Dublin cruise to victory over hapless Carlow
Dublin into promotion final but wides will concern Daly
Carlow's John Michael Nolan wins a ball in the air under pressure from Dublin's Stephen Hiney.
Dublin 3-15 Carlow 0-11: Dublin confirmed their place in the Allianz National Hurling League Division 1 B promotion final when comfortably accounting for Carlow by 13 points at Parnell Park.
However, yesterday’s display was marked by an alarming number of wides: 13 in the first-half. And it was a problem manager Anthony Daly addressed at the final whistle.
“Our conversion rate wasn’t what it should have been . . . what you need to be doing is taking your chances and our option-taking was poor at times, but thankfully we improved on that after the break,” said Daly.
The Dubs were boosted by Kevin Byrne’s goal in the 8th minute . However, their misfiring forward line allowed Carlow to gain a foothold in the game with three points by the end of the first quarter.
Dublin led 2-5 to 0-7 at the interval and improved immeasurably in their shooting after the break when Niall McMorrow set the tone with a glorious goal two minutes after the restart.
Any nerves Dublin may have had were dispelled after McMorrow’s second goal 12 minutes from time and they cruised to the final whistle.
Stephen Hiney, Oisín Gough and Liam Rusheall impressed for the home side.