Dubs prevail against gutsy Carlow

Dublin 3-15 Carlow 0-18 

Mattie Kenny’s Dublin were made work for the two points on Saturday at Parnell Park as Colm Bonnar’s Carlow promoted from Division 2A game them a stern test.

Cualla club man Darragh O’Connell gave the Dubs a dream start after just four minutes with a superb goal. Before that though Fiontan McGibb and Fergal Whitely tapped over points. Marty Kavanagh who impressed for Carlow scoring 0-12 overall got their opening point of the game and it was 1-2 to 1 after the 4 minutes of play. Dublin though then relied on scraps to be fair as Carlow pushed on. John Hetherton got Dublin’s last few scores of the half  four points 3 from frees and 1 from play. Carlow led by the impressive Kavanagh firing 8 points in the first half to give Carlow a 0-11 to 1-06 lead at the break. 6 of Kavanagh’s scores came from frees and 2 from play in the opening half. Dublin were near full strength to be fair in terms of their team minus Conal Kearney, Mark Schutte and Cian O’Callaghan but their 6 sides in the opening half wouldn’t have pleased the new boss.

On the resumption they were much better in fairness. Donal Burke was superb scoring 1-04 and he was a real match winner in fairness. McGibb and Burke pointed on the restart , before Hetherton and Malone combined to set up Eamonn Dillon for a goal on 40 minutes. Dublin were now ahead by three points , 2-08 to 0-11 and remained ahead even though Kavanagh’s accuracy was keeping Carlow in touching distance.

Tomas Connolly brother of Dublin footballing star Diarmuid tapped over a nice point, before Paddy Smyth also pointed. Danny Sutcliffe was introduced off the bench by Mattie Kenny and he played quite well making a big impact in the forward line, while Oisin O’Rourke was also brought in by Kenny to settle down the forward line and he did just that and he finished the scoring with a free at the end .

Dublin will have bigger games ahead in Division but Carlow will be delighted with their performance especially considering they are 8/1 underdogs.


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