Dublin will play Wexford in the Bord Gáis Energy Leinster U21 hurling final after a great second half display.
Dublin were 0-05 to 0-01 down after 11minutes but amazingly Offaly only scored another two points in the next 49minutes. Kevin O’Loughlin was the star of the night for Dublin getting 0-11 including six frees and a 65′. They face Wexford in the final on Wednesday 13th July.
60+2min Tomas Carroll points Offaly’s first score in 15 minutes
60+1min Eamon Dillon
59min Kevin O’Loughlin point (0-11)
56min Kevin O’Loughlin point from a 65′
55min Excellent save by Offaly keeper Stephen Corcoran on a Niall McMorrow goal shot
54min Niall McMorrow point
51min Kevin O’Loughlin hits his ninth point
49min Danny Sutcliffe point for Dublin.
48min Kevin O’Loughlin pointed free (0-8, 6f)
44min Kevin O’Loughlin pointed free (0-7)
43min Sean McGrath points for Dublin
42min Kevin O’Loughlin hits his sixth point
42min 12 minutes into second half Adrian Hynes gets Offaly’s first score
38min Kevin O’Loughlin point for Dublin
35min A second point for Robert Mahon.
34min Danny Sutcliffe point
32min Kevin O’Loughlin extends Dublin’s lead to two points
Dublin 0-07 Offaly 0-06HT
30+2min Eamon Dillon point
30+1min Mark Schutte point
28min Robert Mahon cuts the deficit to the minimum
22min Ciaran Brennan makes it two in a row for the hosts
17min Kevin O’Loughlin ends Dublin’s drought with their first score in 13 minutes.
14min Adrian Hynes points a free for Offaly – nine minutes without a Dublin score.
11min Tomas Carroll makes it five in a row for Offaly
10min Gary Connelly scores his second point for Offaly.
9min Adrian Hynes puts Offaly ahead with a free.
7min Gary Conneely equalises.
5min Shane Kinsella gets Offaly’s first score
4min Eamon Dillon puts the hosts two points in front
3min Kev O’Loughlin opens from a free on the left for Dublin.
0min The winners of tonights match will face Wexford in the final on Wednesday 13th July.
Dublin: 1. Ger Mc Manus, 2. Bill O Carroll, 3. Darren Kelly, 4. Jack Doughan, 5. Dean Curran, 6. Martin Quilty, 7. Conor Gough, 8. Danny Sutcliffe, 9. Daire Plunkett, 10. Mark Schutte, 11. Liam Rushe (Capt.), 12. Robert Mahon, 13. Kevin O’ Loughlin, 14. Eamon Dillon, 15. Ciaran Brennan.
Offaly: 1. Stephen Corcoran, 2. David Magner, 3. Sean Coughlan, 4. Ciaran McDonald, 5. Dermott Shortt, 6. Eanna Murphy (Capt.), 7. Brian Mulrooney, 8. Michael Ryan, 9. Tomas Spain, 10. Sean Cleary, 11. Gary Conneely, 12. Shane Kinsella, 13. Sean Gardiner, 14. Adrian Hynes, 15. Tomas Carroll.
Hurling within the capital is at an all time high and the U-21’s will be hoping to keep this momentum going following the senior win over Galway at the weekend.
The Dubs go into this match having already disposed of Carlow on a scoreline of 4-11 to 0-11 in the previous round.
The Dubs manager John McEvoy has made three changes to the team that defeated Carlow. In defence Darren Kelly replaces Stephen O’Connor while there are two changes in attack. Cuala’s Mark Schutte comes in for Barry Mulligan with senior panellist Daire Plunkett reverting to midfield. Ciaran Brennan’s two goal haul in the previous round sees him start ahead of Sean McGrath.
It’s 11 years since Offaly tasted provincial success at this level, with a minor and U-21 double in 2000 and with Offaly hurling under the microscope recently, a win for this group of players would provide a huge boost to hurling in the county.
They go into this match cold, having not played any competitive games so far this year and indeed last year doesn’t provide many hints as to their likely form as they suffered a 29 point defeat at the hands of Kilkenny in last years Bord Gáis Energy Leinster U-21 Championship.
Their starting 15 shows us that plenty of last years panel are available to them again and with four already in the senior ranks, including county centre back Eanna Murphy, you feel that they will be better equipped this year as they look to dethrone the current Leinster U-21 champions.
Dublin however come into this game with Bord Gáis Energy Ambassador and senior star Liam Rushe in their ranks as well as having a game already under their belt. They will be hard pressed not to make their third consecutive U-21 Leinster Final.