Dublin defeated a brave and gallant Cork team by nine points in their opening game of the National Hurling League. The Cork team were given a standing ovation by the Pairc Ui Chaoimh crowd as they came on to the field but this didn’t help them as Dublin raced into a 3-2 to 0-3 point lead.
John Kelly scored Dublin’s first goal following good work by centre forward Liam Ryan. Liam Rushe who started corner forward instead of David Treacy then followed this up with a brace of goals to add to Alan McCrabbes 4 points (3 frees) which left Dublin leading by 4 points at half time, 3-4 to 0-7.
Cork started to make inroads into Dublin’s lead in the second half when they scored a penalty and with 55 minutes gone on the clock the score was Dubnlin 3-10 Cork 1-11. However Dublin held their nerve to finish out the match strongly with a goal from a sideline cut from top scorer Alan McCrabbe who finished the game with 1-09 to his name.
Points were further tacked on by Liame Rushe, David Treacy and John McCaffrey to close out the match and put Dublin in a strong position to maintain their Division 1 NHL status.
Dublin’s best performers were Alan McCrabbe, Stephen Hiney, Liam Ryan and Derek O’Reilly.