Monday 19 March 2018

Dubs run riot in Wee rout

NO time to enjoy a cigar at the aptly named Hamlet Lane on Saturday. The calculators were going into overdrive.

Dublin beat Louth, 14-25 to 0-6, in the Leinster Minor Championship. There was just no stopping the blue steamroller. Emma McDonagh struck Dublin's first point straight from the throw-in, and the young Jackies maintained their zest and hunger for scores right till the close.

The cosy O'Dwyer's home has rarely seen such an exhibition of scoring. Dick Burke had everything ready. The grass was cut, the tricolour was flying, there was a neat programme, and the kettle was on the boil.

Down through the years, the O'Dwyer's footballers didn't let much away. Visiting sides had to earn their Marietta. This is the theatre where John O'Leary played in midfield. His fellow 1983 All-Ireland winner, John Caffrey, is part of the Dublin management.


Fintan O'Curry is the boss-man. "We are very pleased with the performance, although we know we face tougher challenges ahead," said Fintan.

"We began very well and we built up a big score. It was always going to be difficult for Louth to come back from that. The girls showed a good attitude."

They also showed they had chosen the right footwear. Lauren Ebbs scored a sensational five goals. And she didn't even start the game!

Silky full-forward Stephanie Adams hit four of the goals, while Kate Dwyer helped herself to a hat-trick of goals. In all, there were 11 different Dublin scorers. Of the 25 points, remarkably only three came from frees.

Dublin also had 16 wides, 10 more than Louth, whose best moments came after half-time. Eibhlin Rice was their top-scorer with four points (three frees), while Katie Anne Holdcroft and Lisa McDonald hit sweet scores.

But there was just no containing Dublin, who looked so fit and strong. A Louth chap on the sideline said that the Dublin girls would beat most fellas' teams.

Dublin attacked the road-end in the first half. They had the advantage of the breeze and the slope.

By the 13th minute, it was 4-9 to no reply. At the break, it was 6-18 to a point.

The Dublin management were surprised with such a handsome tally. Louth had beaten Westmeath in their first game, while the Dubs had defeated Offaly.

Adams slipped in the opening goal in the second minute. Kate Dwyer's left foot brought the second.

Dwyer rattled the sack again for the third, with Carla Rowe striking number four.

On 20 minutes, Adams had her second goal before Maria McGrath's 30-yarder made it a stunning six.

Seven minutes into the second period, Adams recorded her hat-trick. Two minutes later, Ebbs directed the ball to the attic.

Ebbs guided in the ninth, Adams tucked away her fourth, Ebbs hit number 11 and 12, Dwyer brought it to 13, with Electric Ebbs adding the custard. In the homely North County, it was a long time since they had seen such a generous harvest.

DUBLIN: N Harney (St Finian's, Newcastle); L Caffrey (Na Fianna), C Trant (St Finian's, Newcastle), C King (Ballyboden St Enda's); G Barrett (Clann Mhuire), E Doherty (Cuala), L Colgan (St Margaret's); E McDonagh (Foxrock-Cabinteely, 0-2), O Carey (Thomas Davis, 0-2); M McGrath (Ballyboden St Enda's, 1-2, 0-1f), S Woods (Raheny, 0-9, 2f), C Rowe (Clann Mhuire, 1-3); K Dwyer (St Margaret's, 3-2), S Adams (Clontarf, 4-2), M Mohan (Clontarf, 0-1). Subs used: R O'Dwyer (St Margaret's), D Murphy (St Brigid's, 0-1), M Lamb (Kilmacud Crokes, 0-1), L Ebbs (Naomh Barrog, 5-0), A O'Brien (Ballyboden St Enda's).

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