Dublin Minor Hurlers win their way to Leinster semi final

November 8, 2018


O’Callaghan points way forward for minor hurlers

DUBLIN 1-21  OFFALY 1-11

Dublin are through to the Leinster MHC semi-finals following their impressive ten-point success against Offaly in Saturday’s Electric Ireland Leinster MHC quarter-final at O’Connor Park, Tullamore.

The Dubs used wind advantage astutely in the second half to come from a point in arrears (1-8 to 0-10) to book a provincial last-four clash (against Kilkenny or Kildare).

Pat Fanning’s men came out all guns blazing at the start of the second half and eight unanswered points put the young Dubs firmly in the driving seat.

Dublin tightened up at the back with Eoghan O’Donnell leading by example from centre-back while up front Con O’Callaghan finished with a personal tally of 1-5.

The Cuala man’s goal just inside the final ten minutes ultimately settled the matter with Eoghan Ó Conghaile also impressing in the full-forward line.

Dublin and Wexford are into the Leinster MHC semi-finals with Kildare facing Kilkenny and Offaly meeting Laois to decide the other two positions.

SCORERS – Dublin: C O’Callaghan 1-5, S Treacy 0-7 (4f, 1 ‘65’), E Ó Conghaile 0-4, S Ryan, E Conroy 0-2, AJ Murphy 0-1.  Offaly: D Murray 0-6 (5f), C Kiely 1-2 (1-0 pen, 0-2f), E Nolan 0-2 (1f), J Fogarty 0-1.

DUBLIN: J Treacy; G Quinlivan, C Mac Gabhann, J Bellew; F Ó Riain Broin, E O’Donnell, D Kelly; R McBride, AJ Murphy; S Ryan, S Treacy, E Conroy; C O’Callaghan, E McHugh, E Ó Conghaile.  Subs: J Malone for Quinlivan (27), M Kavanagh for Kelly (40), S Gray for Conroy (42), A Murphy for Ryan (46), D Butler for Bellew (57). 

OFFALY: E Cahill; S Feenane, C Kiely, C Taylor; D Doughan, C Doughan, B Conneely; E Nolan, D Mahon; A Spain, D Murray, D Kelly; J Kilmartin, C Daly, J Fogarty. Subs: R Hughes for Feenane (35), P Guinan for Mahon (52), C Freeman for Kilmartin (54), J Coyne for Doughan (57).

REF: P Burke (Kilkenny).