Dublin into hurling league final

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Updated: April 17, 2011

Dublin beat Cork by a single point in their Allianz National Hurling League Division One clash at Pairc Ui Chaoimh on Sunday afternoon. Paul Ryan starred for the Dubs, hitting 1-08 of his side’s tally as they held on to win by the minimum.

Cork started the better and John Gardiner had the rebels in front early on. Ben O’Connor doubled that lead soon after and the home side looked well in control. Paul Ryan pointed from a free to get Dublin on the scoreboard but another from Gardiner soon after restored Cork’s two point advantage. McCarthy and O’Callaghan then swapped scores but Cork were beginning to dominate the game. They should have been further in front but missed a number of chances.

Paul Ryan pointed a free to leave just the single score between the sides and was unlucky minutes later, when he went for a goal froma 21 metre free. It was well saved by the Cork defence and cleared to safety. However, the sides drew level minutes later when O’Callaghan fired over a fine score for Dublin. O’Callaghan then put Dublin in front before two quick Cork scores gave the home side the lead. John Gardiner and Niall McCarthy both found the target for the home side. Dublin narrowed the gap once again with a point just before the interval and there was just the single score between the teams at the break.

Cork began the second period the stronger but couldn’t convert the chances that came their way. The rebels finally got their first score of the half but were then rocked when Paul Ryan found the net for the Dubs. Another quick score from O’Callaghan and the visitors were two points to the good. Ben O’Connor pointed for Cork to make it a one point game once more before Paul Ryan scored his fifth of the afternoon. Niall McCarthy hit back for the rebels and John Gardiner scored the equaliser minutes later.

Conal Keaney fired Dublin back in front straight from the puck out but then Luke O’Farrell hit a Cork goal that saw them go two in front. Points from Ryan and O’Callaghan tied the game again and a massive score from Ryan put Dublin back into the lead. The same player doubled his sides lead with another great pointed free after 65 minutes. Ben O’Connor made it a one point game again minutes later when he fired over a close range free with 2 minutes remaining on the clock. However,that was as close as Cork could get and Dublin held on to claim the points.

Match Tracker
Its all over, Dublin win by a point.
30 seconds to play in this game
Referee indicates 2minutes of injury time
A minute to play here
Ben O’Connor points a free to reduce the lead again
Another great pointed free from Ryan gives the Dubs a two point lead
This game looks set to go down to the final whistle
A huge score from Ryan gives Dublin back the lead
O’Callaghan ties the game for Dublin
Paul Ryan narrows the gap to a point
Luke O’Farrell scores a Cork goal
Conal Keaney hits back right away for the Dubs
John Gardiner equalises for Cork
Niall McCarthy narrows the gap with a Cork point
Paul Ryan scores his fifth point for the visitors
Ben O’Connor from a free narrows the gap
O’Callaghan adds a point to make it a two point game
Paul Ryan scores a goal for Dublin
A point from Cork,extends their lead
Cork have began the half the stronger but are missing the target
Second half underway
Half time here
Dublin reduce the lead once more, a well taken point
Niall McCarthy adds another for Cork
Gardiner gives Cork the lead once again
All to play for here, 2minutes to the break
O’Callaghan equalises for Dublin
Cork lead again,two in a row from the rebels
Dublin lead again after O’Callaghan point
Cork draw level thanks to O’Farrell, a fine game in prospect here
Paul Ryan fires Dublin in front for the first time today
O’Callaghan ties up the match
Ryan goes for goal from a 21 metre free but its saved
Paul Ryan points a free for Dublin, only the single point in it
Two wides in a row from Cork, should be further in front here
Cork look very sharp today
O’Callaghan with a point for Dublin
Cian McCarthy adds another for Cork
John Gardiner restores the Cork two point lead
Paul Ryan from a free narrows the gap
Ben O’Connor points a free to double the rebels lead
John Gardiner points for Cork
The game has started
This match is just about to get underway
Dublin travel to Pairc Ui Chaoimh for their final match in this seasons Allianz National Hurling League,knowing that a victory over Cork would give them every chance of making the league final.

Team News
Cork (SH v Dublin): D Óg Cusack; S McDonnell, E Cadogan, S O’Neill; J Gardiner, R Curran W Egan; B Murphy, P Cronin; B O’Connor, C McCarthy, N McCarthy; L O’Farrell, K Murphy, P Horgan.

Dublin (SH v Cork): G Maguire; N Corcoran, T Brady, O Gough; P Schutte, P Kelly, S Durkin; J McCaffrey, S Lambert; C McCormack, R O’Dwyer, C Keaney; D Plunkett, D O’Callaghan, P Ryan.

Preview
Anthony Daly’s side started the season in excellent form and led the table for much of the year. A defeat against Galway knocked them off their stride but to their credit,the Blues have recovered well since that loss.However, the defeat in Salthill may yet come back to haunt them, as if they finish level on ten points with the tribesmen after this weekends play, Galway will progress to the decider,having won that head to head battle.

Cork are the only team in Division One that have nothing to play for on Sunday.The rebels cannot make the latter stages, while at the same time, they are safe from the drop. It is possible that Denis Walsh will experiment a little and blood some new players. It is the perfect time for the Dubs to play Cork and they must have the advantage going into this contest. With more to play for,Daly’s side will give it everything this weekend and it will be a disappointing end to their league campaign if they cannot come away from Leeside with the points.

Donal Og Cusack returns in goal in place of Anthony Nash, while Eoin Cadogan and Stephen McDonnell are come into the full back line with Eoin Dillon and Conor O’Sullivan losing out. John Gardiner and William Egan also return to the defence.

Kieran ‘Fraggy’ Murphy replaces his Sarsfields club colleague Michael Cussen in the forwards, while Cian McCarthy, comes in for Bill Cooper at centre forward.

Cork are the only team in Division 1 with nothing left to play for, but will still be hoping to round off what has been a largely disappointing league campaign with a win.

here are two changes on the Duklin team with Schutte replacing broken rib victim Ronan Walsh with McCormack coming in for the injured Liam Rushe.

Verdict: Dublin

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