All Ireland Champions Galway were just that little bit stronger this afternoon.
Dublin 1-14 Galway 1-20
A valiant second half saw Pat Gilroy’s Dublin side get within 0-02 of Galway, but unfortunately that would be as close as they’d get, with the Tribesmen easing to victory this afternoon in Round 4 of Division 1B
Late team addition Jason Flynn registered 1-09 for Galway today as they march toward promotion. Dublin on the other hand need a result next weekend against Laois to avoid a relegation play off with Antrim, and a potential Quarter Final spot.
Paul Winters was very much the talisman for Dublin today from the dead ball registering 0-09 in total.
Cathal Mannion and Flynn opened the scoring for Galway early with Fiontan McGibb responding. Winters got Dublin’s second after two from Niall Burke and Sean Loftus, and would not score again for another 15 minutes as Dublin had to absorb another 0-04 from Galway.
Mannion (2), Flynn and Loftus went unanswered again, before Danny Sutcliffe popped up to give Dublin the lifeline they needed, making a brilliant run through the middle and placing the ball low into the right corner beyond James Skehill.
At 1-05 to 0-13 at the break, Dublin definitely came out with vigour for the second half. Winters and Tomas Connolly got things back up and running quickly either side of another Flynn free converted for Galway.
On 10 minutes, Dublin got another massive opportunity as they were awarded a penalty. Winters despatched it cleanly but Skehill did enough to get it around the post, with Winters converting the resulting ’45.
Not deterring Dublin, Winters converted another two dead balls and Dublin were within 0-02 of Galway with 17 minutes still to play. But within 3 minutes Jason Flynn had converted a sideline cut and put the ball past Alan Nolan in the Dublin goal. The gap was now 0-06.
Winters, Ronan Hayes and substitute Cian Boland returned scores each to get the gap to three, but Galway were shifting the gears and Flynn, Brian Concannon, Cathal Mannion and Niall Burke closed the game out, with Danny Sutcliffe getting Dublin’s final point of the game.
Scorers for Dublin:
Paul Winters 0-09 (8f, 1 ’65)
Danny Sutcliffe 1-01
Fiontan MacGib 0-01
Tomas Connolly 0-01
Ronan Hayes 0-01
Cian Boland 0-01
Scorers for Galway:
Jason Flynn 1-09 (6f)
Cathal Mannion 0-04
Sean Loftus 0-02
Padraig Mannion 0-02
Niall Burke 0-02
Brian Concannon 0-01
Liam Rushe for O’Dwyer (42)
Fionn O Riain Broin for P Crummey (47)
Cian Boland for Keaney (60)
James Madden for Kelly (63)
Paul Ryan for Rushe (68)
Davey Glennon for Concannon (12-15) Blood Sub
Eanna Burke for Loftus (45)
Glennon for Cooney (59)