Daly gets repsonse as Dubs defeat Clare

Daly gets repsonse as Dubs defeat Clare

Dublin 2-17 Clare 0-17

Conal Keaney and Colm Cronin scored a goal in each half as Dublin got the better of All-Ireland champions Clare in a closely-fought game at Parnell Park this afternoon.

Having been hammered by Galway in their Division 1A opener, Dubs manager Anthony Daly demanded a response and he got it as Keaney's 13th-minute goal helped them lead 1-12 to 0-10 at the break.

Dublin had the benefit of a strong wind and scores from free-taker Alan McCrabbe (0-2) and Johnny McCaffrey had them leading by 0-3 to 0-1 after eight minutes.

John Conlon and Conor McGrath landed Clare's opening two points, but further points from McCrabbe and Keaney, allied to the latter's goal, widened the margin to 1-6 to 0-2.

Keaney was a key figure throughout for the Leinster champions, giving his markers David McInerney and Cian Dillon the slip on a number of occasions and shooting accurately for a 1-3 haul.

Colin Ryan converted five frees for Clare during the first half and Patrick O'Connor and Conlon helped to cut the gap to three points at 1-9 to 0-9, but efforts from McCrabbe and Cronin made it a five-point game at the turnaround.

Davy Fitzgerald, whose side beat Kilkenny seven days ago, made plenty of changes but Clare's leaking of a second goal - a 46th-minute strike from Cronin - effectively killed them off.

Pat Donnellan and Shane Golden did their best to turn the tide in midfield, but Dublin's backs were on top for long spells with Shane O'Donnell especially well marked by Peter Kelly.

Cronin found the net to move the home side 2-14 to 0-12 clear, taking advantage of a fine catch by Keaney and an inviting low ball in from McCrabbe.

The fit-again McCrabbe, who was making his first start of the campaign, was in brilliant shooting form.

He landed eight frees and an excellent score from the sideline, while wing back Shane Durkin deserves a mention for two well-taken points from play.

Ryan led the Clare scoring with seven pointed frees and Conlon chipped in with three points from play.

The visitors did manage to exert some late pressure, but they failed to find a way past the determined Dublin defence and goalkeeper Gary Maguire.

DUBLIN: G Maguire; N Corcoran, P Kelly, S Timlin; S Durkin (0-02), L Rushe, M Carton; C Cronin (1-01), J McCaffrey (0-01); R O'Dwyer, A McCrabbe (0-09, 0-08f, 0-01sl), D Sutcliffe; D O'Callaghan (0-01), M Schutte, C Keaney (1-03).

Subs used: J Dougan for Timlin, E Dillon for McCrabbe, D Treacy for O'Callaghan, N McMorrow for O'Dwyer.

CLARE: D Tuohy; D McInerney, C Dillon, S Morey; P O'Connor (0-01), Conor Ryan, B Bugler; P Donnellan, S Golden; J Conlon (0-03), T Kelly (0-02, 0-01f), Colin Ryan (0-07, 0-07f); C McGrath (0-01), S O'Donnell, C Galvin.

Subs used: N O'Connell for Golden, C O'Connell (0-01) for Conor Ryan, B Duggan (0-02, 0-02f) for Colin Ryan, D Reidy for Morey.

Referee: Alan Kelly (Galway).

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