The Dublin Hurlers lay down a marker with their win over Antrim ahead of their meeting in this year’s Leinster Championship
Parnell Park, Dublin
Mattie Kenny will be pleased leaving Dublin headquarters this evening after seeing his side register an 0-08 victory over Ulster men Antrim. And if psychology counts for anything, it will play on the minds of Antrim as these two sides meet again in just over a month in the Leinster Hurling Championship.
Today’s win puts Dublin in a solid position before they face Clare in two weeks time. And this evening they were full value. After scoring 0-18 against Laois, Donal Burke again came out top scorer with 0-07. Meanwhile Ronan Hayes found the net for Dublin in the 54th minute. It will relieve the stress Antrim have caused after two impressive performances against Clare and Kilkenny.
In a 20 minute period during the first half Dublin score 0-07 on the bounce to finish the half 0-13 to 0-06 ahead. Daire Gray sent over three second-half Dublin points from defence and Hayes’ goal, following an exchange of passes with Jake Malone, was the decisive score.
Kenny made good use of today’s game, sending on all seven subs. John Hetherton and Davy Keogh both came off the bench and added themselves to scorecard shared by as many as thirteen Dublin players.