Dublin hurlers followed the example of their footballers, by recording a win on Sunday, thus maintaining their unbeaten record in the leagie this season. Plying their trade in Division 1B of the league, Anthony Daly’s side already look promotion favourites and this afternoon’s display was a step up on their opening win against Offaly.
Dublin 3-12 Antrim 1-10
Paul Ryan found the net for the visitors to Casement Park after only seven minutes, and from then on it was all one way traffic. Neil McManus did his best to keep the home side in the hunt and he took full advantage of the opportunities that came his way. However, when Michael Carton had Dublin’s second goal in the net, the game was all but over, and the men from the capital went in at the break,leading 2-07 to 0-5.
David O’Callaghan, making his return to the side,scored Dublin’s third goal early in the second half, and from there to the final whistle it was plain sailing for Anthony Daly and his charges. Dublin are looking decent this season and the real test will come next time out when they face fellow leaders Limerick. These two sides are much better than Division 1B and will be expecting to gain promotion to the top flight. The game could well be a prelude to a divisional final later in the season.
Conal Keaney played well at centre back for the Dubs this afternoon, and Paul Ryan contributed -05 from play and placed balls. The team are beginning to look more settled and with some big name players on the way back, the future looks bright once more. Antrim were a little unfortunate as the Dublin goals had an element of luck about them, and there was no way the Ulster team were inferior to the tune of eight points. They are still a threat to most sides in this division and will have plenty of say in how the final table pans out.