Sean Guiden and Luke Swan on target for the Dublin Minors in the second half of last night match in O’Connor Park

Dublin Minors - Conor Murray

 

Offaly 0-10
Dublin 2-11

O’Connor Park, Tullamore

Jason Sherlock’s Dublin Minors have certainly bounced back from their defeat to Meath last week as they ran out winners last night against Offaly in Round 3 of this years Leinster Minor Football Championship, boosting their chances of a semi final slot.

The boys in blue now sit in 2nd place in the Group 1 table behind Meath, who keep their 100% record after three rounds. Dublin have yet to play Wicklow and Westmeath who both sit below them in the table.

Offaly had come into last night’s game unbeaten, with victories over Westmeath and Wicklow, and Dublin started slow, allowing Offaly get off to a quicker start, leading by 0-03 after 18 minutes with scores from Aaron Kellaghan, Jack Bryant, Ed Cullen and Sean Courtney. In that time Dublin had only registered one score, coming from a Mark Lavin free in the 14th minute.

Dublin Minors - Leinster Championship Table
Here’s what the Leinster MFC Group 1 looks like after three rounds

But some tidying up and more focused play saw the Dubs draw level by the 23rd minute. Malachy Codd, a late substitution in last week’s defeat to Meath, earned his starting position, scoring two brilliant points, and another Lavin free tied the game.

By the half time whistle Mark O’Leary and Conor Murray had put two between the sides with Dublin leading.

Following the break Dublin had some great scoring opportunities, with Mark Lavin’s low whipped shot saved by Offaly keeper Sean O’Toole. The Offaly boys would again up the intensity with scores from Kelleghan and Courtney suggesting we’d have a serious game on our hands.

But as Offaly raised the stakes, so did Dublin, and with six minutes remaining Luke Swan found himself fighting tooth and nail along the end, finally finding Guiden who finished perfectly to put the ball in the Offaly net.

Five minutes later Swan again broke the Offaly defence, this time finishing himself to raise the second green flag.

So Dublin take the points, going comfortably into the competition’s four week break before they meet Wicklow in Parnell Park on June 27th.

Offaly Scorers:
A Kellaghan 0-04 (1f)
S Courtney 0-02
J Bryant 0-02 (1f)
M Cunningham 0-01
E Cullen 0-01

Dublin Scorers:
S Guiden 1-03 (3f)
M Lavin 0-03 (3f)
L Swan 1-00
M Codd 0-02
M O’Leary 0-01
C Murray 0-01
S Foran 0-01

Offaly:
S O’Toole
A Brazil
K Dolan
B Nolan
E Cullen
R Egan
H Balsiger
C Donoghue
M Tynan
L Egan
S Courtney
M Cunningham
J Bryant
C Delaney
A Kellaghan

Substitutes:
J Nolan for L Egan (25)
P Bennett for Delaney (40)
S McCloskey for Donoghue (50)
L Pearsons for Courtney (57)

Dublin:
S Bohan
C O’Brien
A Fearon
A Rafter
R Dwyer
E Cashman
M Lavin
E Adamson
A Watson
M O’Leary
C Murray
M Codd
C Hennessy
L Swan
D Smith

Substitutes:
J Bannon for Rafter (H/T)
S Guiden for Hennessy (38)
S Foran for Codd (40)
C McManus for Watson (44)
M Grogan for Murray (45)
L Dunne for Fearon (57)