Wednesday 17 October 2018

Young duo give Jim Gavin something to think about with impressive display in Dublin win

Dublin 2-18 Dubs Stars 2-15

Dublin captain Colm Basquel with the cup after the Annual Dub Stars Football Challenge match between Dublin and Dub Stars at St Vincent's GAA Club in Dublin. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
Dublin captain Colm Basquel with the cup after the Annual Dub Stars Football Challenge match between Dublin and Dub Stars at St Vincent's GAA Club in Dublin. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
23 December 2017; Dublin manager Jim Gavin, centre, during the Annual Dub Stars Football Challenge match between Dublin and Dub Stars at St Vincent's GAA Club in Dublin. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
23 December 2017; Dublin coach Paul Clarke. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
23 December 2017; Dub Stars goalkeeper Michael Savage in action against Colm Basquel of Dublin during the Annual Dub Stars Football Challenge match between Dublin and Dub Stars at St Vincent's GAA Club in Dublin. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
23 December 2017; Colm Basquel of Dublin has his shot saved by Dub Stars goalkeeper Michael Savage during the Annual Dub Stars Football Challenge match between Dublin and Dub Stars at St Vincent's GAA Club in Dublin. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
23 December 2017; Aaron Elliott of Dub Stars in action against Emmett Ó Conghaile of Dublin during the Annual Dub Stars Football Challenge match between Dublin and Dub Stars at St Vincent's GAA Club in Dublin. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
23 December 2017; Aaron Byrne of Dublin in action against Jarlath Curley of Dub Stars during the Annual Dub Stars Football Challenge match between Dublin and Dub Stars at St Vincent's GAA Club in Dublin. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
23 December 2017; Jason Whelan of Dub Stars in action against Seán McMahon of Dublin during the Annual Dub Stars Football Challenge match between Dublin and Dub Stars at St Vincent's GAA Club in Dublin. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
23 December 2017; Aaron Byrne of Dublin in action against Richie Downey of Dub Stars during the Annual Dub Stars Football Challenge match between Dublin and Dub Stars at St Vincent's GAA Club in Dublin. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
23 December 2017; Dublin manager Jim Gavin during the Annual Dub Stars Football Challenge match between Dublin and Dub Stars at St Vincent's GAA Club in Dublin. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
23 December 2017; Dublin manager Jim Gavin during the Annual Dub Stars Football Challenge match between Dublin and Dub Stars at St Vincent's GAA Club in Dublin. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
23 December 2017; Dublin manager Jim Gavin during the Annual Dub Stars Football Challenge match between Dublin and Dub Stars at St Vincent's GAA Club in Dublin. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
23 December 2017; Dublin manager Pat Gilroy, left, with selector Mickey Whelan during the Annual Dub Stars Hurling Challenge match between Dublin and Dub Stars at St Vincent's GAA Club in Dublin. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
23 December 2017; John Hetherton of Dublin in action against Kevin Hetherton of Dub Stars during the Annual Dub Stars Hurling Challenge match between Dublin and Dub Stars at St Vincent's GAA Club in Dublin. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
23 December 2017; Dublin manager Pat Gilroy, left, with selector Mickey Whelan before the Annual Dub Stars Hurling Challenge match between Dublin and Dub Stars at St Vincent's GAA Club in Dublin. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
23 December 2017; Dublin coach Anthony Cunningham before the Annual Dub Stars Hurling Challenge match between Dublin and Dub Stars at St Vincent's GAA Club in Dublin. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
23 December 2017; Dublin coach Anthony Cunningham before the Annual Dub Stars Hurling Challenge match between Dublin and Dub Stars at St Vincent's GAA Club in Dublin. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
23 December 2017; Dublin manager Pat Gilroy before the Annual Dub Stars Hurling Challenge match between Dublin and Dub Stars at St Vincent's GAA Club in Dublin. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
23 December 2017; John McCaffrey of Dub Stars in action against Paul Crummey of Dublin during the Annual Dub Stars Hurling Challenge match between Dublin and Dub Stars at St Vincent's GAA Club in Dublin. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
23 December 2017; John McCaffrey of Dub Stars in action against Paul Crummey of Dublin during the Annual Dub Stars Hurling Challenge match between Dublin and Dub Stars at St Vincent's GAA Club in Dublin. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
23 December 2017; John Hetherton of Dublin in action against Kevin Hetherton of Dub Stars during the Annual Dub Stars Hurling Challenge match between Dublin and Dub Stars at St Vincent's GAA Club in Dublin. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
23 December 2017; Spectators look on during the Annual Dub Stars Hurling Challenge match between Dublin and Dub Stars at St Vincent's GAA Club in Dublin. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
23 December 2017; Tom Connolly of Dublin in action against Paul O'Dea of Dub Stars during the Annual Dub Stars Hurling Challenge match between Dublin and Dub Stars at St Vincent's GAA Club in Dublin.
23 December 2017; Paul Crummey of Dublin in action against Niall Corcoran of Dub Stars, left, as Gavin King, bottom, and Peter Feeney look on during the Annual Dub Stars Hurling Challenge match between Dublin and Dub Stars at St Vincent's GAA Club in Dublin. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
23 December 2017; Niall Corcoran of Dub Stars in action against Robbie Mahon of Dublin during the Annual Dub Stars Hurling Challenge match between Dublin and Dub Stars at St Vincent's GAA Club in Dublin. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
23 December 2017; Niall Corcoran of Dub Stars during the Annual Dub Stars Hurling Challenge match between Dublin and Dub Stars at St Vincent's GAA Club in Dublin. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
23 December 2017; Paul Crummey of Dublin in action against Chris Crummy of Dub Stars during the Annual Dub Stars Hurling Challenge match between Dublin and Dub Stars at St Vincent's GAA Club in Dublin. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
23 December 2017; Dublin manager Pat Gilroy during the Annual Dub Stars Hurling Challenge match between Dublin and Dub Stars at St Vincent's GAA Club in Dublin. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
23 December 2017; Dublin manager Pat Gilroy during the Annual Dub Stars Hurling Challenge match between Dublin and Dub Stars at St Vincent's GAA Club in Dublin. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
23 December 2017; Alan Nolan of Dublin during the Annual Dub Stars Hurling Challenge match between Dublin and Dub Stars at St Vincent's GAA Club in Dublin. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
23 December 2017; John McCaffrey of Dub Stars during the Annual Dub Stars Hurling Challenge match between Dublin and Dub Stars at St Vincent's GAA Club in Dublin. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
23 December 2017; Dub Stars captain Niall Corcoran with the cup after the Annual Dub Stars Hurling Challenge match between Dublin and Dub Stars at St Vincent's GAA Club in Dublin. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
23 December 2017; Dublin manager Pat Gilroy during the Annual Dub Stars Hurling Challenge match between Dublin and Dub Stars at St Vincent's GAA Club in Dublin. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
23 December 2017; Dublin manager Pat Gilroy during the Annual Dub Stars Hurling Challenge match between Dublin and Dub Stars at St Vincent's GAA Club in Dublin. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

