogers, the All-Ireland champions developed a 2-8 to 0-8 interval cushion.

This annual fixture was brought forward because of the early start to the new GAA inter-county season, and though they were playing without their first-choice selection, Dublin pushed on after the restart. O'Gara, Byrne, Basquel and Ryan Deegan were all on target during a purple patch, before the Stars fired back with a 47th-minute goal by Ballymun Kickhams attacker Jason Whelan.

Dublin settled once again with well-worked scores by Glen O'Reilly and Colin Doyle, and while a Pat Burke three-pointer started a late onslaught from the Stars, Dublin held out for a deserved triumph.

Dubs Stars 1-24
Dublin 0-21

New Dublin hurling manager Pat Gilroy was well pleased with yesterday's annual Dublin Bus/Herald offering on his home turf of Páirc Naomh Uinsionn.

Cillian Costello of Dublin in action against Peter Feeney of Dub Stars during the Annual Dub Stars Hurling Challenge match Photo: Sportsfile
Cillian Costello of Dublin in action against Peter Feeney of Dub Stars during the Annual Dub Stars Hurling Challenge match Photo: Sportsfile

"It was a very competitive game for this time of the year," said Gilroy following a brisk 70 minutes in the Marino chill.

Alan Moore's early goal proved vital for the Stars, who had Chris Crummey and Paul Winters in impressive form.

The Stars led 1-11 to 0-13 at the interval. Fionn O Riain Broin struck some neat points for Dublin, while Cillian Costello also impressed.

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