Dubs blow Lilies out of the water in second half

Kildare led by two at the break but had no answers on the resumption

Tommy Callaghan


Tommy Callaghan



Dubs blow Lilies out of the water in second half

Daniel Flynn scored 1-2

In the end the seven point winning margin for Dublin was a little kind to Kildare as the All Ireland Champions simply blew The Lilies away on the resumption in Croke Park this evening, scoring 2-5 in 14 minutes and while Cian O'Neilll's side finished decent, scoring 1-3 in the final ten minutes (Luke Flynn finding the Dublin net with a beauty) there was no denying Dublin the two Allianz League points on offer, as eventually winning on a final score line of 2-17 to 2-10.

Kildlare dominated the opening half and while they led by two at the break it could and should have been much more with two goldlen goal chances going begging; while Luke Flynn took his goal well gathering a ball that looked to be going wide before beating Cluxton on his near post.

Losing Neil Flynn after just three minutes with a hamstring was a big blow and Chris Healy was shown a black card on 20 minutes ceretainly didn't help the cause.

Scorers: Dublin, Dean Rock 1-2 (2 frees), Colm Basquel 0-3, Brian Fenton 0-3, Ciarán Kilkenny 0-2, Niall Scully 0-2, Brian Howard 0-2, Bernard Brogan 0-1, John Small 0-1, Kevin mcManamon 0-1.

Kildare, Daniel Flynn 1-2, Luke Flynn 1-0, Eamonn Callaghan 0-3 (3 frees), Kevin Feely 0-2 (2 frees), Paul Cribbin 0-1, Neil Flynn 0-1 (free), Mark Donnellan 0-1 (free),

DUBLIN: Stephen Cluxton; David Byrne, Michael Fitzsimons, Darren Daly; Jonny Cooper; James McCarthy, John Small; Brian Fenton, Michael Darragh MacAuley; Brian Howard, Ciaran Kilkenny, Niall Scully; Colm Basquel, Dean Rock, Bernard Brogan. Subs: Kevin McManamon for Michael Darragh MacAuley (46 minutes); Eric Lowndes for Jonny Cooper (51 minutes); Paul Mannion for Dean Rock (54 minutes); Philly McMahon for Michael Fitzsimons (55 minutes); Cillian O'Shea for Darren Daly (59 minutes); Paddy Andrews for Bernard Brogan (65 minutes).

KILDARE: Mark Donnellan; Peter Kelly, David Hyland, Mick O’Grady; Johnny Byrne, Eoin Doyle (C) Cian O’Donoghue; Kevin Feely, Luke Flynn; Fergal Conway, Chris Healy, Paul Cribbin; Neil Flynn, Daniel Flynn, Cathal McNally. Subs: David Slattery for Neil Flynn (3 minutes); Niall Kelly for Chris Healy (black card 20 minutes);Tommy Moolick for Fergal Conway (56 minutes); Ben McCormack for Luke Flynn (56 minutes); Mark Hyland for Peter Kelly (60 minutes); Eamonn Callaghan for Kevin Feely (60 minutes).

REFEREE: Conor Lane, Cork.