Dublin 2-22 Clare 0-15
Dublin are through to Phase 3 of the GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship after a 2-22 to 0-15 win over Clare at Croke Park on Saturday afternoon.
The Dubs led by 0-14 to 0-7 at the break after a powerful first-half performance, but the Banner staged a fine comeback after the break, cutting the gap to just two points, after scoring five points in a row at the start of the second half.
However, the Clare revival was halted abruptly when a goalkeeping mistake by Donal Touhy allowed Peter Kelly to grab a fortuitous first goal for the men from the capital.
Dublin led 1-14 to 0-13 and further points from the excellent Alan McCrabbe – he finished with eight points, including two sublime sideline cuts – and Maurice O’Brien before taking complete control in the final ten minutes.
Their second goal came in the 65th minute when livewire forward David O’Callaghan fed substitute Simon Lambert, who drove the ball to back of the net.
The sides were level at 0-4 apiece after 20 minutes before the Dubs, with O’Callaghan in excellent form, hit the next nine points of the game in a remarkable nine-minute spell.
John Conlon finally stopped the rot in the 33rd minute with a point from play, ending a 13-minute Clare spell without a score.
The Banner added further scores from Nicky O’Connell and Jonathan Clancy just before the break to trail by seven points at half-time.
O’Connell and the rangy Darach Honan were amongst the scorers as Clare hit five unanswered points after the break to cut the deficit to just two points.
However, Kelly’s goal proved to be the turning point in the second half and the Dubs powered home to claim their first-ever Qualifier win with 13 points to spare
Scorers — Dublin: A McCrabbe 0-8 (3f, 2 sl); D O’Callaghan 0-6; P Kelly 1-1; S Lambert 1-1; S Hiney 0-2; S Durkin, M O’Brien, L Rushe, D O’Dwyer 0-1 each. Clare: J Conlon, C Ryan (1f, 1 65) 0-3 each; N O’Connell, J Clancy, F Lynch 0-2 each; B Bugler, D Honan, S Collins 0-1 each.
Dublin: G Maguire; N Corcoran, T Brady, O Gough; S Hiney, J Boland, M O’Brien; J McCaffrey, S Durkin; P Kelly, L Rushe, A McCrabbe; P Carton, D O’Dwyer, D O’Callaghan. Subs: L Ryan for O’Dwyer (40), S Lambert for Durkin (45), M Carton for S Hiney (46, temporary); M Carton for P Carton (59), K Flynn for Rushe (67); S Ryan for O’Callaghan (68).
Clare: D Tuohy; P Vaughan, C Dillon, C Cooney; B Bugler, D McMahon, P Donnellan; B O’Connell, D O’Donovan; S Collins, J Conlon, J Clancy; F Lynch, D Honan, C Ryan. Subs: N O’Connell for Vaughan inj (17), A Markham for Collins (26), G Quinn for Donnellan inj (50). D Barrett for Ryan (58).