Dublin 2-20 Loughiel 1-9
Two second-half goals from Robbie Mahon and Conor McCormack helped Dublin record an eight-point win overUlster Club champions Loughiel in their senior hurling challenge match at Naomh Mearnog yesterday lunchtime.
The experimental Dublin selection gave a lethargic first-half display and they trailed by 1-9 to 0-9 at the interval, with Joey Scullion availing of a rare Stephen Hiney slip to goal on 30 minutes for the Antrim club.
Dublin improved upon the restart and Mahon’s goal in the 38th minute gave the hosts the lead for the first time.
McCormack’s superb individual goal six minutes from the end sealed a satisfactory afternoon’s work for manager Anthony Daly, who witnessed Conal Keaney’s return to the county colours in their impressive 4-17 to 1-11 victory over NUI Galway on Friday night.
“We’ll be missing roughly 11 for the upcoming Walsh Cup but I still think we’ll have a nice team out, with Conal returning to the fold,” said Daly.
Scorers — Dublin: R Mahon, C McCormack 1-3 each, D O’Callaghan 0-4 (0-1f), P Carton, D Curtin (0-1f), T Connolly (0-1f) 0-2 each, D Plunkett, S Ryan, N McMorrow, P Gillan (own point) 0-1 each. Loughiel: J Scullion 1-4 (0-4f), B MacAuley 0-7 (0-5f, 0-1 ’65’), B McCarry 0-2, C McKinley, D Laverty 0-1 each.
Dublin — F McGarry; C Harney, S Hiney, O Gough; D Kelly, J Sheanon, M Quilty; D Curtin, D Plunkett; P Carton, C McCormack, R Mahon; D O’Callaghan, S Ryan, T Connolly. Subs: C Clinton for Plunkett (h-t), J Doughan for Sheanon (h-t), N McMorrow for Curtin (40).
Loughiel — D Quinn; P Gillan, L McGarry, R McCloskey; Mark McFadden, J Campbell, M Scullion; D Laverty, B MacAuley; C McKinley, O McFadden, L McKillop; B McCarry, J Scullion, A Watt. Subs: T McFadden for M Scullion (30), D McKinley for Watt and Mick McFadden for Mark McFadden (45).
Ref — M Butler (Kilmacud Crokes)