Donal Burke Helps U21’s To Leinster Semi Final With Win Over Westmeath


Donal Burke - Dublin U21 Hurlers

Na Fianna star Donal Burke scored 2-03 to ensure the Dublin U21’s Season keeps going.

Westmeath 1-13
Dublin 2-13

Dublin’s U21 Hurlers were worth every piece of their three point win over Westmeath in Mullingar last night with senior star Donal Burke bagging 2-03 of their 2-13 score to book a Semi Final slot against Wexford on June 20th.

In a game that could have been very different, Dublin hit 19 wides and were four scores down at half time. But they eventually found their groove to surpass their opponents.

Westmeath had the better of the opening exchanges and a Killian Doyle goal inside two minutes really helped their cause. His brother Ciaran registered 0-02 before Donal Burke got on the end of a high ball from Eoghan Dunne to score his first goal.

Burke then converted a free to bring Dublin closer again, and Ciaran Doyle and Eoghan Conroy traded points before Killian Doyle converted to give Westmeath a 0-02 advantage.

The Doyle brothers combined again with a score each to finish the half 1-09 to 1-05 in Westmeath’s favour.

Dublin Comeback

With two minutes gone on the second half, Burke grabbed his second goal. Killian Doyle sent another free over a minute later to give Westmeath more comfort but Dowling responded with a free of his own.

Fergal Whitely finally levelled things for Dublin before Killian Doyle struck again.

Colin Currie had a goal disallowed for a foul on Westmeath keeper Brian McHugh, but Dublin dug deep and scored five unanswered though Burke (2), Currie and Whitely, with Ronan Hayes getting the insurance score.

Killian Doyle got the last say with a point for Westmeath before full time but it was too late as Dublin had done enough to secure the victory.

Scorers for Westmeath:
Killian Doyle 1-07 (7f)
Ciaran Doyle 0-06 (1f)

Scorers for Dublin:
Donal Burke 2-03 (1f)
Ciaran Dowling 0-4
Ronan Hayes 0-02 (2f, 1 “65”)
Fergal Whitely 0-02
Colin Currie 0-01
Eoghan Conroy 0-01

1. Brian McHugh
2. Naoise McKenna
3. Kevin Regan
4. Sean Lancaster
5. Joe Rabbitte
6. Conor Kane
7. Darragh Reilly
8. Plunkett Maxwell
9. Conor McCrossan
10. Eoin Keyes
11. Killian Doyle
14. Ciaran Doyle
13. Jimmy Goonery
12. Niall Mitchell
15. Fiachra Heeney

19. Paddy Doody for Heeney (7)
22. Eoghan Ahearn for Doody (42)
18. John McCarthy for Keyes (42).

1. Dara Perry
2. Donnacha Ryan
3. Paddy Smyth
4. Shane Howard
5. Eoghan Conroy
6. Conor Burke
7. Daire Gray
8. Fergal Whitely
9. Lee Gannon
10. Ciaran Dowling
11. Eoghan Dunne
12. Ronan Hayes
13. Cian O’Sullivan
14. Donal Burke
15. Paul Crummey

20. Conor Ryan for Gannon (23)
22. Colin Currie for Dunne (HT)
23. Cillian Costello for O’Sullivan (47)
18. Jack McVeigh for Howard (59)
24. Aidan Mellett for Dowling (63)