Three footballers jump to challenge for the ball during the Dubs Stars Challenge game

 

Dublin 319

Dubs Stars 114

 

The Dublin footballers cruised to victory in the annual Dubs Stars challenge game which took place in Naomh Barrog with Oisin Lynch and Conor McHugh the standout performers.

Lynch was the top scorer at the Kilbarrack venue with the Fingallians forward finishing with 2-03 to his name and McHugh wasn’t far behind him with a total of 1-05.

Three first half goals put Dublin in control at the break and although the Dubs Stars rallied in the second half Jim Gavin’s side had eleven points to spare at the finish.

McHugh opened the scoring with a converted free in the first minute but the Dubs Stars responded with a fine point from Kevin McManamon.

Three points in a row in a two minute spell from Cormac Diamond (twice) and Oisin Lynch pushes Dublin three to the good.

Kevin McManamon hit his second point of the game in the 8th minute but just four minutes later and Dublin took a strangle hold of the game with an excellent finish to the net from Lynch.

Two points from Ryan Basquel for the Dubs Stars reduced the deficit, but a point from Howley, his third of the half, Lynch with his second goal of the game and two points from Conor McHugh put Dublin firmly in control.

A goal from Michael McCarthy for the Dubs Stars with three minutes to go to the break narrowed the gap between the sides but any suggestion of late half comeback was quickly squashed as Dublin hit a quick fire 1-02.

Conor McHugh swung over a point and sixty seconds later he found the back of the net for Dublin’s third goal of the half, just before the short whistle Cormac Howley added another point to give Dublin a halftime lead of 3-09 to 1-04.

It was straight back to business for Gavin’s side on the resumption with six unanswered points, two a piece from Jack Hazley and Cormac Diamond and one each from McHugh and Lynch as Dublin went 17 points clear.

The Dubs Stars though battled back and made a real contest of it for the rest of the game.

Five points on the spin, two from Sean Bugler and one each from Shane Horan, Stephen Smith and Kevin McManamon reduced the Dublin lead to 12.

The Dublin advantage was pushed out to 14 with points from Aaron Byrne and Cormac Diamond, but another five point blitz from the Dubs Stars scored by Ryan Basquel (twice), Ger Brennan, McManamon and Tom Lahiff left nine between the sides with five minutes left to play.

But points from Oisin Lynch and Jack Hazley in the final stages of the contest ensured there would be no late drama and Dublin rounded off an incredible 2018 with a comfortable win.

 

Dublin Scorers:

 

Oisin Lynch 2-03

Conor McHugh 1-05 (0-2f)

Cormac Howley 0-04

Jack Hazley 0-03

Cormac Diamond 0-02

Aaron Byrne 0-02

 

Dubs Stars Scorers:

 

Ryan Basquel 0-04

Kevin McManamon 0-4

Micheal McCarthy 1-00

Sean Bugler 0-02

Shane Horan 0-01

Stephen Smith 0-01

Tom Lahiff 0-01

Ger Brennan 0-01

 

Dublin:

 

1. Andy Bunyan (Scoil Uí Chonaill)

2. Robbie McDaid (Ballyboden St Enda’s)

3. Sean McMahon (Raheney)

4. CJ Smith (Lucan Sarsfields)

5. Robbie Gaughan (Ballinteer St John’s)

6. Conor Mullally (Cuala)

7. Declan Monaghan (Clontarf)

8. Darren Gavin (Lucan Sarsfields)

9. Cormac Howley (Lusk)

10. Cormac Diamond (St Vincent’s)

11. Aaron Byrne (Na Fianna)

12. Shane Boland (Castleknock)

13. Oisin Lynch (Fingallians)

14. Jack Hazley (St Sylvester’s)

15. Conor McHugh (Na Fianna)

 

Substitutes:

 

Michael Shields

Nathan Doran

Eric Finn

Cian Murphy

 

Dubs Stars:

 

1. David Nestor (Kilmacud Crokes)

2. Liam Flatman (Kilmacud Crokes)

3. Andrew McGowan (Kilmacud Crokes)

4. Adam Fallon (Thomas Davis)

5. Cian O’Connor (Kilmacud Crokes)

6. Chris Guckian (St Jude’s)

7. Tom Lahiff (St Jude’s)

8. Aran Waters (Ballyboden St Enda’s)

9. Mark Sweeney (St Jude’s)

10. Shane Horan (Kilmacud Crokes)

11. Sean Bugler (Ballyboden St Enda’s)

12. Kevin McManamon (St Jude’s)

13. Stephen Smith (Skerries Harps)

14. Ryan Basquel (Ballyboden St Enda’s)

15. Micheal McCarthy ((St Sylvester’s)

 

Substitutes:

 

Liam Mailey

Ger Brennan

Tomas Quinn

Ronan Ryan