Friday 23 February 2018

Brogan's late point earns Dublin a draw on his return

Dublin 1-16 Galway 1-16

Paddy Andrews of Dublin
Paddy Andrews of Dublin

Alan Brogan made his return to action as Skerries Harps opened their new clubhouse yesterday.

The 33-year-old marked his first start of 2015 with four points, including a late equaliser, ensuring a share of the spoils after a very competitive encounter.

Dublin claimed to a 0-6 to 0-3 lead after 19 minutes, with home club hero Harry Dawson firing two early scores.

Paddy Andrews, Brogan and Emmet O Conghaile were also on target in those opening stages, but a 21st-minute Shane Walsh goal brought Galway back into contention.

Galway were strongest in the second quarter, with man-of-the-match Danny Cummins, Ian Burke and Paul Conroy on target as they led by 1-7 to 0-9 at half-time.

Galway moved three points clear on the restart, but Dublin scored five of the next six points.

A trio of Michael Martin scores, coupled with points from Michael Lundy and Paddy Naughton, pushed Galway 1-16 to 0-14 ahead with five minutes remaining.

Dublin dug deep with substitute Philly Ryan netting a 66th-minute goal, before late points from St Vincent's Shane Carthy and Brogan ensured a share of the spoils.

There will be some concerns for Galway manager Kevin Walsh ahead of their Connacht Championship opener in a fortnight against New York.

SCORERS - Dublin: E O Conghaile 0-1, A Brogan 0-4, H Dawson 0-5 (2f), C Reddin, P Andrews 0-3, P Ryan 1-2, S Carthy 0-1. Galway: P Naughton 0-1, P Conroy 0-2 (2f),S Walsh 1-2, M Lundy 0-1, I Burke 0-2, D Cummins 0-4, M Martin 0-4.

DUBLIN - S Currie; M Fitzsimons, K Nolan, E Culligan; N Devereux, D Daly, D Byrne; C O'Sullivan, T Brady; E Ó Conghaile, A Brogan, B Fenton; H Dawson, C Reddin, P Andrews. Subs: G Hannigan for O'Sullivan (21); P Ryan for Byrne (HT); H Gill for Culligan (HT); S Carthy for Fenton (43); J Curley for Daly (53); A Cullinan for Currie (53); E Culligan for Nolan (61).

GALWAY - B O'Donoghue; P Naughton, F Hanley, C Sweeney; S Denvir, J Duane, L Silke; P Conroy, F O Curraoin; G Sice, S Walsh, M Lundy; I Burke, P Sweeney, D Cummins. Subs: G O'Donnell for Duane (9); P Varley for Flynn, M Martin for P Sweeney, A Varley for Hanley, E Hoare for O Curraoin (all HT); T Healy for O'Donoghue (41); C Healy for Sice (54); D Kyne for Conroy (57).

REF - C Reilly (Meath).

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