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Dublin: 8 °C Thursday 28 May, 2020


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IT WAS THE FIRST of this year’s Allianz Division 1 hurling league quarter-finals at Croke Park this evening, where Dublin enjoyed a comfortable 12-point victory over Limerick. We followed the action all the way.  

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Dublin 1-25 Limerick 0-16

No late changes on either the Dublin or Limerick teams for this evening’s game at Croke Park.


Dublin 0-1 Limerick 0-1
David ‘Dotsy’ O’Callaghan hands Dublin the lead with the opening score of the game.


Dublin 0-3 Limerick 0-1
Quick start as Shane Dowling levels matters before points from Danny Sutcliffe and David Treacy push Dublin into a two-point lead.


Dublin 0-4 Limerick 0-1
Treacy on target with another Dublin point


Dublin 0-4 Limerick 0-2
Graeme Mulcahy with a badly-needed score for Limerick


Blow for Limerick as captain Donal O’Grady forced off injured. He looks in obvious distress.

Cian Lynch comes on to replace him. O’Grady’s leadership skills will be sorely missed by Limerick and it looks like a bad injury for the Limerick skipper.


Dublin 0-5 Limerick 0-2
David Treacy tags on another Dublin point from a free


Dublin 0-5 Limerick 0-3
Shane Dowling keeps Limerick in contention with another free


Dublin 0-6 Limerick 0-3
Glorious Dublin point from Mark Schutte


Dublin 0-6 Limerick 0-4
Cian Lynch marks his introduction with a point from play as Limerick stay in touch


Dublin 0-7 Limerick 0-4
Mark Schutte on fire with a carbon-copy effort of the score he popped over a couple of minutes ago, again from the Hogan Stand side of Croke Park


Dublin 0-7 Limerick 0-5
Limerick hanging onto Dublin coattails as Dowling on target with another free for the Shannonsiders, his third


Dublin 0-8 Limerick 0-5
David Treacy knocks over his third point of the day for Dublin and he’s also in good free-taking form


Dublin 0-9 Limerick 0-5
Another David Treacy free for Dublin stretches the lead out to four points


Dublin 0-10 Limerick 0-5
Schutte pops up on the opposite flank this time to put over another picture-book point for Dublin


Dublin 0-10 Limerick 0-6
Yellow card for Dublin’s Paul Schutte and from the resultant free, Shane Dowling points for Limerick at a blustery Croke Park


Dublin 0-10 Limerick 0-7
Another Dowling free for Limerick. He’s keeping them in touch here


Dublin 0-11 Limerick 0-7
Chris Crummy replies immediately for Dublin with a point that goes over off the upright


Penalty for Dublin!


Referee Diarmuid Kirwan awards Dublin a penalty as Richie McCarthy adjudged to have fouled Dotsy O’Callaghan. Looked relatively soft.


Dublin 0-12 Limerick 0-7
David Treacy opts to tap the ball over the crossbar from the resultant penalty. May have opted for goal in a one-on-one situation but the old rules still apply


Dublin 0-13 Limerick 0-7
Dublin now have their biggest lead of the day as Johnny McCaffrey points from distance


Seamus Hickey clearly unhappy as he comes off the pitch to be replaced by Seanie O’Brien. Unclear whether Hickey is injured or if it’s a tactical change.


Dublin 0-13 Limerick 0-8
Hickey injured it seems. Let’s hope that’s not too serious either as Graeme Mulcahy grabs a point for Limerick


Dublin 0-14 Limerick 0-8
Johnny McCaffrey shoots his second point of the afternoon for Dublin. We’re into the second minute of stoppage time at the end of the first half.

Half-time: Dublin 0-14 Limerick 0-8
And that’s half-time at Croke Park as Limerick find themselves six points adrift. Dublin have been impressive thus far and injuries to captain Donal O’Grady and Seamus Hickey haven’t helped the visitors either. We’re off for a half-time cuppa!

