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Flashback: Senior hurlers versus Carlow

Flashback: Senior hurlers versus Carlow

Wed, 29th May 2019

Dublin hurlers and Carlow have an unfamiliar rivalry but they meet in a key Leinster SHC round-robin encounter this Sunday in Netwatch Cullen Park, Carlow (3.0).

The sides last met in this year's League back in late January when Dublin prevailed 3-15 to 0-8 in Mattie Kenny's league debut as Dublin manager.

The counties last confronted each other in Leinster SHC action back in May 2000 - here we take a look at both those games between the sides.


SATURDAY, JANUARY 26: Parnell Park


Dublin improved in the second-half to get their NHL1B campaign off to a winning start at Parnell Park in very difficult conditions.

The Dubs trailed by two points at the break, 1-6 to 0-11, but restarted with intent with points from Fiontan McGibb and sub Donal Burke.

Burke's impact on the second-half was telling as he tallied 1-4 from play while fellow sub Danny Sutcliffe also played a leading role in several key scores during the second period.

Eamonn Dillon's goal in the fourth minute of the second-half added to Dublin's momentum and when he pointed in the 43rd minute, after brilliantly controlling the sliotar, Mattie Kenny's side were 2-9 to 0-11 clear.

The Dubs were the stronger team after the change of ends and would have won more comfortably but for the goalkeeping heroics of Carlow's Brian Treacy who produced impressive saves to deny Dillon and McGibb at different stages of the half.

Donal Burke did get Dublin's third goal seven minutes from the end of normal time, following good work by Eamonn Dillon, to move his side 3-14 to 0-18 clear.

Despite making an impressive start Dublin flatlined as the opening half progressed to trail 1-6 to 0-11 at the break.

Early points from Fergal Whitely and Fiontan McGibb had Dublin 0-2 to 0-1 to the good before Darragh O'Connell struck for goal in the third minute following good work by John Hetherton.

Carlow responded with points from Martin Kavanagh (free) and Ted Joyce before Eammon Dillon fired over in the 11th minute for the hosts to lead 1-3 to 0-3.

However, Dublin failed to score again for 14 minutes as Carlow held the upperhand and the freetaking of Martin Kavanagh and scores from play from Seamus Murphy and Ted Joyce had Colm Bonnar's men 0-11 to 1-5 up two minutes into first-half added time.

In the third minute of injury-time a John Hetherton free after a foul on Eamonn Dillon left the Barrowsiders two points to the good at the interval.

“It was a difficult night for hurling," said Dublin manager Mattie Kenny. “Everyone is aware now that for a lot of the guys out there, it was their third game in six days. But in fairness to the guys, they stepped it up in the second half. They put in a very strong second half.

“The substitutes coming off the bench made a big impact too. It’s good to see Danny back in there. And Donal Burke came in – I think Donal shot 1-4, which is a huge contribution for him in the second-half.”

SCORERS – Dublin: D Burke 1-4, E Dillon 1-1, J Hetherton 0-4 (0-3f), D O’Connell 1-0, F McGibb 0-2, F Whitely, T Connolly, P Smyth, O O’Rorke (0-1f) 0-1 each. Carlow: M Kavanagh 0-12 (0-9f), T Joyce, C Nolan 0-2 each, S Murphy, J Doyle 0-1 each.

DUBLIN: A Nolan; P Smyth, E O’Donnell, J Madden; C Crummey, S Moran, S Barrett; J Malone, D O’Connell; F Whitely, J Hetherton, F McGibb; R McBride, L Rushe, E Dillon. Subs: T Connolly for Madden (9), D Burke for Whitely (ht), D Sutcliffe for Rushe (48), D Keogh for Malone (60), O O’Rorke for McGibb (67).

CARLOW: B Tracey; A Corcoran, P Doyle, M Doyle; E Nolan, D English, R Coady; J Kavanagh, S Whelan; JM Nolan, S Murphy, E Byrne; C Nolan, T Joyce, M Kavanagh. Subs: J Doyle for Murphy (43), J Nolan for Joyce (49), R Kelly for E Nolan (58), G Coady for Byrne (63), J Murphy for M Doyle (63).

REF: A Kelly (Galway).



SUNDAY, MAY 6: Dr Cullen Park


Dublin secured victory but only just in this Leinster SHC round-robin qualifier in Dr Cullen Park.

The sides were level at the interval (Dublin 0-8 Carlow 1-5) but Dubs had moved five points clear entering the last quarter but the home side battled their way back and got level just inside the final five minutes following a point from Johnny Kavanagh.

However, Dublin's centre-forward Gordon Glynn was on hand to save Dublin's blushes with a winning 66th minute point.

Tomás McGrane hit five first-half points for Dublin but they were unable to gain the upperhand on the Barrowsiders.

Dublin had made two changes at the break with David Henry and Dermot Daly introduced into the forward division and the move paid off in the 40th minute when Daly's high probing ball deceived Carlow goalkeeper Pat Fenlon, hitting the upright and falling into the back of the net.

Although Carlow responded with a Ciarán Jordan point, Dublin took a five-points lead with McGrane (2), Daly, and midfield duo Michael Fitzsimons and David Sweeney all on target.

But Carlow corner-forward John Byrne broke through for a goal in the 54th minute the game was set up an exciting finish.

In Dublin's other games in the group they defeated Westmeath 1-20 to 0-7 in Cusack Park, Mullingar before drawing 0-18 each with Laois in Nowlan Park.

That meant that Dublin and Laois concluding the round-robin stage on equal league points so met in a play-off in O'Connor Park, Tullamore that the Dubs won 2-15 to 1-14.

This set up a semi-final against Kilkenny when they Cats proved much to strong in their 3-16 to 0-10 victory in Croke Park.

Tomás McGrane finished the Leinster SHC as Dublin's top-scorer with a tally of 1-33 from five games.

SCORERS - Dublin: T McGrane 0-7 (0-5f), D Daly 1-2, G Glynn 0-3, D Russell, D Sweeney, L O'Donoghue, M Fitzsimons 0-1 each. Carlow: P Coady 0-5 (0-2f), M Ryan 1-1, J Byrne 1-0, R Foley, J Kavanagh 0-2 each, D Roberts, C Jordan 0-1 each.

DUBLIN: B McLoughlin; L O'Donoghue, D Spain, C McCann; J Finnegan, S Perkins, D McInerney; M Fitzsimons, D Sweeney; S Martin, G Glynn, D Russell; T McGrane, C Brady, G Ennis. Subs: D Daly for Ennis, D Henry for Brady, K Horgan for Martin.

CARLOW: P Fenlon; D Dundon, T Doyle, P Keogh; D Kavanagh, N Bambrick, P Nevin; P Coady, R Foley; D Roberts, C Jordan, J Kavanagh; P Jordan, M Ryan, J Byrne. Subs: B Lawlor for P Jordan.

REF: G Harrington (Cork).

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