Two Oisin O’Rorke goals aided the Dublin Hurlers to a comfortable victory in O’Connor Park this afternoon

 

Dublin Hurlers - Dublin v Offaly

Offaly 0-12
Dublin 2-19

Bord Na Mona O’Connor Park, Tullamore

Although Dublin’s Senior Hurlers were triumphant over Offaly in last year’s Leinster Championship, and again in December in the Walsh Cup, it was the defeat twelve months ago on the opening night of the League that left a last memory for most of the counties hurling fans. But this afternoon Mattie Kenny’s side put that loss to bed, and steamrolled Offaly to keep their 100% record in this year’s Division 1 B Campaign.

Dublin and Waterford are two for two in the Division, only seperated by score difference, with Carlow dramatically holding Galway to a draw at Netwatch Cullen Park. Their trip to Pearse Stadium in two weeks time now holds even more importance. And the result of that game could change the entire layout of the table.

An inspired 2-03 from Oisin O’Rorke bolstered the Dubs attack this afternoon, with Donal Burke again putting in a huge shift. Burke scored 0-06 himself and gave an assist for one of Dublin’s goals. Offaly, still reeling from last week’s trouncing by Waterford, fought proudly. But the result was always inevitable. The Faithful dug deep in the early stages of the second half, but Dublin refused to let their lead slip and comfortably eased to victory.

Kenny had named a really strong starting 15 yesterday. But before the game he made some changes adding Oisín O’Rorke, David Treacy, Danny Sutcliffe and Seán Treacy. For the spectator this showed a real statement of intent from the new Dublin manager. And it paid off tenfold.

Boys In Blue cruise from the throw in

From the off, Dublin played as if the memory of last year’s Round 1 clash was swirling around them. But for the first ten minutes the sides were deadlocked at 0-02 a piece. However, Donal Burke broke down the left flank and delivered a ball across to O’Rorke. The Crokes man found a gap on the corner of the penalty area, picked his spot and buried the ball into the bottom corner. And Dublin never looked back.

Offaly were seriously exposed in attack last week against Waterford, and the same can be said for today albeit a slightly better return. Goalkeeper Eoghan Cahill was again one fo their top scorers, with Kevin Connolly scoring three frees but struggling from open play. The forward also contributed a huge proportion their 11 wides.

Dublin’s cause wasn’t helped when Liam Rushe had to be replaced due to injury in the 26th. but O’Rorke and Burke were a constant threat, with Burke in particularly good form, scoring from all angles. The Na Fianna man score 0-04 of Dublin’s half time haul of 1-10. And that 1-10 could have been 2-10 but for a poor penalty despatch from Sean Moran. O’Rorke earned the penalty after being dragged down by defender Tom Spain in the 26th.

To their credit, Offaly did rally after the break, but it was O’Rorke who again put paid to their efforts with his second goal in the 46th. John Hetherton and Fergal Whitely were introduced to the action and added 0-05 between them. Eamon Dillon, Rian McBride and both David and Sean Treacy were not  on form today, giving a case for Hetherton to be given his starting place back for their trip to Galway.

Scorers for Offaly:

Eoghan Cahill 0-03 (3f)
Kevin Connolly 0-03 (3f)
Paddy Murphy 0-02
Oisín Kelly 0-01
Colm Gath 0-01
Damien Egan 0-01
Kevin Dunne 0-01

Scorers for Dublin:

Oisín O’Rorke (2-03)
Donal Burke (0-06)
John Hetherton 0-03 (2f)
David Treacy 0-02 (1f)
Fergal Whitely 0-02
Liam Rushe 0-01
Sean Moran 0-01
Danny Sutcliffe 0-01

Offaly:

1. Eoghan Cahill
2. Tom Spain
3. Niall Houlihan
4. Paddy Rigney
5. Aidan Treacy
18. Mark Egan
7. Enda Grogan
8. Craig Taylor
9. Kevin Dunne
10. Damien Egan
17. Paddy Murphy
12. Colin Egan
13. Kevin Connolly
14. Oisín Kelly
15. Colm Gath

Offaly Subs:

Andy Flynn for Taylor (35)
Liam Langton for Mark Egan (HT)
Seán Dolan for Gath (50)
Eoghan Parlon for Murphy (60)

Dublin:

1. Alan Nolan
2. Paddy Smyth
3. Eoghan O’Donnell
4. Cian O’Callaghan
5. Chris Crummey
6. Seán Moran
7. Shane Barrett
21. Seán Treacy
9. Darragh O’Connell
26. David Treacy
23. Danny Sutcliffe
12. Rian McBride
13. Donal Burke
14. Liam Rushe
25. Oisín O’Rorke.

Dublin Subs:

Eamon Dillon for Rushe (26)
Jake Malone for Seán Treacy (27)
Fiontán McGibb for Barrett (HT)
John Hetherton for David Treacy (57)
Fergal Whitely for McBride (57)