Rampant Dublin lay down marker as they hammer Tipp
Dublin got life under new manager Ger Cunningham off to the best possible start with an emphatic defeat of last year's All-Ireland finalists Tipperary in the first round of the Allianz Division 1A League at Parnell Park today.
The Dubs were dominant throughout and never looked back from Eamonn Dillon's 18th goal powering to a nine-point half-time advantage thanks mainly to sharpshooter Paul Ryan, who finished with eight points.
The second period was much the same as the Premier County, despite the magnificent John "Bubbles" O'Dwyer, had to give best to a sharper and hungrier Dublin side.
Liam Rushe, who operated mainly at full-forward in a new-look Dublin side, put the icing on the cake right on the full-time whistle with a deft finish for a comprehensive 12-point win.
Last year's Hurler of the Year nominee Seamus Callanan opened the scoring but that was as good as it got for Eamon O'Shea's side as Danny Sutcliffe, Colm Cronin, Mark Schutte, Ryan and Dillon fired their side into a 0-5 to 0-2 lead.
Dillon then bagged the crucial score of the first-half striking past Tipperary goalkeeper Darren Gleeson after taking a neat pass from Rushe.
Dublin outscored their rivals 0-6 to 0-3 in the remainder of the half with Ryan O'Dwyer, Chris Crummey (a monster point), Ryan (3) and Schutte pointing for their side to leave it 1-11 to 0-5 at the break.
The second-half continued in the same vein and with Michael Carton giving little change to Callanan, Tipperary relied solely on Bubbles O'Dwyer who stroked over five second-half points, four from play.
The Dubs were able to take some beautiful scores from distance, the pick of which was a tremendous effort from man-of-the-match Shane Durkin to open the second 35 minutes.
Cunningham's side always had Tipperary at arms length and Rushe's excellently placed finish put the gloss on an encouraging start to 2015, after narrowly falling to Galway in the Walsh Cup final last week.
The Dublin defence was outstanding throughout, with Carton, Durkin and Peter Kelly particularly to the fore, while Conal Keaney excelled in the open spaces around the middle of the park.
Danny Sutcliffe looks to be returning to his best after an injury-ridden 2014 while Ryan and Rushe were constant thorns in the Tipperary defence.
Dublin now face the daunting trip to Nowlan Park next Sunday full of confidence where they cross swords with the reigning league and All-Ireland champions Kilkenny in what promises be a cracker.
Dublin scorers: Paul Ryan (0-8, 0-5 frees), Eamonn Dillon (1-2), Liam Rushe (1-1), Danny Sutcliffe and Mark Schutte (0-2 each), Colm Cronin, Ryan O'Dwyer, Chris Crummey, Shane Durkin and Cian Boland (0-1 each).
Tipperary scorers: John O'Dwyer (0-6, 0-1 free), Seamus Callanan (0-4, 0-3 frees), Jason Forde (free), James Woodlock, Conor O'Brien and Shane McGrath (0-1 each).
Dublin: Alan Nolan, Cian O'Callaghan, Michael Carton, Paul Schutte, Shane Durkin, Peter Kelly, Chris Crummey, Danny Sutcliffe, Ross O'Carroll, Conal Keaney, Eamonn Dillon, Colm Cronin, Paul Ryan, Liam Rushe, Mark Schutte.
Subs: O'Dwyer for O'Carroll (15), Boland for O'Dwyer (58), Ben Quinn for Cronin (60), John McCaffrey for Durkin (68).
Tipperary: Darren Gleeson, Cathal Barrett, Paul Curran, Joe O'Dwyer, Kieran Bergin. Conor O'Mahony, Padraic Maher, Shane McGrath, Brendan Maher, Denis Maher, Gearoid Ryan, James Woodlock, John O'dwyer, Seamus Callanan, Jason Forde,
Subs: Conor Kenny for Ryan (50), Thomas Stapleton for O'Mahony (60).