Dublin Minor Hurlers reach all ireland semi

November 8, 2018


Dublin’s minor hurlers recovered from a poor start to fend off Antrim in this All-Ireland MHC quarter-final at Crossmaglen on Saturday afternoon.

The Glensmen, who finished with 14 men, got off to a great start and led 1-3 to 0-1 in the early stages before the young Dubs launched their recovery.

In the second minute Daniel McCloskey goaled for Antrim and by the 13th minute they had opened up a five-point advantage.

Three minutes later Cormac Costello struck for their first of his two goals in the opening half, his second coming in the 28th minute.

Between both the goals from the Whitehall Colmcille’s lad Antrim had full-back Mathew Donnelly sent off.

After leading 2-6 to 1-6 at the break a Fergal Heavey goal in the opening minute of the second half pushed Dublin further ahead, 3-6 to 1-6, and with the likes of Danny Sutcliffe, Cillian Moffat, and Seán McClelland very vigalant in defence the Dubs never really looked back as they progress to the last four – they face Clare on August 15 in Croke Park

Antrim did make a revival in the second period but points from Cillian Moffat (2), Emmet O Conghaile, John Hetherton, Ben Quinn, Naoise Maguire and Niall Ryan saw the Dubs home with the boys in blue scoring the last four points of the hour.

SCORERS – Dublin: C Costello 2-1, F Heavey 1-1, C Moffat (0-2f, 0-1 65), D Flood (0-3f) 0-3 each, B Quinn, E O Conghaile, J Hetherton (0-1f), N Maguire, N Ryan 0-1 each. Antrim: C Clarke 0-6 (6f), D McCloskey 1-1, C McCann 0-2, J Black, C McGuinness 0-1 each.
DUBLIN – E Dillon; C Murphy, E McKenna, S McClelland; C Moffat, D Sutcliffe, B Quinn; B McCarthy, D Kelly; E O Conghaile, G Whelan, F Heavey; C Costello, C Kilkenny, D Flood. Subs: N Maguire for Heavey (43); J Hetherton for Kelly (46); M McCaffrey for Moffat (56); N Ryan for Costello (60).
ANTRIM – J O’Mullan; C Orchin, M Donnelly, O Quinn; C Morgan, D McPeake, A McGowan; J Black, P McNaughton; C McCann, C McGuinness, R O’Neill; D McCloskey, S Jennings, C Clarke. Subs: F Donnelly for O’Neill (38); E McAlonan for Jennings (50).