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Double header in Croke Park tops the bill, with six league games in total on Saturday evening

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  • Hello and Welcome... Six Allianz League games underway this evening in both hurling and football. The double header in Croke Park tops the bill however. First Dublin hurlers take on Waterford, before the footballers host Mayo in a repeat of last summer's All-Ireland final.  

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  • AHL  

    Dublin v Waterford - 5.00 Croke Park


    Dublin v Mayo - 7.00 Croke Park

  • Named teams:

    Dublin hurlers: Conor Dooley; James Madden, Eoghan O'Donnell, Shane Barrett; Ben Quinn, Liam Rushe, Chris Crummey; Niall McMorrow, Caolan Conway; Rian McBride, Ryan O'Dwyer, Eoghan Conroy; Fionntan Mac Gib, Eamon Dillon, Donal Burke.

    Waterford:  Ian O’Regan; Shane Fives, Barry Coughlan, Noel Connors; Tadhg de Burca, Austin Gleeson, Stephen Daniels; Jamie Barron, Conor Gleeson; Kevin Moran, Pauric Mahony, Michael Walsh; Patrick Curran, Stephen Bennett, Shane Bennett.

  • Seán Moran is backing Waterford to have too much for Dublin. Read his previews of all this weekend's hurling games here
  • GAME ON in Croke Park! Conditions pretty dry in Croke Park, considering the recent weather
  • Dublin 0-0 Waterford 0-1 (1')  Pauric Mahony with an early score for the visitors, Dublin respond with two wides
  • Dublin 0-0 Waterford 1-1 (5') An Austin Gleeson free comes off the post and Shane Bennett reacts quickest to double it in for a GOAL!! The Dublin defence was asleep there
  • Waterford hit wide number two and three, both lotto shots over the shoulder. Dublin starting slowly. As they did in the win against Cork last time out
  • Dublin 0-2 Waterford 1-1 (7') After seven minutes Donal Burke slots a free for Dublin's first score, before a fine run and point by Eamon Dillon after a sloppy Waterford puck out
  • Dublin 0-3 Waterford 1-1 (11') Dublin work it out of defence well, then from distance on the left sideline Chris Crummey slots over a superb score. Top quality
  • Waterford wide count up to five now, 12 minutes gone
  • Dublin 0-5 Waterford 1-1 (14') Dublin ahead for the first time. Donal Burke slots his second free, before a Tadhg de Burca fumble is punished by Dillon
  • Dublin 0-7 Waterford 1-2 (17')  Pauric Mahony's second point, this one from a free. Rian McBride and Dillon (his third point) respond for the Dubs. Eoghan O'Donnell at 3 for Dublin has been excellent
  • Dublin 1-7 Waterford 1-3 (19') Donal Burke buries a well deserved goal for Dublin. Who have certainly been the domiant team. Mahony responds with a free
  • Dublin 1-8 Waterford 1-4 (22') Donal Burke continues his 100 per cent record from placed balls with another free. Before Mahony does likewise down the other side
  • Dublin 1-9 Waterford 1-4 (22') Eamon Dillon is on fire, his fourth point from play. The Dublin no14 is operating at centre forward and with Tadhg de Burca dropping back as a sweeper he is capitalising on the space afforded to him
  • Dublin 1-9 Waterford 1-7 (30') Kevin Moran gets his first point of the game, and quickly adds a second. Then Glesson intercepts a sloppy puck-out and gets a third point in a row for the Deise. Two point game now  
  • Dublin 1-9 Waterford 1-8 (33') Waterford growing into this. Mahony maintains his perfect record from frees.

    Dublin have not scored in over 10 minutes

  • One minute of first half additional time to be played
  • Dublin 1-10 Waterford 1-8 (36') After missing his last two frees, Burke makes no mistake from a tricky angle on the left. 1-4 for him this half
  • HT  Dublin 1-10 Waterford 1-8 - Dublin took the foot of the pedal in the final 10 minutes of that half but have been well on top, with Eamon Dillon, Chris Crummey and Eoghan O'Donnell all standing out.  

    Waterford have been sloppy, but after their good start and with Mahony so clincial from placed balls they remain in the contest.

  • Teams are back out for the second half!
  • Game one! Waterford win the throw-in as they did in the first half
  • Another early GOAL for Waterford
  • Dublin 1-10 Waterford 2-9 (37') Stephen Bennett's second goal. Conor Dooley in the Dublin goals makes a mistake and Bennett is aware enough to flick it in to the open net. The same player then follows up immediately after with a point
  • Dublin 1-10 Waterford 2-10 (40') Mahony slots his first point of the second half (free) and that's a five point turnaround since the start of the second half
  • Liam Rushe and Austin Gleeson both dishing out big hits, things starting to heat up in Croke Park
  • Dublin 1-12 Waterford 2-11 (43') End to end. Donal Burke converts a free, before Ryan O'Dwyer works hard for his first point of the game. Gleeson then puts two in it again for the Deise
  • Dublin 1-13 Waterford 2-11 (47') One point in it. Donal Burke with the Dublin point from a free. He's had a mixed game from placed balls, missing some straightforward efforts and scoring some of the harder ones. He's shown plenty of character
  • Dublin 1-13 Waterford 2-12 (47') Pauric Mahony adds another free as Maurice Shanahan comes into the fray
  • Dublin 1-13 Waterford 2-13 (51') Waterford put three in it again with another Mahony free. Won by Kevin Moran
  • Dublin 1-14 Waterford 2-14 (53') Niall McMorrow spurns a good goal chance, then in the next attack Ryan O'Dwyer takes on his man and raises a white flag. He's been to the fore this second half for the Dubs.  

