Dublin powered to a 0-20 to 0-09 win over Carlow at Dr Cullen Park on Saturday. Mattie Kenny’s side need to put in a big second half performance to come away with the two points which puts them in a nice position in Division 1B.

Colm Bonnar’s charges had the better of the opening 20 minutes. Marty Kavanagh knocked over two nice frees, while John Michael Nolan registered a score from play, while Rian McBride knocked over two points for Dublin. It was 0-03 to 0-02 in favour of Carlow. Dublin did however move into the lead. Sean Moran, the impressive McBride and Oisin O’Rorke all pushing the Dubs into a 0-06 to 0-04 advantage at the break.

Dublin should have two goals within the space of  few minutes on the resumption. Chris Crummy raiding forward from midfield. His first chance he was adjudged to have over carried, while the second chance he went wide of the right post. Dublin obviously got a stern dressing down by Kenny at half time. Dublin were against the wind but the intensity in everything they done was raised. Paul Ryan who was called upon from the bench knocked over 5 points. John Hetherton then had a goal chance saved by Carlow netminder Jordan.  Dublin powered home their advantage in the end and were full value for their 11 point win in the end.

Carlow: Damien Jordan; Ross Smithers, Paul Doyle, Michael Doyle; Richard Coady, David English (0-01, 1f), Gary Bennett; Jack Kavanagh, Aaron Amond; John Michael Nolan (0-02), Marty Kavanagh (0-06,4f), Kevin McDonald; Ted Joyce, Paul Coady, Cathal Tracey.

Subs: Sean Whelan for R. Coady (16 mins), Ciaran Abbey for Jordan (47 mins), Dean Tobin for Smithers (59 mins), Dara Tobin for P. Coady (60 mins), Tadgh Daly for Amond (69 mins).

Dublin: Alan Nolan; Paddy Smyth, Eoghan O Donnell, James Madden; Chris Crummey (0-02), Daire Gray (0-02), Sean Moran (0-02, 1f); Jake Malone, Rian McBride (0-04); John Hetherton, Donal Burke, Mark Schutte; Oisin O’Rorke (0-03, 3f), Ronan Hayes, Shane Barrett.

Subs: David Kehoe (0-02) for Schutte (h/t), Cian O’Callaghan for Barrett (h/t), Paul Ryan (0-05, 3f, 1′ 65) for O’Rourke (49 mins), Alex McNeill for McBride (blood 63 mins), Fiontán McGibb for Burke (67 mins), Andrew Dunphy (67 mins) for Madden (69 mins).

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