Thursday 23 November 2017

Carthy to the fore as Dubs stay on march


Dublin strolled to victory at Parnell Park against a Longford side who had three men sent off in the second half.

The reigning champions dominated the early exchanges, with Shane Carthy impressing at centre-field. Two early scores from David Campbell and Shane Cunningham preceded the game's opening goal, as dual player Conor McHugh calmly finished off a pass from Niall Scully in the eighth minute.

Although Larry Moran replied a minute later, Dublin maintained their momentum with scores from Carthy, Cunningham, Campbell and Robbie Gaughan helping them to a 1-9 to 0-3 interval lead.


Longford were rocked by the 40th-minute dismissal of Liam O'Sullivan.

Moran swooped for a fine goal in the 49th minute to give Longford some hope, but the corner-forward's sending-off for a second booking four minutes later effectively sealed their fate.

Gaughan struck a glorious goal six minutes from time, while Cian Farrelly's second yellow card in the 58th minute completed a miserable afternoon for the midlanders.

Scorers -- Dublin: C McHugh 1-2 (1f), R Gaughan 1-1, D Campbell 0-3 (1f), Shane Cunningham, S Carthy, N Walsh, C Costello (1f) 0-2. Longford: L Moran 1-1 (1f), R O'Connor (1f) 0-2, A McElliott, C Mallon 0-1 each.

Dublin -- L Molloy; E Fletcher, D Byrne, B Bentley; M Mac Donncha, C Mulally, G Burke; S Carthy, Stephen Cunningham; N Scully, Shane Cunningham, N Walsh; R Gaughan, D Campbell, C McHugh. Subs: R McGowan for Bentley (38), C Costello for Campbell (43), J Fitzgibbon for Gaughan (55), T Quinn for Mac Donncha (56), M Deegan for McHugh (60).

Longford -- C Farrell; J Gill, C Farrelly, M Mulligan; S Clarke, A McElliott, L O'Sullivan; T Jackson, D McGiveny; R McNereny, P McTernan, C Mallon; L Moran, R O'Connor, A Dalton. Subs: G O'Connell for Jackson (19), B Walsh for Mc Nereny and L Connerton for O'Connor (36), K Farrell for McTernan (47), M Gorman for McElliott (58).

Ref -- G Whelan (Wicklow)

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