Dubs respond well to opening day loss with win over Galway who lose Joe Canning at break

Dubs respond well to opening day loss with win over Galway who lose Joe Canning at break

By Paul Keane

Dublin 1-17 Galway 0-13

David Treacy led the scoring at Parnell Park with a perfect 10 points as Dublin bounced back from their disappointing opening day defeat to Tipperary to register their first win of the Division 1A campaign.

It was a thoroughly deserved seven-point win too with free-taker Treacy capitalising on the great work of fellow attackers Eamonn Dillon, Niall McMorrow and David O'Callaghan.

Sean McGrath was Dublin's goal scorer with his net blast arriving during a decisive 16-minute period early in the second-half when they outscored Galway by 1-5 to 0-1.

A bad evening for Galway was compounded by an early injury that forced off veteran defender Fergal Moore while subdued talisman Joe Canning was taken off at half-time having apparently been ill before the game.

The poor performance from Galway was surprising as they were six-point victors against Cork in Round 1 and looked good value to push Dublin hard.

But after a bright opening 10 minutes or so they played second fiddle to Dublin throughout and deservedly trailed by three points at half-time, 0-10 to 0-7.

Dublin had plenty of motivation to perform well as this was their only game at Parnell Park in the entire campaign. Their only other home game is at Croke Park next time out when they play Cork.

This was the seventh meeting of the teams in a little over 12 months and back in November sparks famously flew during the Fenway Classic Super 11s tie when a melee broke out.

So another keen contest was anticipated and both sides duly delivered with Dublin edging an intriguing first-half thanks in part to six points from placed ball specialist Treacy.

Dubs respond well to opening day loss with win over Galway who lose Joe Canning at break

The game was effectively decided early in the second-half when Dublin put up that 1-5 tally by the 51st minute and surged 1-15 to 0-8 clear. Aside from Treacy's frees, McMorrow fired four points from play in total while Colm Cronin and Darragh O'Connell were on the mark too.

Galway battled gamely and free-taker Cathal Mannion, David Burke and Andy Smith all pointed late on but it was only consolation at that stage.

Scorers for Dublin: D Treacy 0-10 (0-9f, 1 65), N McMorrow 0-4, S McGrath 1-0, D O'Callaghan, D O'Connell, C Cronin 0-1.

Scorers for Galway: J Canning 0-5 (0-4f), C Mannion 0-3 (0-2f, 1 65), N Burke, P Brehony, A Harte, David Burke (0-1f), A Smith 0-1.

Dublin: C Dooley; E O'Donnell, C O'Callaghan, O Gough; C Crummey, L Rushe, J McCaffrey; D O'Connell, D Plunkett; S McGrath, N McMorrow, D Treacy; E Dillon, D O'Callaghan, M Schutte.

Subs: C Cronin (0-1) for McGrath (46), S Treacy for O'Callaghan (72), J Madden for McCaffrey (74).

Galway: J Skehill; F Moore, J Hanbury, P Hoban; P Mannion, G Lally, A Harte; David Burke, A Tuohy; P Brehony, C Mannion, N Burke; C Whelan, J Canning, D Glennon.

Subs: C Flynn for Moore (26), J Cooney for Canning (h/t), A Smith (0-1) for Lally (h/t), D Collins for Tuohy (43), P Claffey for Hanbury (55).

Referee: F Horgan (Tipperary).


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