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David Treacy, Dublin, in action against Galway players, from left, Gearoid McInerney, David Collins and Johnny Coen

David Treacy, Dublin, in action against Galway players, from left, Gearoid McInerney, David Collins and Johnny Coen

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Joseph Cooney, Galway, in action against Peter Kelly, Dublin

Joseph Cooney, Galway, in action against Peter Kelly, Dublin

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Niall McMorrow, Dublin, gets past Jason Flynn, Galway

Niall McMorrow, Dublin, gets past Jason Flynn, Galway

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David Treacy, Dublin, in action against Galway players, from left, Gearoid McInerney, David Collins and Johnny Coen

Dublin delivered an impressive second-half performance at a sun-kissed Parnell Park yesterday to comfortably repel a disappointing Galway and preserve their top flight status.

With the visitors leading by two points at the break, it looked slightly ominous for Dublin, but they exerted complete control of affairs in the second-half to book a quarter-final clash with Limerick next weekend.

After the defeats to Cork and Clare in the previous two games, this was a far more convincing display by Dublin with manager Ger Cunningham making reference to the improved display that his side inevitably produce at the Donnycarney venue.

"We always like playing here and we get great confidence out of it," said Cunningham.

"We started well. We gave ourselves a good chance by winning our first two matches and it's taken us three more to get to the quarter-final.

"It's great that we have secured our Division 1A status for next year and we are in the quarter-final and looking forward to it next week," he added.

As expected, Dublin made a number of changes from the team released on Friday with Danny Sutcliffe, Ross O'Carroll and David Treacy all starting instead of Shane Barrett, Paul Ryan and Colm Cronin.

Barrett's omission saw Peter Kelly redeployed to his more customary full-back role.

But there was little that Kelly could do in preventing Cathal Mannion from handing Galway the early initiative in the 4th minute as he capitalised on an error from Paul Schutte to fire past Alan Nolan at the second attempt.

Both sides enjoyed sporadic periods of dominance in a relatively even opening half with Galway's greater goal threat a constant factor while Dublin seemed more content in taking the point opportunities that came their way.

Dotsy O'Callaghan eschewed the route one option on two occasions when a more positive approach may have yielded a goal but his two first-half points, in addition to three from Sutcliffe, ensured the tie remained delicately balanced at halftime.

Galway's other goal arrived through a stereotypically powerful strike from Joe Canning in the 28th minute, but the potency of their attack diminished upon the restart with Canning's 38th minute point their solitary score from play after the break.

Much of their struggles emanated from the dominance that Dublin's defence had on their direct opponents with Shane Durkin producing another exceptional display at wing-back.

Dublin also benefited from the leadership shown by Mark Schutte in the closing stages with the Cuala player scoring five points in total, and offering a greater threat in the full-forward line than Liam Rushe, who struggled to win clean possession throughout.

For Galway, their second-half fade out was a disappointing manner in which to conclude this stage of the campaign.

Their manager, Anthony Cunningham, feeling that Dublin's desire for the two points and their perilous position in the table gave them the edge in motivation.

"I think in the last 20 minutes, that was the difference there in the finish. They were that bit fresher and wanted it," said the Galway manager.

"They're fighting for their lives basically. They probably thought they would have had to face Kilkenny. So they were worthy winners in the finish. But there wasn't much in it for 50 minutes of the match," he added.

Man of the Match: Shane Durkin

SCORERS - Dublin: D Treacy 0-10 (0-8f, 0-1 '65'), M Schutte 0-5, D Sutcliffe 0-4, D O'Callaghan 0-2, P Schutte, L Rushe, J McCaffrey, R O'Dwyer, P Ryan (f) 0-1 each. Galway: J Canning 1-6 (0-5f), C Mannion 1-2, A Smith 0-2, B Molloy, N Burke, A Harte, J Glynn 0-1 each.

DUBLIN: A Nolan 7; C O'Callaghan 7, P Kelly 7, P Schutte 6; C Keaney 6, C Crummey 7, S Durkin 9; S Lambert 5, R O'Carroll 6; D Sutcliffe 8, E Dillon 5, M Schutte 8; D O'Callaghan 6, L Rushe 6, D Treacy 6. Subs: J McCaffrey 7 for Lambert (29), N McMorrow 5 for O'Carroll and R O'Dwyer 7 for Dillon (half-time), P Ryan 6 for D O'Callaghan (62),

GALWAY: A Ryan 7; J Coen 6, P Killeen 7, F Moore 7; D Collins 7, G Lally 7, G McInerney 6; A Smith 8, A Harte 6; J Canning 7, J Glynn 6, J Cooney 6; C Mannion 7, N Burke 6, B Molloy 5. Subs: J Flynn 5 for Burke, 31), I Tannion 6 for Harte (44), J Hansbury 6 for Moore (46), D Higgins 5 for Molloy (48), E Burke 6 for J Flynn (68)

REF: Johnny Ryan (Tipperary)

Player of the Game: Shane Durkin (Dublin)

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