Dublin 3-15 Carlow 0-11
NHL Division 1B
By Darragh Twomey at Parnell Park
Dublin booked their place in the Division 1B National Hurling League Final where they will face Limerick after a win over Carlow at Parnell Park on Sunday afternoon (31st March).
Anthony Daly fielded a rather experimental side against the team at the bottom of the Division 1B table. Stephen Hiney and Ryan O’Dwyer both impressed on their return from injury, while Conal Keaney made a good impression at centre-back.
Despite winning the game by thirteen points, the Dubs were far from impressive as they struck thirteen wides in the first half.
David Treacy was on free-taking duty for Dublin in the absence of Paul Ryan, who had to settle for a place on the bench, and it was Treacy who opened the scoring with a free early on.
Carlow went ahead in the sixth minute thanks to two quick free’s from Marty Kavanagh.
However, their lead didn’t last long as Dublin found the net two minutes later. Treacy delivered a clever pass across the face of goal and wing-forward Kevin Byrne tapped the ball in from close range.
Eamonn Dillon scored a brilliant point to keep Dublin ahead, but Carlow responded well with David English and Marty Kavanagh scoring a point each.
Dublin scored a second goal twenty minutes into the half, this time it was Niall McMorrow who was on target. The Ballyboden man broke away from a crowd of Carlow defenders before placing the ball neatly into the bottom corner from the edge of the large rectangle.
Kavanagh added two points for Carlow from placed balls, while his wing-forward partner John Michael Nolan stuck over a point from open play.
Simon Lambert scored a fine point for the boys in blue in the twenty-fourth minute, striking over from fifty-yards out by the sideline.
Dublin failed to score from play for the next ten minutes. However, Treacy did score a free during this period of poor shooting.
It was Liam Rushe who brought this poor spell to an end when he hit the ball over the black-spot from his midfield territory. This score was soon followed by referee Christy Browne’s half-time whistle and Dublin lead by 2-05 to 0-07 at the break.
Niall McMorrow got the second-half scoring under way with a point from the wing. Treacy added two points to his tally from placed balls, while Kavanagh scored Carlow’s first point of the half ten minutes after the restart.
Carlow goalkeeper Brian Treacy denied Conor McCormack a goal from close range, and this proved to be McCormack’s last piece of action as he was soon replaced by David O’Callaghan, while in the other corner Eamon Dillon was replaced by Paul Ryan.
Ryan returned to his free-taking duties and made an immediate impact on the game as he scored three free’s in quick succession just after the midway point in the half.
The game was effectively ended just before the hour mark when McMorrow scored his second goal for the Metropolitans, this time assisted by some neat build up play from half-back. Stephen Hiney played a clever hand-pass across to Liam Rushe who knocked the ball up-field. McMorrow made a brilliant catch before turning his opponent and burying the ball into the net from twenty-one-yards out.
Paul Ryan and Shane Kavanagh exchanged points before Carlow were reduced to fourteen men when John Nolan picked up his second yellow for pulling wildly across the legs of Ruairi Trainor.
Carlow picked up two late points courtesy of Marty and Shane Kavanagh, both from free’s, but Ryan went one better for Dublin as he slotted over three points before the final whistle, and the game ended Dublin 3-15 Carlow 0-11.
Dublin: Simon Lambert (0-1), Liam Rushe (0-1), Niall McMorrow (2-1), Kevin Byrne (1-0), David Treacy (0-4 f), Eamon Dillon (0-1), Paul Ryan (0-7, 0-5 f).
Carlow: David English (0-1), Marty Kavanagh (0-7, 0-6 f), John Michael Nolan (0-1), Shane Kavanagh (0-2, 0-1 f).
Dublin: Alan Nolan, Ruairi Trainor, Paul Schutte, Oisisn Gough, Stephen Hiney, Conal Keaney, Shane Durkin, Simon Lambert, Liam Rushe, Ryan O’Dwyer, Niall McMorrow, Kevin Byrne, Conor McCormack, David Treacy, Eamon Dillon. Subs Paul Ryan, Sean McGrath, Maurice O’Brien, David O’Callaghan, Glen Whelan.
Carlow: Brian Treacy, Hugh Paddy O’Byrne, Eoin Nolan, Des Shaw, Alan Corcoran, Richard Coady, Johnny Corcoran, David English, Edward Coady, Jack Kavanagh, Marty Kavanagh, John Michael Nolan, Peter Shaw, Shane Kavanagh, Daryl Roberts.