Sunday 22 September 2019

McHugh rises to challenge for the Sky Blues

Dublin 3-19 Dubs Stars (Football) 1-14

Darren Gavin of Dublin gets past Mark Sweeney of Dubs Stars. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
Darren Gavin of Dublin gets past Mark Sweeney of Dubs Stars. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

Daire Walsh

Conor McHugh and Oisin Lynch contributed a combined haul of 3-8 to guide Dublin towards a comprehensive victory in the annual Dubs Stars football challenge at Páirc Barróg on Saturday.

With six All-Ireland SFC titles to his name, Kevin McManamon was the star attraction on the Dubs Stars side - a selection based of the finest club talent in the 2018 Dublin club championship.

Jack Hazley of Dublin in action against Andrew McGowan of Dubs Stars. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
Jack Hazley of Dublin in action against Andrew McGowan of Dubs Stars. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

While it was a largely experimental Sky Blues outfit, Gavin was able to call upon the services of senior panellists Andy Bunyan, Conor Mullally and the aforementioned McHugh.

After the Na Fianna attacker's opening-minute free was cancelled by McManamon, Dublin added unanswered points through Cormac Diamond, Lynch and midfielder Cormac Howley.

SCORERS - Dublin: O Lynch 2-3; C McHugh 1-5 (0-2f); C Howley 0-4; C Diamond, J Hazley 0-3 each; A Byrne 0-1. Dubs Stars: K McManamon, R Basquel 0-4 each; M McCarthy 1-0; S Bugler 0-2; T Lahiff, S Horan, S Smith, G Brennan 0-1 each.

DUBLIN - A Bunyan; R McDaid, S McMahon, CJ Smith; R Gaughan, C Mullally, D Monaghan; C Howley, D Gavin; C Diamond, A Byrne, S Boland; O Lynch, J Hazley, C McHugh. Subs: M Shields, N Doran, E Finn, C Murphy.

Conor McHugh of Dublin in action against Kevin McManamon of Dubs Stars. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
Conor McHugh of Dublin in action against Kevin McManamon of Dubs Stars. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

DUBS STARS - D Nestor; L Flatman, A McGowan, A Fallon; C O'Connor, C Guckian, T Lahiff; A Waters, M Sweeney; S Horan, S Bugler, K McManamon; S Smith, R Basquel, M McCarthy. Subs: L Mailey, G Brennan, T Quinn, R Ryan.

Ref - S McCarthy (St Vincent's).

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Stephen Smith of Dubs Stars in action against Dublin goalkeeper Andy Bunyan. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
Stephen Smith of Dubs Stars in action against Dublin goalkeeper Andy Bunyan. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
Tom Lahiff of Dubs Stars in action against Cormac Diamond of Dublin. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
Tom Lahiff of Dubs Stars in action against Cormac Diamond of Dublin. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

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