Tuesday 20 February 2018

Dubs second half surge sees them into the semis

Dublin 2-17 Offaly 0-13

Scores towards the end of the half from Conor Burke, Gavin King and Matthew Oliver (pictured) had Dublin ahead at the interval
Scores towards the end of the half from Conor Burke, Gavin King and Matthew Oliver (pictured) had Dublin ahead at the interval
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Dublin produced a dominant second-half display to deservedly overcome a limited Offaly by ten points in their Electric Ireland Leinster MHC clash at Parnell Park on Saturday.

The hosts led 0-8 to 0-7 at the break and controlled the second half with late goals from Eoghan Dunne and Gavin King sealing their place in the semi-finals.

Offaly will rue not building on a promising start that saw them go four points clear after five minutes thanks to scores from Liam Langton, Ciaran Cleary, Conor Molloy and JP Cleary.

Gradually, Dublin began to impose themselves with full-back Ciaran Brady landing a superb score they cut the deficit further with a brace of points by Fergal Whitely.

The hosts built on those scores towards the end of the half with points from Conor Burke, Gavin King and Matthew Oliver inching them ahead at the interval.

Despite Langton levelling matters in the 35th minute, Offaly struggled for possession and their fate was effectively sealed when Eoghan Dunne fired to the net in the 52nd minute.

Offaly's Ciaran Cleary was dismissed five minutes later, King notched Dublin's second goal to round off an impressive display.

Scorers - Dublin: E Dunne 1-2, M Oliver 0-5 (0-3f, 0-1 '65), G King 1-1 (0-1 sideline), F Whitely 0-3, M Maguire 0-2, C Brady, C Burke (f), C Dowling, C Sammon 0-1 apiece. Offaly: C Molloy 0-6 (0-5f), L Langton 0-3, C Cleary, JP Cleary, O Kelly, E Cahill 0-1 each.

Dublin - E Skelly; C Hendricken, C Brady, C Ryan; E Foley, P Smyth, O Lanigan; C Sammon, M Oliver; F Whitely, M Maguire, C Burke; A Considine, G King, E Dunne. Reps: C Dowling for Lanigan (half-time), E Conroy for Burke (37), C O'Sullivan for Sammon (43), J McVeigh for Considine (46), D Grey for Foley (59).

Offaly - W Malone; C O'Brien, B Conneely, P Delaney; S Lowry, J Fogarty, E Kelly; M Gilligan, C Molloy; O Kelly, JP Cleary, C Cleary; L Langton, E Cahill, J Murray. Reps: J Dooley for E Kelly (45), D Buckely for Murray (53), C Curran for O'Brien (57).

Ref - Michael O'Sullivan (Kilkenny)

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