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Dublin sweep aside IT Carlow in the O`Byrne Cup

Paddy Andrews and Thomas Featherston
Dublin`s Paddy Andrews Slips after being put under pressure by Thomas Featherston of IT Carlow Image: Cathal Noonan/INPHO
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Dublin`s Thomas Brady and Ciaran Reddin battle in the air for the ball with IT Carlow`s William Young Image: Cathal Noonan/INPHO
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Dublin push forward : ImageCathal Noonan/INPHO

Paddy Andrews scored impressive 1-3 at his home ground. To ensure  Dublin are still on track for a Bord na Mona O’Byrne Cup semi-final place.

Cormac Costello also demonstrated his ability to get scores by getting 2-6 as Dublin romped home by 19 points against the students of IT Carlow in miserable conditions in north Dublin.

In all fairness it was a one sided contest as Dublin built on their draw in Wexford last weekend to pick up their first win of the Group A campaign.

It took It Carlow almost quarter of a hour before they registered a score through Chris Healy scoring a goal.

Goals from Costello and Andrews, as well as a number of Dublin points ensured Dublin took back control of the game away from the visiting students.

Dublin led by 2-16 to 1-2 at half-time. With the game won by half time Jim Gavin made 5 changes at the the interval,as Dublin continued to experiment with different players ahead of the upcoming league season.

Jarlath Curley was also subbed having played at full-back for the first-half. A spot on the starting line up which is now up for grabs since Rory O`Carroll`s decision to move to New Zealand due to work reasons for the 2016 season.

The experimental Dublin full-back line for the first-half featured Eoin Culligan and Oisin Manning of St Jude’s. Niall Scully played at wing-back while Tomas Brady and Ciaran Reddin formed a new look midfield.

Dublin had Mick Deegan and Shane Carthy on the forward line. IT Carlow couldn`t deal with the two men as they ran rings round the students defence with their sublime passing. Also standing out on the new look Dublin side,was Conor McGuire who kicked two impressive points as Dublin showed their dominance.

IT Carlow were better after the break, but their poor first half cost them dearly. Healy kicked 1-3 overall for the students and was the IT Carlow`s top scorer as they tried to make the score more respectable.

Dublin look impressive ahead of Sunday’s clash with DCU, despite missing a few famous faces which will no doubt please manager Gavin and Dublin fans alike. As Dublin aim to make it three out of three on Sunday and book a semi-final place.

If the last two games of the O`Byrne Cup are anything to go by, it appears Dublin`s preparation for the main 2016 season is going very much to plan.

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