Allianz FL D1: Kilkenny inspires Dublin
Allianz National League Division One
TYRONE 1-11 DUBLIN 2-13
By Kevin Kelly at Healy Park
All Ireland champions Dublin produced a superb second half display to make it two wins out of two at the expense of Tyrone in Omagh.
The home side kicked 13 wides over the course of the game, but on the night Dublin deserved their win with the strength of their panel coming to the fore, their bench contributed 1-3.
Tyrone greeted the short whistle 1-7 to 1-5 in front and it could have been better for them as they kicked six wides to their opponents two. After a poor display in Galway a week earlier Tyrone were determined to make a good start and they certainly got that.
Cathal McShane opened the scoring after only 10 seconds and in the fifth minute the same layer took a pass from Connor McAliskey to first time the ball to the net past keeper Stephen Cluxton.
Kevin McManamon then opened Dublin’s account with a point from play and that was followed by a free from Dean Rock. Lee Brennan responded with a quality point for the hosts and while Rock had a Dublin free it was the home side who were on top.
Tyrone were playing with great intensity and a superb effort from play from McAliskey was followed by a Brennan free for a four point advantage. In the 23rd minute though Dublin were right back in contention when a long range Brian Fenton free broke and Ciaran Kilkenny first timed to the net.
Tyrone wasted no time in responding with a terrific Brennan point before a brief melee broke out that involved a number of players from both sides.
Kilkenny landed a brilliant point from out on the left wing but that score was quickly cancelled out with a quality strike from Peter Harte. The visitors were then unlucky not to take the lead when a thunderbolt from Kilkenny came back off the crossbar.
Rock knocked over his third free of the half, but it was Tyrone who had the final say through McAliskey for a 1-7 to 1-5 lead.
Dublin were a different outfit after the break. Rock, James McCarthy and Brian Fenton had them ahead within five minutes and they never look back.
McManamon and man of the match Kilkenny added points and despite losing Niall Scully to a second yellow card they were always on top. It took Tyrone until the 28th minute to open their second half account through Niall Sludden, but minutes later a poor mistake at the back gifted a goal to Eoghan O’Gara.
Dublin substitute Colm Basquel kicked two from play and one from a free and while Brennan landed three late points for Tyrone it was all over by that stage.
*Scorers for Dublin: *Ciaran Kilkenny 1-2, Dean Rock 0-4 (4fs), Colm Basquel 0-3, Eoghan O’Gara 1-0, Kevin McManamon 0-2, Brian Fenton 0-1, James McCarthy 0-1.
Scorers for Tyrone: Lee Brennan 0-6 (3fs), Cathal McShane 1-1, Connor McAliskey 0-2, Peter Harte 0-1, Niall Sludden 0-1
DUBLIN: Stephen Cluxton; Philip McMahon, Michael Fitzsimons, Darren Daly; Jonny Cooper, James McCarthy, John Small; Brian Fenton, Michael Darragh Macauley; Brian Howard, Ciaran Kilkenny, Niall Scully; Paul Mannion, Dean Rock, Kevin McManamon.
Subs: David Byrne for Small (47), Peadar Andrews for McManamon (51) Colm Basquel (62)for Mannion, Eoghan O’Gara for Rock (64) , Shane Carthy (67) for McCarthy, Eric Lowndes (69) for Fenton .
TYRONE: Niall Morgan; Ciaran McLaughlin, Cathal McCarron, Hugh Pat McGeary; Tiernan McCann, Padraig Hampsey, Peter Harte; Mattie Donnelly, Declan McClure; Richard Donnelly, Niall Sludden, Kieran McGeary; Lee Brennan, Cathal McShane, Connor McAliskey.
Subs: Michael McKernan for McGeary (22), Ronan McNamee for McCrory (HT), Conall McCann for McClure (48), Frank Burns for R Donnelly (56), Ronan McNabb for McLaughlin (56).
REFEREE: Maurice Deegan (Laois).