A massive crowd travelled to O’Moore Park in Portlaoise from the Capital this past Saturday to cheer on Jim Gavin’s Dublin Senior Footballers as they commenced their defence of the Delaney Cup against Carlow. And over the last couple of years the fans have silenced the naysayers who claim that the blue army don’t travel.

Despite a very defensive performance by their Carlow opponents, Dublin soldiered on and won comfortably on a score of 0-19 to 0-07. And while it wasn’t the spectacle the travelling fans would have wanted, it had a good few positives.

Jack McCaffrey and Niall Scully dealt out some lessons to the Carlow defence, Jonny Cooper returned and proved how much he was missed in the Dublin Full Back position. And former Senior Hurler and Cuala club man Mark Schutte made his senior debut coming off the bench to replace Niall Scully in the second half.

A twelve point victory is something to savour considering a blanket defence stood in Dublin’s way for the most part. But there was enough scoring ability in the ranks to muster the bigger margin.

Dublin Scorers:

Dean Rock 0-06 (6f)
Ciaran Kilkenny 0-03
Jack McCaffrey 0-02
Con O’Callaghan 0-02 (2f)
Bernard Brogan 0-02
Paul Mannion 0-01
Niall Scully 0-01
Diarmuid Connolly 0-01 (’45)
Conor McHugh 0-01

Carlow Scorers:

Paul Broderick 0-03 (3f)
Brendan Murphy 0-01
Sean Murphy 0-01
Danny Moran 0-01
Darragh Foley 0-01 (1f)

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