Daire Walsh

Aaron Byrne and Colm Basquel produced impressive displays at St Vincent’s GAA Club on Saturday afternoon, when Jim Gavin’s Dublin secured the spoils in the latest Dublin Bus/Herald Dubs Stars football encounter.

Fine scores by former county star Tomas Quinn and Niall Coakley had helped the Dubs Stars to develop an early advantage, but following excellent approach play by Killian O’Gara (brother of Dublin senior Eoghan) in the 20th-minute, Byrne brilliantly claimed the opening goal of the contest.

Byrne also found the back of the Stars net five minutes later, and thanks to subsequent points from Basquel (two) and the lively Adam Rogers, the All-Ireland champions developed a 2-8 to 0-8 interval cushion.

This annual fixture was brought forward because of the early start to the new GAA inter-county season, and though they were playing without their first-choice selection, Dublin pushed on after the restart. O’Gara, Byrne, Basquel and Ryan Deegan were all on target during a strong purple patch, before the Stars fired back with a 47th-minute goal by Ballymun Kickhams attacker Jason Whelan.

Dublin settled once again with well-worked scores by Glen O’Reilly and Colin Doyle, and while a Pat Burke three-pointer kick-started a late onslaught from the Stars, Dublin held out for a deserved triumph.

Scorers

Dublin: A Byrne 2-1, C Basquel 0-5 (1f), A Rogers 0-4, C Doyle 0-2, S Carthy (f), G O’Reilly (f), G Seaver, E O Conghaile, K O’Gara, R Deegan 0-1 each.

Dubs Stars: P Burke 1-2 (0-1f), J Whelan 1-1, T Quinn 0-4 (3f), N Coakley 0-3 (1f), O Kelly, M Tighe 0-2 each, F Duffy 0-1.

DUBLIN: A Bunyan; R McGowan, S McMahon, G Hannigan; D Devereux, B Howard, G Seaver; S Ryan, S Carthy; C Basquel, E O Conghaile, K Callaghan; A Byrne, K O’Gara, A Rogers.

Subs: D Downey, R Deegan, C Doyle, E O’Brien, C Sallier, G O’Reilly.

DUBS STARS: M Savage; C Wilson, J Curley, M Fitzsimons; C Keeley, G Brennan, O Kelly; A Elliott, R Downey; M Sweeney, J Whelan, K Doherty; P Burke, N Coakley, T Quinn.

Subs: JB Carthy, D Kennedy, M Tighe, F Duffy, E O’Connell, D McGuinness.

Referee: D O’Connor (Fingal Ravens).

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