DUBLIN’S SENIOR FOOTBALLERS will be led by goalkeeper Stephen Cluxton this season.
The Parnells man was confirmed as the Dubs’ new skipper in the press conference after the win over Cork at GAA HQ tonight. He will take over from All-Ireland winning skipper, Bryan Cullen.
Cluxton conceded two goals to the Rebels this evening — one from Aidan Walsh and a Donncha O’Connor penalty – though the Dubs ran out 1-18 to 2-9 winners in their national league opener.
New boss Jim Gavin will be very encouraged by the performance his his new-look charges who were the better team throughout.
Dublin were 0-11 to 1-4 ahead at half-time and when Diarmuid Connolly converted a penalty, the Dubs were in the driving seat. Bernard Brogan was in good form, hitting half a dozen points, while the likes of Jack McCaffrey and Paddy Andrews also stood out for the Blues.
For Cork and Conor Counihan, they have plenty to ponder before their next outing against Kildare on Leeside next Saturday night.
Scorers for Dublin: Bernard Brogan 0-6 (0-3f), Diarmuid Connolly 1-2 (1-0 pen), Paddy Andrews 0-5, Jack McCaffrey 0-2, Michael Darragh MacAuley, Philly Ryan, Cian O’Sullivan 0-1 each.
Scorers for Cork: Donncha O’Connor (1-0 pen, 0-1f), Aidan Walsh 1-1 each, John O’Rourke 0-3, Paul Kerrigan 0-2, Fintan Goold 0-1.
Dublin: S Cluxton; J Cooper, R O’Carroll, K O’Brien; D Daly (D Nelson 63), G Brennan, J McCaffrey; M D Macauley (Cian O’Sullivan 46), P Mannion (P Ryan 30); P Flynn, P Andrews, P Quinn (C Redddin 54); E Ó Conghaile (S Carthy 67), D Connolly, B Brogan.
Cork: K O’Halloran; E Cadogan, M Shields, J O’Sullivan; P Kissane, T Clancy, D Cahalane (G Canty 50); A O’Sullivan, A Walsh (B O’Driscoll 63); F Goold (A O’Connor 55), P O’Neill (C Sheehan 50), C Sheehan; C O’Neill, D O’Connor, P Kerrigan.