Work to be done but Dubs cruise to final

Dublin 3-15 Carlow 0-11
Dublin finally shrugged off a determined Carlow challenge to secure a 12-point win in this Allianz Hurling League Division 1B encounter at Parnell Park yesterday.

However, it was a far from complete display by the hosts, who registered 13 wides in the opening half and an improvement will be required if Limerick are to be overcome in next week’s promotion play-off final.

Naturally, that concerned Anthony Daly most as he assessed his side’s display.

“It’s job done really. You would learn very little from a game like this and our shooting is certainly something we need to work on,” he said.

“Mind you, if you said we’d win by 13 points before the game, I would have taken it and some of the lads that came in off the bench looked sharp, with Paul Ryan doing very well.

“You couldn’t complain about the lads that came in but maybe some of the lads found it difficult. Limerick are the standard bearers in the division and it will be a hard one to win.”

The Dubs were especially wasteful in the early stages, amassing six wides in the opening 12 minutes with the returning Ryan O’Dwyer showing some signs of rustiness after his lengthy lay-off.

However, they still enjoyed an early advantage as they found the net in the eighth minute when David Treacy fed Kevin Byrne to finish from close range.

Despite playing against the elements, Carlow remained in touch through Marty Kavanagh, who added a sumptuous point from play in the 17th minute to earlier frees.

Carlow’s defensive struggles continued as the half progressed and Niall McMorrow was afforded too much space to drill a precise finish beyond Brian Treacy in the 20th minute. The visitors bounced back through points from Kavanagh and John Michael Nolan despite continuing their misadventures in attack, Dublin tagged on two late points from Treacy and Liam Rushe to lead 2-5 to 0-7 at half-time.

Dublin’s shooting woes continued after the restart with Dillon and Treacy culpable but their territorial dominance allowed McMorrow and Treacy build a sizeable lead by the 50th minute.

Ryan hitting seven points upon his introduction while McMorrow’s 58th-minute goal ensured a comfortable win.

Scorers for Dublin: N McMorrow 2-1, P Ryan 0-7 (5fs), D Treacy 0-4fs, K Byrne 1-0, E Dillon, S Lambert, L Rushe 0-1 each.

Scorers for Carlow: M Kavanagh 0-7 (6fs), S Kavanagh 0-2 (1f), D English, J Nolan 0-1 each.

DUBLIN: A Nolan; R Trainor, P Schutte, O Gough; S Hiney, C Keaney, S Durkin; S Lambert, L Rushe; R O’Dwyer, M McMorrow, K Byrne; C McCormack, D Treacy, E Dillon. Subs: D O’Callaghan for Dillon and P Ryan for McCormack (50), S McGrath for Treacy (56), M O’Brien for Keaney (61), G Whelan for O’Dwyer (63).

CARLOW: B Treacy; H O’Byrne, E Nolan, D Shaw; a Corcoran, R Coady, J Corcoran; D English, E Coady; J Kavanagh, M Kavanagh, J Nolan; P Shaw, S Kavanagh, D Roberts. Subs: P Coady for P Shaw (ht), D Byrne for J Corcoran (44), C Doyle for Roberts and A Gaul for J Kavanagh (49), J Rodgers for E Coady (66).

Referee: C Browne (Galway)

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