    Mahony responds with his second point from play

  • Dublin 1-14 Waterford 2-16 (57') Waterford go five up after points from the impressive Stephen Bennett, and another Mahony free

  • Dublin 1-15 Waterford 2-17 (59') Points exchanged. McMorrow and another Mahony free. Five in it again with little over 10 minutes left
  • Dublin 1-15 Waterford 2-18 (63')  Welcome to the game Maurice! His first shot since coming on sails over the bar to open up a six point lead for the Deise
  • Dublin 1-16 Waterford 2-18 (65') McBride's second point of the game. Dublin need a goal!

  • Dublin 1-16 Waterford 2-19 (69') Mahony with yet another free. The only one he's not converted today hit the post, and ended in a goal
  • Second yellow for Stephen Daniels. Waterford down to 14
  • Dublin 1-17 Waterford 2-19 (73') Donal Burke slots a free - opting for the consolation point rather than go for goal - as we enter the fourth and final minute of injury time
  • FT  Dublin 1-17 Waterford 2-19 - A game of two halves. Dublin far better in the first half, but Waterford came alive in the second and were far more clinical.  

    Two fortunate goals, early in both halves, proving decisive.

  • Next up focus turns to the football. Four games left

    Allianz Football League
    Division One
    Cavan v Donegal, Breffni Park, 7.00
    Dublin v Mayo, Croke Park, 7.00
    Tyrone v Monaghan, Healy Park, 7.00

    Division Four
    Limerick v London, Gaelic Grounds, 7.00

  • Named teams

    Dublin footballers:  Stephen Cluxton; Philly McMahon, Michael Fitzsimons, David Byrne; Darren Daly, John Small, Eric Lowndes; Brian Fenton, Michael Daragh MacAuley; Niall Scully, Dean Rock, Shane B Carthy; Ciaran Kilkenny, Eoghan O'Gara, Conor McHugh.

    Mayo:  David Clarke; Donie Newcombe, Keith Higgins, Paddy Durcan; Stephen Coen, Colm Boyle, David Drake; Donal Vaughan, Jason Gibbons; Fergal Boland, Kevin McLoughlin, Diarmuid O'Connor; Evan Regan, Cillian O'Connor, Andy Moran.

  • "Mayo haven’t beaten them in 10 attempts in the  Jim Gavin  era. No better time to start. Verdict: Mayo"

    Read Malachy Clerkin's preview here

  • Teams are in their pre-match huddles in Croke Park. National anthem to come and then we will be underway
  • Cian O'Sullivan and Paddy Andrews both late changes to the Dublin replacements. Neither have featured thus far in 2017
  • GAME ON - Dublin win the throw in, but the first attack of the game ends in Conor McHugh's effort dropping short
  • Dublin 0-2 Mayo 0-0 (2') Not the easiest start to his free-taking duties for Dean Rock, on his wrong side. But he makes it look easy to raise the first white flag of the game. Conor McHugh quickly doubles their lead with the first point from play
  • David Clarke does well to deny Brian Fenton an early goal. Mayo have gone man to man early on and are struggling
  • Darren Daly and Mick Fitzsimons with back to back blocks on Andy Moran and Stephen Coen from close range. Outstanding defence

