Dub cubs O'Sullivan and Burke shine
Two minor graduates look to have made a seamless transition into Dublin's senior hurling set-up, if last night's clash in Parnell Park is anything to go by.
Dublin 2-26 UCD 0-21
Donal Burke led the scoring onslaught with a towering 1-10, including four points from play, while Cian O'Sullivan tallied 1-1 during his 35 minutes on the field.
Na Fianna's Burke and St Brigid's teenager O'Sullivan were members of last year's Leinster winning minor outfit. By half-time, they had shared 1-9 of Dublin's 1-15 tally as the hosts recovered from a tepid start to race into a seven-point lead.
Backed by a strong wind, the students were quickly into their stride with a hat-trick of points. They still led by 0-5 to 0-2 after 12 minutes, all bar one of those scores coming from DJ Foran, their livewire All-Ireland U-21 winner from Waterford.
Burke was central to Dublin's recovery: he landed their first five scores, all from placed balls, to tie the game. This was followed by a quartet of eye-catching points from play - via O'Sullivan, a Niall McMorrow brace and Caolán Conway - to complete a run of seven unanswered scores.
The gap widened when O'Sullivan's soaring high catch was followed by a direct run on goal and unstoppable angled finish. It was a second goal in two Walsh Cup appearances for O'Sullivan - one of four Dubs to bow out at the break as Cunningham set about emptying his bench.
UCD rallied for a period, but they never edged closer than five points as the Quinn twins, Alex and Ben, along with Conway took their tallies to 0-3.
Victory was already assured before Seán Ó Riain was hauled down for a stonewall Dublin penalty, dispatched by Burke on 65 minutes.
SCORERS - Dublin: D Burke 1-10 (1-0 pen, 0-6fs), C O'Sullivan 1-1, N McMorrow, C Conway, A Quinn, B Quinn 0-3 each, C Crummey, F Whitely, F Mac Gib 0-1 each. UCD: DJ Foran 0-11 (8fs), O O'Rorke 0-4 (1f), D Dolan 0-3, P Guinan 0-2, C Mac Gabhann 0-1.
DUBLIN - G Maguire; P Smyth, S Barrett, M McCaffrey; S McGrath, C Crummey, C Dowling; C Conway, B Quinn; C Burke, N McMorrow, F Mac Gib; C O'Sullivan, D Burke, A Quinn. Subs: C Robinson for McCaffrey (ht), M Kavanagh for Dowling (ht), F Whitely for C Burke (ht), A Moore for O'Sullivan (ht), S Ó Riain for Conway (58), C Maher for A Quinn (63), T Connolly for D Burke (65), J McGuirk for McMorrow (68), F Ó Riain Broinn for B Quinn (71).
UCD - D Hughes; E Hayden, P Hannon, R Dwan; H Lalor, T de Búrca, C Mac Gabhann; L Scanlon, B Quigley; DJ Foran, D Dolan, P Guinan; M Brennan, O O'Rorke, JJ Ryan. Subs: R McEvoy for Ryan (ht), C Keane for Brennan (45), M Cronin for de Búrca (46), J Houlihan for Lalor (62), J Power for Foran (64).
REF - K Brady (Louth)