DUBLIN continued their championship build-up with a comfortable 4-14 to 1-15 challenge win over Monaghan at Parnell Park last night.
Two classy finishes from Diarmuid Connolly and a blistering strike by Barry Cahill put the Dubs in the driving seat with the impressive Colm McManus drilling a late goal to leave it 3-6 to 1-6 at the break.
The Dubs made 13 changes for the second half, with only Rory O’Carroll and Paul Griffin, back from cruciate injury, being retained but had the fire power in Bernard and Alan Brogan to ease home.
DUBLIN: S Cluxton; P Brogan, R O’Carroll, M Fitzsimons; K Nolan, J McCarthy, P Griffin; MD MacAuley, B Cahill (1-0); B Cullen, K McManamon (0-1), P Flynn (0-1); D Connolly (2-1), E O’Gara (0-2), M Quinn (0-1). Subs: Dublin (2nd half): M Savage; P Conlon, R Carroll, D Nelson; P Casey, P Griffin, D Lally; R McConnell, E Fennell; B Kelly, D Henry (0-1), D Bastick; A Brogan (0-2), G Cullen (0-1), B Brogan (1-4:2f), M Fitzsimons for Nelson (inj) 45, M Schutte for Kelly 59, Macauley for O’Carroll 65, C Murphy for McConnell 65.
MONAGHAN: M Kehoe; K Duffy, D Hughes, C Walshe; V Corey, D Mone, E Duffy (0-2); E Lennon, N McAdam (0-1); D Clerkin, D McKenna (0-3:1f), M Downey; B O’Brien, P Finlay (0-7,5f), C McManus (1-2:1f). Subs: C McGuinness for McManus HT, S Gollogly for O’Brien HT, B McKenna for Downey 45, K Galligan for Mone 50, J Turley for Clerkin (inj), M McNally for Walshe 50, K Hughes for McAdam 64, C Hanratty for McKenna 65.
Ref: C Reilly (Meath)