  • Dublin 1-2 Mayo 0-0 (7') DUBLIN GOALLL. Eoghan O'Gara blazes his goal chance high and wide. Resultant kick-out is misplaced and Dublin punish it with McHugh palming to the net. Mayo being torn open
  • Dublin 1-2 Mayo 0-1 (9') Mayo underway via a Cillian O'Connor 45 from the left of the posts
  • Dublin 1-2 Mayo 0-1 (15') Cillian O'Connor, twice, and Dean Rock miss long-range frees. So still four points between the teams
  • Dublin 1-2 Mayo 0-2 (19')  Eoghan O'Gara misses a point blank goal chance, made by a Brian Fenton run through the middle. Down the other end Cillian O'Connor misses a less clear cut goal chance, but scores the resultant 45
  • End-to-end, goal chances galore here. Evan Regan plays in Kevin McLoughlin but his shot is straight at Cluxton
  • Dublin 1-3 Mayo 0-2 (23') Dublin's first score since the seventh minute. Philly McMahon bursts forward, is aware of the space he is in, relaxes and slots over a beauty from 35m
  • Dublin 1-4 Mayo 0-2 (27')  Lots of niggle here. Dean Rock and Diarmuid O'Connor pick up yellows, as does Keith Higgins. Dean Rock slots a free to put five in it
  • On the half hour mark Dublin in control and happy to keep the ball. Mayo playing on the counter but are not being near clinical enough
  • Dublin 1-4 Mayo 0-2 (35')  Michael Dara Macauley in on goal, after a brilliant run (the move was started by his midfield colleague Fenton who made an excellent catch in defence), his shot is saved and he punches the rebound in but it's off the ground. Goal therefore disallowed
  • We are a minute into the additional two added at the end of the first half
  • Dublin 1-5 Mayo 0-2 (36') Eric Lowndes floats over a beauty on the run. Dublin six ahead and physically dominating Mayo
  • HT Dublin 1-5 Mayo 0-2 - Dublin well on top, they've actually missed a number of goal chances, but so have Mayo.

    Fenton and Macauley have been outstanding and Dublin are dominating possession. Their defence has been relentless and Mayo are relying on the counter attack - but to be efficient at that game you need to be a lot more clinical

  • HT Donegal 0-6 Cavan 0-4
    Tyrone 0-9 Monaghan 0-2  


  • Dublin 1-6 Mayo 0-3 (37')  Second half underway and Dean Rock slots over within the first minute. His first point from play, and only his second from play so far in 2017. Evan Regan responds with a close-range free for Mayo
  • Dublin 1-7 Mayo 0-3 (38') Dean Rock converts a free, won by Brian Fenton who has been everywhere.

    Mayo still to score from play in 38 minutes!

  • Dublin 1-8 Mayo 0-4 (39') Stephen Coen squeezes over that first point from play for the Connacht side. Eric Lowndes responds with his second of the game
  • Dublin 1-9 Mayo 0-5 (40') Evan Regan taps over a close-in free. Down the other end Philly McMahon gets his second point
  • Dublin 1-10 Mayo 0-5 (42') Beautiful layoff by Eoghan O'Gara and Conor McHugh floats over a point, leaning back in the pocket. A textbook score
  • Dublin 1-11 Mayo 0-7 (45') Conor McHugh fists over the bar when a goal was on. Mayo defence being torn open. Down the other end and Tom Parsons scores a tidy point from the left, followed by another from Colm Boyle
  • Fenton and Macauley to the fore again, and Dean Rock is fouled by Donal Vaughan when in on goal. Penalty Dublin
  • Paddy Andrews - on as a sub - has his penalty saved by Clarke. Clarke then saves the rebound, and then the rebound from that is palmed away by Higgins. Not the best penalty but brilliant work by the Mayo goalkeeper
  • Dublin 1-13 Mayo 0-7 (52') Dean Rock lining up a free on his bad side, he takes a very, very long time in his run up, but slots it. A beauty. Mayo players are furious with the amount of time wasted there
  • This time Dean Rock adjudged to have taken too long taking his free - and the ball is hopped. Should have happened with the previous one also. Rock showing all his experience
  • Dublin 1-13 Mayo 0-7 (60') Dublin have Andrews, Kevin McMannamon and Paul Flynn all on. They have far too much strength-in-depth for this Mayo outfit
  • Brian Fenton has given an exhibition today, some excellent high fielding in defensive positions. He's competed around the middle. Made some massive runs, breaking tackles. And his kick passing has been flawless. Aided by Macauley's  endeavour they have bossed the midfield. Mayo missing the O'Shea brothers around there badly
  • Dublin 1-15 Mayo 0-7 (64') Two more Dean Rock frees. The second, again on his bad side. He's been flawless from placed balls today
  • Dublin 1-16 Mayo 0-7 (66') Paul Flynn sticks over a beauty on the loop, from about 40m. Mayo second best all over here
  • Lee Keegan hits Mayo's 10th wide
  • Dublin 1-16 Mayo 0-7 (70') Three minutes of additional time to be played as Dublin play keep ball
  • Mayo turn the ball over thanks to Danny Kirby, the ball finds Evan Regan inside but his goal effort goes across the face of the goal
  • FT  Dublin 1-16 Mayo 0-7 - Dublin at another level here. Dublin physically dominant. Far more clinical. And they win the key match-ups. No contest
  • Man of the match Philly McMahon: "We are delighted with the workmanship. We've learnt a lot from the last two games. The last two draws have helped us, and thankfully we got a performance here."
  • So that's that.. Dublin footballers extend that unbeaten run to 33 games. The hurlers were half way to making it a perfect night for the capital, but they were taken apart by Waterford in the second half of the early throw in.

    Thanks for joining us.  More GAA action tomorrow, while tonight's match reports are filtering in as we speak!


  • FT results


    Dublin 1-16 Mayo 0-7


    Dublin 1-17 Waterford 2-19