Dublin produced a great team performance to easily overcome a sluggish looking Galway outfit today who were missing their Portumna contingent. Dublin started well with points from Liam Rushe and Alan McCrabbe. This was followed by a cracking Liam Ryan goal, taking on and beating two defenders before rattling the back of the net.
Midway through the half Dublin led by 1-8 to 0-7 but with halftime approaching they increased this lead to 1-10 to 0-7. The Dublin defence was standing firm and giving very little away with Rory Trainor, Stephen Hiney and Tomas Brady putting in some great work.
Dublin started the second half as they finished the first with a brace of points from Liam Rushe and Simon Lambert to stretch their lead further. This was followed by brilliant defending by Tomas Brady and Rory Trainor who combined to stop a certain Galway goal. Dublin were starting to get on top all over the field and Galway replaced their centre forward and full forward , but this did little to stem a surging Dublin team.
Fifteen minutes in Liam Rushe had the ball in the Galway net again, however the referee pulled back play and awarded Dublin a penalty, from which Alan McCrabbe pointed after deciding to take the safe option. Rushe again was unlucky not to goal after his effort was turned out by the Galway defence. McCrabbe then stepped up to point the resultant 65.
A poor Galway clearance led to a Peadar Carton point followed by a Galway free which left the scores at 1-17 to 0-13. However Dublin continued to pile on the pressure with a point from McCrabbe after good work from Liam Ryan. This was followed up by a Dotsie O’Callaghan goal after he dispossessed the goal keeper sending Dublin in to a 11 point lead.
Galway threw everything at Dublin, however they were not helped by having their full back sent off. Alan Nolan produced a fabulous save to deny Galway and the ball was cleared up the field for Liam Ryan to score his thrid point of the day to add to his first half goal. Shortly after this Galway were reduced to 13 men after their substitute was sent off on a straight red.
Dublin finished with points from McCrabbe (sideline) and McCaffrey (free) to run out easy 12 point winners. Great performances all round with Liam Rushe, Liam Ryan, Alan McCrabbe standing out.