Dublin secured their second Walsh Cup win under Mattie Kenny against Offaly this afternoon

Walsh Cup - Dublin v Offaly

Dublin 0-27
Offaly 0-18

Parnell Park.

Mattie Kenny’s run continues as Dublin this afternoon all but booked their place in this year’s Walsh Cup Semi Finals with one more game to go after Christmas. They travel to Portlaoise on January 6th for their final game with the pressure off.

For Offaly, this was their second defeat, having lost to Laois last weekend. Laois welcomed Carlow to O’Moore Park, after Carlow lost to Mattie Kenny’s Dubs on Tuesday, but the away team got the better of their opponents, leaving a tough task for Laois against Dublin in the new year.

Despite the horrendous weather conditions we’ve had the past few days, today was dry with little or no wind and the playing surface was good under the circumstances. And the opening exchanges in the first few minutes were evenly contested with both sides registering 0-04. But Dublin were only getting warmed up and would take and rarely lose control for the rest of the game.

Donal Burke, David Treacy and Eamonn Dillon were among the scorers keeping the pendulum swinging in Dublin’s direction and by the break the home side had registered five point lead on 0-15 to 0-10.

Dublin Maintain Their Control to the end

A minute into the second session Cuala’s Sean Brennan gave his management team something to think about pulling off a fantastic save, giving his side an extra boost in confidence. Half time substitute Conor Burke opened Dublin’s second half account following an Offaly score and Cian Boland followed up minutes later.

Offaly tried to chip away at Dublin’s lead but the boys in blue seemed to have an almost immediate answer every time. With Eamonn Dillon, Cian Boland and John Hetherton continuing to run the show. As Kenny emptied the bench, Davy Keogh and Ronan Hayes added their names to the list of ten Dublin scorers this afternoon, and Offaly would never get closer to within five points of the hosts.

The only thing possibly missing from this afternoon’s contest was goals, but there were an abundance of scores. Enough to secure top spot for Dublin heading into Christmas break from the competition.

Dublin Scorers:

Cian Boland 0-04
David Treacy 0-04 (4f)
John Hetherton 0-04 (2f)
Donal Burke 0-04
Eamonn Dillon 0-04
Fergal Whitely 0-02
Conor Burke 0-02
Fintan McGibb 0-01
Davy Keogh 0-01
Ronan Hayes 0-01

Offaly Scorers:

Aidan Treacy 0-06 (4f, 1 ’65)
James Gorman 0-04
Shane Kinsella 0-02
Sean Dolan 0-02
Kevin Connolly 0-02 (1f)
Craig Taylor 0-01
Colin Egan 0-01

Dublin:

1. Sean Brennan
2. Lee Gannon
3. Cian O’Callaghan
4. Bill O’Carroll
5. Tom Connolly
6. Chris Crummey
7. Shane Barrett
9. Cian Boland
9. Sean Treacy
12. Fintan McGibb
11. Caolan Conway
10. David Treacy
13. John Hetherton
14. Donal Burke
15. Eamonn Dillon

Dublin Substitutes:

Fergal Whitely for D. Treacy
Daire Gray for Barrett
Conor Burke for Conway
L Walsh for Gannon
Oisin O’Rorke for Burke
Lee Gannon for O’Carroll
David Keogh for O’Callaghan
Ronan Hayes for Dillon
Glenn Whelan for Boland
Ronan Smith for Hetherton
John Hetherton for Crummey

Offaly:

1. Conor Clancy
4. Darren Healy
6. Paddy Rigney
2. Tom Spain
25. Cathal O’Brien
5. Enda Grogan
18. Niall Houlihan
8. Craig Taylor
9. Kevin Dunne
12. Shane Kinsella
11. Sean Dolan
10. Padraic Guinan
13. Kevin Connolly
14. Aidan Treacy
15. James Gorman

Offaly Substitutes:

Mark Egan for Healy
Colin Egan for Grogan
Dylan Murray for Guinan
Eoin Parlon for Gorman
Eoin Callaghan for Treacy