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Dillon’s goals put senior hurlers on road to Walsh Cup win over Carlow

Dillon’s goals put senior hurlers on road to Walsh Cup win over Carlow

Sun, 5th January 2020



Three first half goals and a scoring surge at the start of the second half saw Dublin to victory in Sunday’s Walsh Cup clash at Parnell Park.

The Dubs face Laois at the same Donnycarney venue this coming Thursday night (7.45) with the prize of a semi-final slot against Galway up for grabs.

Dublin led 3-8 to 0-12 at half-time, the goals coming from Eamonn Dillon (two) and Donal Burke, before they hit seven points in-a-row to extend their advantage to 12 points, 3-15 to 0-12, and the outcome was beyond doubt.

Mark Schutte hit two of these points as did Lorcan McMullan and Oisín O’Rorke (one free) with Fergal Whitely converting a long range opportunity to see Dublin out of sight.

Those first half goals gave Dublin a five-point cushion at the breakdespite Carlow hitting eight points in-a-row at one stage of the opening period.

Two of those goals came in immediate succession, both from Eamonn Dillon, to propel Mattie Kenny’s men into a 2-1 to 0-3 lead by the 11th minute.

The Barrowsiders had started the better to lead 0-3 to 0-1 inside five minutes but Dillon’s brace saw the momentum turn temporarily Dublin’s way.

Points form Davy Keogh, two Paul Ryan frees, a point from debutant Andrew Dunphy and Mark Schutte pushed Dublin 2-6 to 0-3 clear, the Dubs having hit an unanswered 2-5, by the 20th minute.

But then Carlow rallied significantly to hit eight points without reply, including four frees and a ‘65’, to make it 2-6 to 0-11 by the 31st minute.

Dublin snapped to life before the interval with a Mark Schutte point before Donal Burke hit Dublin’s third goal, after being placed by the influential Ronan Hayes, and before the break Oisín O’Rorke added a point to make it 3-8 to 0-12.

Before the finish Kevin Burke, younger brother of Donal, made his debut and likewise Enda O'Donnell, younger brother of senior defender Eoghan.

SCORERS - Dublin: E Dillon 2-0, O O’Rorke 0-5 (0-4f), M Schutte 0-4, P Ryan 0-3 (0-3f), D Burke 1-0, L McMullan 0-2, A Dunphy, J Madden, D Keogh, F Whitely, A O’Neill, C Boland 0-1 each. Carlow: M Kavanagh 0-8 (0-6f, 0-1 ‘65’), C Nolan 0-3 (0-1f), D Byrne 0-2 (0-1 sideline), JM Nolan, D English (0-1f), P Coady, T Joyce, D Tobin 0-1 each.

DUBLIN:S Brennan; A Dunphy, L Corcoran, J Madden; P Crummey, D Gray, J Malone; F Whitely, L McMullan; D Keogh, D Burke, R Hayes; E Dillon, M Schutte, P Ryan. Subs: C O’Callaghan for Gray (15), O O’Rorke for Ryan (22), Gray for Dunphy (27), C Boland for Keogh (ht), C Derwin for Dillon (48), Dunphy for O’Callaghan (49), A O’Neill for D Burke (52), Enda O’Donnell for McMullan (53), K Burke for Crummey (61), C Ryan for Schutte (64), McMullan for Hayes (68).

CARLOW:D Jordan; A Corcoran, P Doyle, R Smithers; D Byrne, D English, G Coady; R Coady, K McDonald; J Murphy, M Kavanagh, T Joyce; C Nolan, P Coady, JM Nolan. Subs: M Doyle for Smithers (ht), S Whelan for Joyce (41), E Byrne for R Coady (43), G Bennett for P Doyle (43), M Malone for G Coady (46), A Almond for P Coady (47), A Dunne for Murphy (59), C Tracey for Kavanagh (59), D Tobin for D Byrne (63).

REF: G McGrath (Wexford).

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