Dublin ease past UCD at Parnell Park

Updated: January 15, 2012

Dublin are on course to get their year off to a flying start after easing their way to a semi-final meeting with either Kildare or Offaly in the Bord na Móna O’Byrne Cup next weekend.

The boys in blue impressed with a comfortable win over UCD at their old stomping ground Parnell Park following a win that included four top class goals.

The side, which featured a host of new names since last year’s All-Ireland victory, once again impressed and ensured some healthy competition for places before the 2012 championship and league campaigns get underway.

Miceal McCarthy was one of the outstanding performers of the game with a fine display that included four points from play as well as one pointed free.

Meanwhile, last year’s goal scoring hero, Kevin McManamon struck again with the opening goal of the game on 27 minutes after he edged around fellow teammate Rory O’Carroll who had lined out in the UCD defence.

The goal saw Dublin lead by 1-11 to 0-5 at half-time.

Tomas Quinn produced another fine display that is sure to impress boss Pat Gilroy with a five point tally in the first half before being substituted at half time.

Captain Bryan Cullen added to the goals tally just after the break when McManamon turned provider with a weighted handpass that put Cullen through on goal and the Skerries Harps man made no mistake.

Diarmuid Connolly made it three goals for Dublin just ten minutes later with a powerful shot to the far corner of the UCD net before second half substitute Sean Murray added a fourth.

The game ended 4-14 to 0-12 in front of a crowd of 3,000 who were treated to some fine displays as Dublin continue to build momentum ahead of a championship campaign that will see them attempt to defend their first All-Ireland title in sixteen years.

Next weekend’s semi-final will see them take on either Kildare or Offally who meet in the last-eight today, Sunday in Newbridge at 2pm.

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