Cormac Costello shone as the Dubs found their form to see off Galway tonight in Croke Park
Last week’s defeat to Monaghan in Clones is certainly now buried, as Jim Gavin’s Dublin panel showed they still mean business with an 0-11 victory over Galway to get their league campaign on track. Dean Rock’s 57th minute goal put this tie to bed, pushing Dublin out to an 0-08 lead.
The boys in blue have still a long way to go before they reach their peak, but are showing sure signs that they’re serious about dominating for another year. Player of the Match winner Cormac Costello put in a massive shout for regular starting position tonight scoring five from play and one from an advance mark. Rock’s 1-05 added to the powerful performance, with Dublin recording their biggest winning margin over the Tribesmen in their last four meetings.
The Dublin manager is very happy with the team atmosphere and energy and was impressed with the young players coming through and pushing for starting places. pic.twitter.com/WeMc2Cgnqf
— RTÉ Sport (@RTEsport) February 2, 2019
The Dublin manager handed league debut starts to Liam Flatman and Sean Bugler. And the much talked about Darren Gavin entered the action as a second half substitute. Galway, who are still resting some of their more experienced players, will still be disappointed with this result, having performed better against the league champions in recent fixtures. And with Dublin holding them to only two scores in the second half, it told the real story of the night as the Dubs opened their shoulders and showed the patience in attack they’ve polished over the last number of years.
Galway made life difficult for Dublin from the throw in, as Cillian McDaid and Peter Cooke ruled the roost in the opening exchanges. Both players scored a brace each, with Paul Mannion breaking the deadlock in the 11th with a fine score. And it took until the 30th minute when Rock converted a free for Dublin to gain the lead. it would be a lead they wouldn’t let go of for the rest of the evening.
Mannion’s opening score certainly lifted Dublin, as debutant Bugler sent one over and Rock followed up. And they could have went in at half time two clear, but Hawkeye deemed a Cormac Costello attempt as wide after the umpires waved it over.
Dublin close out and kill the game after the break
Things went from bad to worse for Galway, as Dublin opened up and went on the attack. And to be fair, beat them all over the park. Outscoring the Tribesmen by 1-09 to 0-02 over the second 35 plus minutes, Rock and Mannion overlapped for the entire half to pull the defence apart. And as soon as Paul Flynn was introduced to the action he dropped a ball in deep, Rock stunned Galway keeper Ruairí Lavelle to turn and bury the ball into the roof of the net.
— The GAA (@officialgaa) February 2, 2019
Points followed for Niall Scully, Rock, and another brace from Costello ended the night with Dublin completely on top. Barry McHugh and Johnny Heaney scored in the 36th and 60th respectively for Galway, but it was never going to be enough.
Dublin register their first points in the league table before they make the trip to Kerry next weekend.
Scorers for Dublin:
Dean Rock 1-05 (3f)
Cormac Costello 0-06 (1 mark)
Paul Mannion 0-02
Sean Bugler 0-01
Niall Scully 0-01 (1 mark)
Scorers for Galway:
Peter Cooke 0-02
Cillian McDaid 0-02
Johnny Heaney 0-01
Shane Walsh 0-01 (1f)
Barry McHugh 0-01 (1f)
1. Evan Comerford
2. Eric Lowndes
3. Michael Fitzsimons
4. Eoin Murchan
5. James McCarthy
6. Jonny Cooper
7. John Small
8. Brian Fenton
21. Liam Flatman
19. Sean Bugler
11. Cormac Costello
12. Niall Scully
13. Paul Mannion
14. Dean Rock
15. Ryan Basquel
10. Brian Howard for Basquel (49)
22. Paul Flynn for Bugler (55)
18. Jack McCaffrey for Small (60)
23. Darren Gavin for McCarthy (61)
24. Conor McHugh for Mannion (66)
1. Ruairí Lavelle
2. Eoghan Kerin
3. Seán Andy Ó Ceallaigh
23. Johnny Duane
5. Gary O’Donnell
6. Gareth Bradshaw
7. Seán Kelly
8. Ciaran Duggan
9. Thomas Flynn
10. Cillian McDaid
11. Peter Cooke
12. Johnny Heaney
13. Padraig Cunningham
14. Shane Walsh
22. Cein D’Arcy
15. Barry McHugh for McDaid (HT)
20. Fintan Cooney for D’Arcy (60)
21. Danny Cummins for Cunningham (60)
17. Gearoid Armstrong for Cooke (62)
4. David Wynne for O’Ceallaigh (66)