Thursday 27 October 2016

Dubs fall to Limerick as Treaty excel in first half

MHC semi-final

Donal Burke of Dublin in action against Conor Boylan of Limerick Picture: Sportsfile
Donal Burke of Dublin in action against Conor Boylan of Limerick Picture: Sportsfile

Limerick produced a dominant first-half showing when beating Dublin by 1-18 to 0-15 in their Electric Ireland All Ireland Minor Hurling Championship semi-final at Croke Park yesterday afternoon.

The Dubs trailed by nine points at the break and although they enjoyed a more coherent performance after the break ,the goal they required to ignite a comeback proved elusive as they succumbed at the last four stage for the second successive year.

Dublin would have looked for a vibrant opening but the opposite occurred as Limerick shone initially with points by Kyle Hayes and Finn Hourigan before Cian Magnier-Flynn found the net in the 13t h minute.

Dublin gradually found their feet as the half progressed through points from play by Eoin Foley, Johnny McGuirk and Ciaran Dowling but their struggles at the back allowed Brian Ryan and Anthony Barrett to hand Limerick a 1-13 to 0-7 interval lead.

The free-taking of Colin Currie saw Dublin reduce their arrears after the break but the more economic Ryan landed four second-half frees to keep Dublin at arm's length.

Scorers - Limerick: B Ryan 0-10 (0-8f), C Magnier-Flynn 1-1, A Barrett, C Boylan 0-2 each, F Hourigan, K Hayes 0-1 each. Dublin: C Currie 0-8 (0-6f, 0-2 '65'), J McGuirk (0-1f), C Dowling 0-2 each, E Foley, C Burke, D Gray 0-1 each.

Limerick: M O'Kelly; B Nash, C Nicholas, R Connelly; J Adams, J Boylan, F Hourigan; C O'Connor, D Carroll; M O'Grady, A Barrett, C Boylan; B Ryan, K Hayes, C Magnier-Flynn. Subs: J Flynn for Carroll (46), D Woulfe for Barrett (49), P O'Riordan for Magnier-Flynn (58).

Dublin: D De Poire; D Hawkshaw, P Smyth, D Ryan; J McVeigh, C O'Sullivan, E Foley; C Ryan, D Keogh; D Burke, J McGuirk, C Burke; R Hayes, C Dowling, C Currie. Subs: D Gray for Keogh and J Walsh for Hayes (half-time), J O'Neill for McVeigh (48), P Feeney for C Currie (49), S Currie for McGuirk (54).

Referee: Justin Heffernan (Wexford)

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