Dublin’s hurlers continued their excellent start to 2011 with an easy 13 point victory over Offaly in their Allianz National League clash at Tullamore on Sunday.
Anthony Daly’s side have beaten both Tipperary and Kilkenny in recent weeks and will fear no side as the year progresses. The win keeps them in contention for a place in the latter stages of the competition, and a possible second meeting with the cats, who top the table after beating Wexford at the weekend.
The Blues started Sunday’s game brightly and were six points to the good when Offaly were reduced to 14 men, with Brian Mulrooney seeing red for the Faithful county.Anthony Daly had been quoted last year as saying that all Dublin were missing were two or three big game players. Daly appears to have got his wish this time round, in the shape of Conal Keaney and Ryan O’Dwyer. Keaney was again in impressive form yesterday and finished with nine points. Former Tipperary player, O’Dwyer scored 2-2.
Offaly matched the visitors for the opening quarter and were level at five points each after 14 minutes. That was to be as good as it got for the home side. Daly’s men hit 2-7 without reply in the run up to halftime and in truth, the second period was a mere formality.
Shane Dooley scored 1-3 for Offaly but received a bad ear injury late in the game, and it later emerged that he may require surgery. If he is absent for any length of time it will be a bitter blow to his county’s chances of staying in Division One. The son of manager, Joe, is the star man in this side and without him they could really struggle.
Dublin – G Maguire 8; N Corcoran 8, T Brady 8, P Kelly 7; P Schutte 7, J Boland 8, S Durkan 7; J McCaffrey 8, L Rushe 6; C McCormack 7, L Ryan 7, C Keaney 8; D Plunkett 8, R O’Dwyer 9, P Carton 7. Subs: S Ryan 7 for L Ryan (51), P Ryan 7 for O’Dwyer (51), C Clinton 8 for McCormack (58), S Hiney 7 for Schutte (60).
Offaly – J Dempsey 7; S Egan 7, D Morkam 5, B Mulrooney 4; R Hanniffy 6, D Hayden 7, M Verney 6; C Mahon 7, C Parlon 6; J Bergin 6, J Mulrooney 6, C Egan 7; B Carroll 7, G Healion 5, S Dooley 7. Subs: D Currams 6 for Parlon (41), M Cordial 6 for J Mulrooney (44), S Wynne 6 for Healion (50), O Kealey (not on long enough) for Dooley (66).
Referee – A Kelly (Galway).