Monday 16 September 2019

Dunne dominates in Dublin rout

Leinster MHC: Dublin 2-21 Laois 0-7

Dunne struck early with a couple of frees to give the visitors a two-point lead, but Laois had their best spell after that. Photo: Stock image
Dunne struck early with a couple of frees to give the visitors a two-point lead, but Laois had their best spell after that. Photo: Stock image newsdesk

Liam Dunne scored 1-10 as Dublin cruised to a facile win over Laois at O'Moore Park to get their campaign back on track after losing to Kilkenny in their opening game.

Dunne struck early with a couple of frees to give the visitors a two-point lead, but Laois had their best spell after that. They rattled off three frees in a row to lead, and should have gone further ahead, but poor finishing scuppered their chances.

Dublin responded with points from Luke Swan and Pearce Christie to break the Laois resistance, and it was plain sailing after that. Dunne tacked on a couple of frees and the Dara Purcell slotted home a goal from close range, to put Dublin 1-10 to 0-5 ahead.

The second half was a formality after that, with the relentless Dunne continuing to impress, as he hit the first five points of the half, four of which came from frees.

To top it off, he then added a fine individual goal, and Dublin cantered home to a convincing victory.

SCORERS - Dublin: L Dunne 1-10 (9f), D Purcell 1-2, C Murray 0-3, L Swan 0-2, A O'Toole, P Christie, C Foley, S Fenton 0-1 each. Laois: A Kirwan 0-7(7f)

LAOIS: L Fitzpatrick; B Shore, D Brennan, G O'Neill; K Kelly, C Cosgrove, T Fitzpatrick; F Mahoney, T Cuddy; C Byrne, A Connolly, E Hawkes; M Hennessy, C O'Shaughnessy, A Kirwan. Subs: N Carey for Kelly (ht), DJ O'Callaghan for Hawkes (ht), F Holland for Shore (52), S Farrell for Byrne (55)

DUBLIN: J Lambert; K Byrne, C Hogan, T Cullen; E Carney, A O'Neill, I Ó hEither; D Leavy, D Power; C Murray, P Christie, C Foley; L Dunne, L Swan, D Purcell. Subs: A O'Toole for Christie (41), F Murphy for Byrne (43), C Walsh for Cullen (46), F Ryan for Leavy (50), S Fenton for Purcell (54)

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Clinical Kiely gives Faithful masterclass

Offaly 3-19 Kildare 0-14

Offaly collected their second routine win of the campaign with 14 points to spare over Kildare in Tullamore.

Offaly never looked in any danger and, despite Kildare showing plenty of promise, they had raced seven points clear as they hit 1-4 without reply.

That injury-time goal was a real killer blow, as Danny Flanagan made no mistake from close range to put Offaly 1-12 to 0-8 ahead at the break.

Offaly fired their second goal four minutes after the restart from the excellent Cathal Kiely, who finished with 1-11 to his name, and the game was over as a contest.

Muiris Curtin kept the Kildare men fighting until the end with eight points to his name, but Cillian Sampson went on to add a third Offaly goal right on full-time.

Offaly now take on Antrim on Friday in Drogheda.

Scorers - Offaly: C Kiely 1-11 (5 f), D Flanagan and C Sampson 1-1 each, DJ McLoughlin 0-3, C Donoghue 0-2, C Teehan 0-1.

Kildare: M Curtin 0-8 (4f & 0-1 '65'), C Boran 0-2, M McGovern, C McCabe, H Dunne and D Melville 0-1 each.

OFFALY - S Loughnanne; A Brazil, A Flanagan, S Mulrooney; L Egan, D Maher, L Nolan; E Houlihan, E Curley; C Kiely, C Sampson; C Teehan, C Donoghue, D Flanagan. Subs: A Walsh (for E Curley H/T), B Egan (for A Brazil 45m), D Molloy (for C Donoghue 49m), S Flynn (for DJ McLoughlin 49m), J Screeney (for E Houlihan 56m).

KILDARE - S Burke; D Murray, B Noone, M Eustace; C Shanaghan, K Kelleher, D Costello; H Dunne, C Boran; M Curtin, D Hanafin, S Whyte; F O'Sullivan, M McGovern, C McCabe. Subs: A Hackett (for S Burke 36m), J Cleary (for M McGovern 42m), J Higgins (for S Whyte 49m), R Stapleton (for C McCabe 54m).

Ref - B Nea

Westmeath's Devine inspiration

Westmeath 8-18 Down 1-4

Westmeath proved far too strong for Down in Drogheda's Gaelic Grounds to maintained their 100pc record for the campaign.

The Lake County quickly raced into a 1-6 to 0-1 lead with David Devine getting the early goal.

Jack Dillon and Devine were dovetailing brilliantly and giving the Down defence all sorts of trouble, with the duo contributing the first ten scores between them for Westmeath.

The Lakemen continued to dominate in the second quarter and added a further goal through Danny McGrath to go in at the break 3-13 to 0-2 ahead.

Down briefly threatened to get back into the game early in the second half with a goal from full-forward Sean Hughes but Westmeath quickly shut the door on the Mourne men with three goals in quick succession from substitute Shane Williams.

The men in maroon closed out the game in style with a classy goal from the excellent Devine to rubber stamp a huge win.

Scorers - Westmeath: S Williams 3-1; D Devine; J Dillon 2-5 each; D McGrath 1-1; C Egan 0-2; C Fenlon, J Coffey, L Moore, D Hickey 0-1 each. Down - S Hughes 1-0; L Hogan ; C Watson; K Coulter; I Hussein 0-1 each

Westmeath - E Glennon; J Coffey, C McCormack, J Connon; E McCabe, F Brennan, C McClare; P Nangle, D Hickey; L Moore, C Egan, D Ennis; D Devine, J Dillon, D McGrath Subs: A McCormack for E McCabe (16 mins); S Williams for L Moore; S Cunningham for D Ennis (45 mins); C Fenlon for C McCormack (45 mins); C Fagan for E Glennan (55 mins).

Down - D Kelly; O O'Connor, C Lyons, R Smith; M Coulter, C Watson, L Boyd; C McMullen, K Coulter; P McCusker, C Murphy, L Hogan; E McGee, S Hughes, O Devlin Subs: I Hussein for T Murphy (H-T); N Hassan for Paul McCusker (45 mins)

Ref - S Guinan (Offaly)

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