Walsh Cup, National League, now Leinster Championship as Dublin head for Netwatch Cullen Park in Carlow

Carlow v Dublin - Leinster Senior Hurling Championship

One point from two rounds so far for Mattie Kenny’s Senior Hurling Panel. So the importance of this weekend’s clash with Carlow is equally as important as last weekend drawn game between Wexford and Galway in the Leinster Championship Round Robin Series.

Despite some questionable shooting in the first half, Wexford managed to battle back from the brink to square the game, sharing the points with the Tribesmen.

The picture painted, after Dublin lost in their opener against Kilkenny and drawing with Wexford is the have a point in the table. And with Carlow and Galway to play, there’s still a chance Dublin can get out of the round and into a Leinster Final. Kilkenny can do Dublin a huge favour in two weeks time if they can beat Galway in Nowlan Park. But this weekend Dublin must collect the maximum two points from their visit to Netwatch. Then they can concentrate on the Tribesmen visiting Parnell Park on June 15th.

Carlow v Dublin - Leinster Senior Hurling Championship
The Leinster Championship table after two rounds (GAA.ie)

Sunday marks the third time the two sides have faced each other in six months. Mattie Kenny’s opening game as Dublin manager was in the Carlow venue in Walsh Cup pre-season action. Two wins from two against the Barrowsiders. Sunday, we’ll be hoping to make that three.

Walsh Cup Round 1

Carlow 1-16
Dublin 2-21

December 11th 2018

The new era of Senior Hurling in the County with two time All Ireland Club Championship winner Mattie Kenny at the helm got off to a healthy start on that wet night in Carlow. St Vincents John Hetherton stamped his mark on tonights game with ten points. And goals in either half from Eamonn Dillon and Fiontan McGibb saw the Dubs finish comfortably ahead of their first home game against Offaly.

Carlow provided a good acid test for Kenny in his first competitive game in charge and as late as the 47th minute the sides were tied on 1-12 each. But four scores shared by Caolan Conway and Hetherton, and a 55th minute strike from McGibb that found the net gave Dublin the advantage they would not let go of.

Scorers For Dublin:

John Hetherton 0-10 (7f, 1 ‘65’)
Fintan McGibb 1-02
Eamonn Dillon 1-01
Donal Burke 0-04 (1f)
Caolan Conway 0-02
Sean Treacy 0-01
Sean Moran 0-01 (1f)

National Hurling League Division 1B, Round 1

Dublin 3-15
Carlow 0-18

Goals win games. And Darragh O’Connell, Eamonn Dillon and Donal Burke delivered three for Dublin to earn themselves their first hurling league victory of the season. And it was the second time they’d beaten Carlow, having taken a win over the Barrowsiders in the Walsh Cup back in December.

Dublin trailed at the break but the introduction of Burke played a crucial part in their comeback as they registered 2-09 to Carlow 0-07 in the second half, with green flags from Dillon and Burke putting the sheen on the win. And it put them in a good position before heading to O’Connor Park for Round 2.

Carlow to their credit pushed the Dubs all the way, but the strength of the bench proved most valuable with the likes of Burke, Danny Sutcliffe, Tomas Connolly and Oisin O’Rorke all contributing to an immense second ’35.

Scorers For Dublin:

Donal Burke 1-04
Eamonn Dillon 1-01
John Hetherton 0-04 (3f)
Darragh O’Connell 1-00
Fiontan McGibb 0-02
Oisin O’Rorke 0-01 (1f)
Feargal Whitely 0-01
Tomas Connolly 0-01
Paddy Smyth 0-01