Mark Schutte with Richie McCarthy Mark Schutte has been one of Dublin's stand out players in the first half Source: Donall Farmer/INPHO

Both teams coming back out for the second half


Dublin 0-15 Limerick 0-8
Dotsy O’Callaghan opens the second half scoring for Dublin

Goal for Dublin!


Dublin 1-15 Limerick 0-8
What a goal that was from Mark Schutte, driven low into the corner. Dublin off to a flier in this second half!


Yellow card for Limerick’s David Breen


Dublin 1-15 Limerick 0-9
Limerick finally off the mark in the second half through James Ryan

Dublin dominating in the puckout stakes, having won 23 to Limerick’s 10 so far


Dublin 1-15 Limerick 0-10
Inspirational long-range point from Paudie O’Brien for Limerick


Dublin sub as Paul Ryan comes on for Dotsy O’Callaghan, who’s had a good game.


Paul Ryan almost finds the net with his first touch but Nickie Quaid keeps him out with a smart save


Dublin 1-16 Limerick 0-10
Another point and another David Treacy free. Treacy staying on the frees even though Paul Ryan is on


Dublin 1-17 Limerick 0-10
Dublin are cruising here as Danny Sutcliffe adds a point


Dublin 1-17 Limerick 0-11
Graeme Mulcahy has been one of Limerick’s better players today and he shoots a fine point


Dublin 1-18 Limerick 0-11
Another Treacy free for Dublin as the Sky Blues move ten points clear again


Dublin 1-18 Limerick 0-12
Dublin brilliant defensively to repel Limerick as they go in search of goals but Mulcahy picks up the pieces to put over a point

Yellow card for Dublin’s Conal Keaney


Dublin 1-18 Limerick 0-13
David Reidy comes on for Seanie Tobin on the Limerick team. Tobin has been quiet today. Shane Dowling fires over a free for the Treaty men.

Johnny McCaffrey’s race is run as he’s replaced by Colm Cronin on the Dublin team. Good day for McCaffrey, who scored two points.


Dublin 1-18 Limerick 0-14
Another score from a placed ball for Shane Dowling as Limerick somehow survive conceding a goal at the other end. Colm Cronin denied by Nickie Quaid before his follow-up hits the post. Limerick scramble the sliotar to safety.


Dublin 1-19 Limerick 0-15
Another yellow card and this time it’s Dublin vice-captain Peter Kelly. Dowling adds another Limerick free and they’re back to within six points before Niall McMorrow fires over a Dublin point.


Dublin 1-19 Limerick 0-15
Who else but Mark Schutte from distance as Dublin move eight points clear. He’s been brilliant today.


Dublin 1-20 Limerick 0-15
With eight minutes left this one looks done and dusted unless there’s a massive Limerick response


Dublin 1-22 Limerick 0-15
Yellow card for Paudie O’Brien for hauling down Schutte. Treacy on target with the Dublin free. Ryan O’Dwyer feeds Schutte for another simple Dublin score. This is too easy.


Dublin 1-23 Limerick 0-15
Getting embarrassing for Limerick now as Treacy points from play.


Dublin 1-24 Limerick 0-15
Dublin blood sub Cian Boland (on for Mark Schutte) points with his first contribution to the game.


Dublin 1-24 Limerick 0-16
Limerick sub Tom Morrissey adds a consolation score


Dublin 1-25 Limerick 0-16
Liam Rushe on the scoresheet with Dublin’s latest point. They lead by 12.

Full-time: Dublin 1-25 Limerick 0-16

And that’s a wrap on our coverage of this evening’s first Allianz Hurling League quarter-final folks. A comfortable 12-point victory for Dublin, a margin very few would have predicted. Injury worries too for Limerick after captain Donal O’Grady and Allstar Seamus Hickey went off in the first half. Problems for manager TJ Ryan to contend with but Dublin, League champions in 2011, go marching into the last four on the back of a very impressive display. Tune in shortly for live coverage of Dublin v Derry in Division 1 of the Allianz Football League.

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Jackie Cahill