Wednesday 17 January 2018

Dublin recover from slow start against Antrim to set up Walsh Cup date with Davy

DUBLIN 4-16 ANTRIM 0-17

7 January 2018; Alan Moore of Dublin in action against David Kearney of Antrim during the Bord na Mona Walsh Cup Group 2 Third Round match between Dublin and Antrim at Parnell Park in Dublin. Photo by David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile
7 January 2018; Alan Moore of Dublin in action against David Kearney of Antrim during the Bord na Mona Walsh Cup Group 2 Third Round match between Dublin and Antrim at Parnell Park in Dublin. Photo by David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile
Conor McKeon

Conor McKeon

DUBLIN are through to the semi-finals of this year’s Walsh Cup with a 4-16 to 0-17 win over Antrim in Parnell Park today.

Pat Gilroy’s team, 11 of whom were involved in heavy challenge match defeat to Tipperary just 24 hours previously in Thurles, started sluggishly and trailed their fellow Division 1B side by 0-5 to no score after seven minutes, chiefly through the free-taking of Neil McManus.

Goals from Paul Crummey and Paul Winters settled them, however, and Dublin went on to lead by 2-9 to 0-9 at the break.

In the second-half, Alan Moore – who was centrally involved in Winters’ goal – got two of his own, and the St. Vincent’s man finished the game with 2-1.

Robbie Mahon, who played in the opposite corner, pitched in with 0-6 as Antrim were left to rely heavily on McManus’ accuracy from placed-balls.

Dublin will face Davy Fitzgerald's Wexford back in Parnell Park next Sunday in the competition’s semi-final.

SCORERS – Dublin: P Winters 1-4 (0-3f), A Moore 2-1, R Mahon 0-6 (2f, 1’65), P Crummey 1-1, D Gray 0-3, J McCaffrey 0-1. Antrim: N McManus 0-11 (10f), C Johnston 0-2, N Elliott, G Walsh, C McCann, C Clarke (f) 0-1 each.

DUBLIN: G Maguire; P Smyth, B O’Carroll, C Hendricken; S Barrett, D Kelly, C Crummey; J McCaffrey, T Connolly; C Costello, D Gray, P Crummey; A Moore, P Winters, R Mahon. Subs: R Smith for Connolly (26 inj), C McBride for Winters (44 inj), S Ó Riain for P Crummey (49), C Ryan for Costello (51),

ANTRIM: C O’Connell; D Kearney, A Graffin, S Rooney; C McKinley, J Maskey, J Dillon; N McManus, C Johnston; N Elliott, G Walsh, C McCann; J McNaughton, C Carson, C Clarke. Subs: E O’Neill for Carson (41), J Connelly for Clarke (51), M Connolly for McCann (57), C Boyd for Dillon (65), D McCloskey for Elliott (71)

REF: P Murphy (Carlow)

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