Dublin hurlers easily overcame an understrength Limerick side by 4-15 to 1-8 in a challenge match in Clonad, Laois last night.
Anthony Daly fielded a strong blues team including some players who will not be available to him for this weekends Walsh Cup meeting with Antrim due to college commitments.
Conal Keaney, who recently committed to the hurlers, having given football priority in recent season, was one of the star performers scoring 2-1 in the first-half . Peadar Carton and David O’Callaghan were also to the fore for Dublin, both having excellent games. Newcomer, Conor McCormack, caught the eye at wing-forward as did Dubs captain, Stephen Hiney, at corner-back. Shane Ryan lined out at wing-forward while the Na Fianna duo of Tomás Brady and Joey Boland played at full-back and centre-back respectively.
Despite the impressive performance last night, it was not all good news for Anthony Daly as it now seems certain that Alan McCrabbe will miss the county’s entire National League programme. The Craobh Chiaráin man has missed most of Dublin’s early-season training sessions due to an on-going hip injury. It had been expected that he would be back within three weeks an MRI scan uncovered much more serious damage and McCrabbe now looks set to be out of action for up to three months.
McCrabbe was Dublin’s top scorer in both last year’s league (1-47; 40f, 1 ’65’)) and championship (0-28; 16f, 3 slines, 1 ’65’)
“What God gave us with one hand (the return of Conal Keaney) he took away with the other,” said Anthony Daly.