McCormack helps crush Antrim resistance
Goals in either half from David O'Callaghan and Conor McCormack proved crucial as Dublin beat an understrength Antrim by seven points in the quarter-final at Parnell Park yesterday afternoon.
The visitors started brightly and raced into an early three-point lead, with late replacement Neil McManus adding a brace of scores in addition to Christopher McGuinness' 16th-minute point.
Dublin were struggling to impose themselves in the early stages but received a much-needed boost when O'Callaghan pounced to sweep home in the 23rd minute after a Conal Keaney free had rebounded off the upright.
Keaney's former football team-mate Shane Ryan was the most impressive attacker, with the Naomh Mearnog man helping himself to three points in a busy display from wing-forward.
Leading by 1-4 to 0-5 at the interval, Dublin resumed in impressive fashion and McCormack's goal a minute after the restart confirmed their progress, with Galway providing the opposition in the semi-final next weekend at Parnell Park.
Scorers -- Dublin: D O'Callaghan 1-1, C Keaney 0-4 (3f), C McCormack 1-0, S Ryan 0-3, D O'Dwyer 0-2, J McCaffrey (1 '65'), S Durkin, C Clinton 0-1 each. Antrim: N McManus 0-7 (6f), C McGuinness, L Kearns, M Armstrong, M Herron, K McKeague 0-1 each.
Dublin -- G Maguire; S Lambert, S Hiney, R Trainor; N Corcoran, J Boland, S Durkin; J McCaffrey, M O'Brien; C McCormack, R O'Dwyer, S Ryan; D O'Callaghan, C Keaney, P Carton. Subs: M Quilty for Boland (53), D Plunkett for R O'Dwyer (53), D O'Dwyer for Carton (53), L Ryan for McCormack (65), C Clinton for O'Brien (66).
Antrim -- C O'Connell; N McAuley, C Donnelly, C McKinley; K McKeague, M Herron, A Graffin; S McNaughton, P McNaughton; N McManus, M Armstrong, T McCann; D Hamill, C Carson, C McGuinness. Subs: L Kearns for McGuinness (19), C Herron for P McNaughton (h-t), K McKeegan for S McNaughton (47), J Black for McCann (49)
Ref -- S Whelan (Wexford).