Dublin ease past Antrim and into Walsh Cup semi-finals
Ger Cunningham still on the hunt for a captain as his side prove too good at Parnell Park
Ger Cunningham looks on from the stands during Dublin’s Walsh Cup win over Antrim. Donall Farmer/Inpho
Ger Cunningham said he’s undecided about Dublin’s next captain after watching his inherited side cruise to the Walsh Cup semi-finals.
An 11-point haul from David Treacy inched Cunningham’s adopted Dubs closer to a second pre-season title success in three seasons.
They’ll play Laois next though if they do ultimately win the competition it remains to be seen who’ll raise the cup.
John McCaffrey captained Dublin under former boss Anthony Daly and lifted the National League and Leinster championship trophies.
“We have no captain at the moment, we’re rotating it,” said Cunningham. “ We’re going to look at different people and we’ll decide in a few weeks’ time.”
Dublin endured a sticky patch in the third quarter when Saffrons sub Ciarán Clarke inspired the visitors. Clarke shot 1-1 to help reduce their arrears to just four points with 20 minutes to go.
But they were down to 14 men at that stage after Eoghan Campbell’s dismissal for a wild pull on Sutcliffe. Neil McManus saw red late on too.
Dublin took advantage of their extra numbers to eventually burn off the northerners.
Dublin moved 0-14 to 0-5 clear after 30 minutes with 10 of those scores coming from Treacy and Sutcliffe. Eddie McCloskey fired a 35th minute goal for Antrim but Dublin led 0-16 to 1-5 at the interval.
DUBLIN: G Maguire; P Schutte, M Carton, S Durkin; P Kelly, C Murphy, E O’Donnell; R O’Carroll, J Boland (0-1); J Hetherton (0-1), S Stapleton (0-1), D Sutcliffe (0-5); D O’Callaghan (0-2), M Schutte (0-5), D Treacy (0-11, 0-7f). Subs: C MacGiolla Bhride for Durkin (39), C Boland (0-2) for Hetherton (50), E Dillon for Stapleton (63).
ANTRIM: C O’Connell; R McCambridge, N McAuley, A Graffin; S McCrory, C McKinley, O McFadden; E Campbell, E McCloskey (1-1); N McManus (0-4, 0-3f), M Donnelly (0-1), C Johnson (0-1); C McCann (0-1), P Shiels (0-2, 0-2f), PJ O’Connell. Subs:J McGreevy for McFadden (18), C Clarke (1-1) for McCrory (h/t), T McCann for Donnelly (49), D McKernan (0-1) for PJ O’Connell (58), B McFall for C McCann (65).
Referee: J Heffernan (Wexford).