Dublin’s Under-21 hurlers proved much too strong for Carlow in their Leinster championship clash on Wednesday evening. The Dubs scored four goals and those efforts proved to be the difference in the end as the visitors ran out twelve point winners.
Carlow were first on the scoreboard and were still in front after ten minutes, although they were fortunate as Dublin hit seven wides during that initial period. When the Blues finally managed to trouble the board, their opening point was immediately followed by a Carlow score. The home side then added another point before O’Loughlin narrowed the gap with a fine point. McGrath then pointed a free to level the tie, and minutes later he found the back of the Carlow net from a long range effort. The attempt for a point dropped short and found its way over the line. This score helped the Blues establish a foothold on proceedings and suddenly they led by double scores. Mahon and Trollier both scored to give Dublin a five point cushion,before the hosts replied to narrow the gap to four. Trollier had the final score of the half,and his side led 1-06 to 0-4 at the break.
Dublin played against the breeze in the second period and got off to a flyer with an early point from McGrath. Carlow hit back to leave the score 1-07 to 0-5. Trollier then added his third,before O’Loughlin found the net for the Dubs and at 2-08 to 0-5 they held a commanding lead.Carlow pointed a free soon after to leave eight points between the teams. Rushe and O’Loughlin scored points for Dublin,while Carlow continued to reply on frees to get their scores. The home side tried hard and hit two points in succession but any slim chance they may have had was ended when Brennan scored Dublin’s third goal.
The same player added a fourth goal near the death which left the score at 4-10 to 0-10. The sides played out the remaining minutes knowing that the game was over, and each added a further point before the finish. Carlow were far too dependent on placed balls for their scores and in the end that was not enough. Goals win games and Dublin had four on the night.
Carlow: N. Roberts, S. Kelly, G. Kelly, T. Nolan, D. English, J. Corcoran, J. Doyle, P. Coady, P. McEilligott, J. Doyle, E. Byrne, D. Murphy, D. Roberts, C. Lawlor, P. Kehoe
Dublin: G. Mc Manus, B. O’Carroll, J. Doughan, C. Gough, D. Curran, M. Quilty, S. O’Connor, D. Sutcliffe, B. Mulligan, D. Plunkett, L. Rushe, R. Mahon, K. O’Loughlin, S. McGrath, E. Dillon.