Sunday 17 December 2017

Dubs enjoy home comforts as Galway flatter to deceive

Dublin 1-17 Galway 0-13

Galway’s Joe Cannning challenges Johnny McCaffrey of Dublin just before a sideline cut in Saturday’s Parnell Park clash. Photo: Sportsfile
Galway’s Joe Cannning challenges Johnny McCaffrey of Dublin just before a sideline cut in Saturday’s Parnell Park clash. Photo: Sportsfile
Davy Glennon, Galway, in action against Eoghan O'Donnell, Dublin. Photo: Sportsfile
Joe Canning, Galway attempts to power past Johnny McCaffrey of Dublin. Photo: Sportsfile
Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

'A week is a long time' one Dublin hurler grinned as he made his way to the Parnell Park dressing room on Saturday night.

Dublin had blown Galway out of the water in the second half to maintain an unbeaten record in Parnell Park that goes back to April 2011 when a John McIntyre-managed Tribesmen side plundered Donnycarney.

That's a record that will now stretch into 2017 at least as Ger Cunningham's side won't play there again until next year as their last remaining home encounter against Cork is fixed for Croke Park.

It was quite the turnaround for Dublin given their no-show against Tipperary just seven days earlier and at half-time there was no sign that the Sky Blues would run out such convincing winners.

They led by 0-10 to 0-7 with Joe Canning and David Treacy doing most of the scoring.

At that point Galway looked well placed given the strength of the breeze that they would play with after the restart.

"We knew coming up that Division 1 is very competitive and everyone is going to be concentrating on their home games," Galway manager Micheál Donoghue said afterwards.

"And with the loss last week we knew there was going to be a big reaction.

"The disappointing thing for us was, we weren't in too bad of a position at half-time but when they got the goal and scored 1-5 without reply and that gave them the platform to push on."


Donoghue was forced to perform some major surgery on his side at the interval. Canning was withdrawn due to an illness he carried into he game, while Greg Lally picked up a knee injury.

Galway scored the first point of the half through a Cathal Mannion free but Dublin would take over from there. Niall McMorrow fired over a quick brace before Seanie McGrath got the game's only goal.

Mark Schutte did well to create the space but McGrath's finish was superb.

McGrath was removed from action straight after his goal after picking up a cramp and his replacement Colm Cronin's first act was to fire over from the sideline.

Two more Treacy frees extended Dublin's lead to ten points and even though there were 20 minutes to go, the two points looked to be in the capital's grasp.

Having hardly played in Semple a week earlier, Dublin had the job done in 50 minutes.

"We looked at the video during the week and lads were disappointed more with themselves than anything else," Dublin boss Ger Cunningham said afterwards.

"We didn't show up last week in one sense but we were beaten by a very good Tipperary team.

"You have seven days to turn it around and it's about mindset and attitude really and I thought our attitude was much better tonight.

"We pride ourselves on that in the last number of years and Dublin have done very well in Parnell Park and we wanted to keep that record going.

"We love playing here but we need to have the same attitude when we go to Croke Park.

"I think it was about mindset. Our mindset was better tonight and our attitude was better and I think it showed in the performance."

"I had no worries at half-time," he continued. "People were saying we needed a bigger lead but I think against the wind, once we had composure on the ball I knew the lead was enough and once we got a couple of scores early after half-time, we built on that and the confidence came from that."

Dublin move on to face Cunningham's native Cork in round three.

"It's something we're looking forward to as well. We didn't perform at Croke Park last year when Cork beat us, gave us a bit of a trimming up there.

"Again, it's an opportunity, like, we've had a good couple of weeks on the go, the Walsh Cup, the two league matches, we've a couple of guys going playing Fitzgibbon Cup finals next weekend so hopefully we'll come through that and then we'll look forward to two weeks' time."

Galway move on to face Kilkenny in Nowlan Park with Donoghue disappointed his side couldn't push on from their win over the Rebels last week.

"With the win last week we were hoping to build on it and coming up we thought we had a good opportunity," Donoghue said.

"But we were up four weeks ago and they gave us a good lesson and we didn't learn enough from it.

"Division 1 is competitive, every manager will tell you that. You just move on we have two weeks hard training and we look forward to going down to Kilkenny."

SCORERS - Dublin: D Treacy 0-10 (9f, 1 '65); N McMorrow 0-4; S McGrath 1-0; D O'Callaghan, C Cronin, D O'Connell 0-1 each. Galway: J Canning 0-5 (4f); C Mannion 0-3 (2f 1 '65); P Breheny, N Burke, David Burke, A Harte, A Smith 0-1 each.

Dublin: C Dooley 6; E O'Donnell 6, C O'Callaghan 7, O Gough 8; C Crummey 8, L Rushe 8, J McCaffrey 7; D O'Connell 7, D Plunkett 7; S McGrath 7, N McMorrow 8, D Treacy 7; E Dillon 6, D O'Callaghan 7, M Schutte 6. Subs: C Cronin 7 for McGrath (45), S Treacy 6 for O'Callaghan (54), J Madden for McCaffrey (70).

Galway: J Skehill 6; F Moore 6, J Hanbury 7, P Hoban 6; P Mannion 6, G Lally 6, A Harte 7; David Burke 7, A Tuohy 6; P Breheny 6, C Mannion 6, N Burke 6; C Whelan 6, J Canning 7, D Glennon 6. Subs: C Flynn 6 for Moore (25), J Cooney 6 for Canning, A Smith 6 for Lally (both HT), D Collins 6 for Tuohy (41). P Claffey 6 for Hanbury (54).

Referee - F Horgan (Tipperary).

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