DUBLIN’S hurlers turned in another strong pre-league display on the challenge match circuit yesterday, beating Tipperary by 1-21 to 1-19 in Nenagh.
Having drawn with Clare two Sundays back, Anthony Daly’s man continued their preparations for next Friday night’s Walsh Cup opener with UCD in Parnell Park (7.30) with inspired displays from Paul Ryan, Eamonn Dillon and in particular, Danny Sutcliffe.
Paul Schutte, who missed almost all of last year with a knee ligament injury, played at full-back as Tipp raced into a 0-8 to 0-1 lead after just 15 minutes but a goal from Sutcliffe helped propel Dublin into a two-point half-time advantage as they belatedly found their range.
Corner man Ryan (0-10, 6fs) and Dillon (0-3) helped themselves to 13 points between them and Tipp were relied largely on the inspired form of goalkeeper Darren Gleeson, who made a number of impressive saves from close range from a selection of Dublin forwards to ensure a tight finish.
Eoin Kelly and Shane Bourke were introduced to the fray to telling effect for Tipperary, with the latter netting for the Premier after 56 minutes but points from Man of the Match Sutcliffe and Johnny McCaffrey secured the result for Daly’s men.
SCORERS – Dublin: P Ryan 0-10 (6f), D Sutcliffe 1-3, E Dillon 0-3, J McCaffrey 0-2, C Keaney, M Carton, S Lambert 0-1 each. Tipperary: S Callanan 0-7 (4f), E Kelly 0-4 (2f, 1pen), S Bourke 1-0, J McLoughney (1 sl), J O’Dwyer, J O’Neill 0-2 each, B O’Meara, J Ryan (f) 0-1 each.
DUBLIN: G Maguire; N Corcorcan, P Schutte, R Trainor; P Kelly, M Carton, C Crummey; J Boland, S Durkin; D Sutcliffe, J McCaffrey, C Keaney; E Dillon, M Schute, P Ryan. Subs: N McMorrow for M Schutte (53); S Lambert for Crummey, Ross O’Carroll for Keaney (63).
TIPPERARY: D Gleeson; D Maher, C O’Mahony, P Curran; S McGrath, S Hennessy, B Maher; C O’Brien, J McLoughney; S Callanan, J O’Dwyer, P Maher; M Heffernan, B O’Meara, J O’Neill. Subs: E Kelly for Callanan (37, inj), S Bourke for Heffernan (51), J Ryan for O’Neill (51).