Friday 23 February 2018

Kilkenny blitz sees Dubs bounce back

Leinster MFC Qualifier

Ruaidhri O'Connor

Ruaidhri O'Connor

Dublin's minors set up a rematch with Kildare as they swept Louth aside with some ease at Parnell Park.

Val Andrews' side now have a month to address the issues that saw them lose in Newbridge last week and require this qualifier, but there was plenty to encourage the management in a comfortable victory.

Highly rated full-forward Ciaran Kilkenny impressed in scoring 1-8 (6f), while Fergal Duffy was excellent in dictating the play, having been switched to centre-forward. But sterner tests than this await.

It was Duffy who made the first dent in the visitors' resistance with a clever finish after Donagh McCabe's line ball found him in plenty of space. That put Dublin 1-2 to 0-2 in front and while Alan Lynch narrowed the gap with a 10th-minute point, Louth wouldn't score again for more than half an hour.

By the time they did, they were 3-10 to 0-4 down. Kilkenny had kicked three frees before the break, before Duffy's point attempt came down off the post and McCabe slotted Dublin's second goal. Three more Kilkenny points kept the scoreboard ticking over after the interval. Sean Stewart beat Kevin Brennan with a delayed shot before Kilkenny finished it off with his goal.

SCORERS -- Dublin: C Kilkenny 1-8 (6f), F Duffy 1-1, D McCabe, S Stewart 1-0 each, A Caffrey 0-2. Louth: D Grimes (1f), A Lynch (1f) 0-2 each, P Clarke 0-1.

DUBLIN -- JB Carthy; M Durkin, D Shatwell, J Small; M Gibbs, L Fletcher, A Fallon; JJ Martin, P O'Curry; E O Conghaile, F Duffy, A Caffrey; S Stewart, C Kilkenny, D McCabe. Subs: J Russell Carroll for O Conghaile (40 mins), N McGovern for Gibbs (50), P Maguire for Kilkenny (50), S Fitzsimons for O'Curry (53), E Boyne for Durkin (57).

LOUTH -- K Brennan; A Williams, C McEvoy, T Woods; N O'Callaghan, S McMahon, E Duffy; T McKenna, D McConnell; M Keane, D Grimes, S Donnelly; P Clarke, A Lynch, A Quigley. Subs: P Reilly for Donnelly (46), P Kirwan for Quigley (46), R Murphy for O'Callaghan (54).

REF -- F De Barra (Kildare).

Irish Independent

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