Dublin’s Under-21 hurlers booked their place in the All-Ireland Final with an easy victory over a disappointing Antrim outfit in Newry on Saturday afternoon. The Leinster side were always in control and were never in any danger from the opening whistle.
Mark Shutte gave the blues the lead inside the opening minute, when he fired to the net. From there to the end it was all Dublin and the side never really took their foot off the gas. Devlin hit a point for Antrim but Kevin O’Loughlin cancelled out the score. The latter then hit a fantastic sideline cut but James Black replied for the Ulster men. Plunkett and O’Loughlin then pointed to stretch the Dubs lead. After 15 minutes Dublin had the match won but they failed to press home their advantage as they hit a number of poor wides.
Shutte and O’Loughlin added further points and only McCann could reply for Antrim. O’Loughlin, Shutte and Conor Gough got scores as the game began to drift away from Antrim. At halftime the writing was already on the wall for the Saffrons. As with the start of the match, Dublin scored a goal inside a minute of the restart, Sean McGrath finding the net. Shutte added a point and Dillon(2) and Dean Curran increased the lead even further. McMorrow, McGrath and O’Loughlin scored for the Dubs as the game drew to a close.
McMorrow fired over two more and O’Loughlin added another. McCann tried his hardest for Antrim and pointed two frees but Connolly responded for Dublin. Plunkett added a point and substitute Ben Quinn added the icing on the cake with a late goal. Plunkett and O’ Maoileidigh completed the scoring as the Blues ran out comprehensive winners.