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Published: 18:20 | 5/3/16

Dillon stars as Dublin hammer Cork

Dublin win by 10-points in Croke Park

Dublin made it two wins from two in the Allianz NHL Division 1A with a brilliant 4-21 to 2-17 win over Cork in Croke Park.

Cork started brightly and looked ready to make it a difficult night for Dublin, but the hosts, led by a superb performance from Eamon Dillon who hit 2-03, simply had too much firepower as they blew away the Rebels.

The visitors looked the brighter outfit in the opening exchanges as they raced into a two-point lead after two minutes through scores from Luke O’Farrell and Conor Lehane.

Dublin responded and levelled through Dillon and David Treacy, but Cork just looked that bit quicker to the ball as they hit back through O’Farrell and Lehane again to re-establish the two-point lead.

However, this was as good as it got for the visitors as Dublin seemed to work out their system and they took control of the game with 3-06 without reply.

Three points from David Treacy and a-point a-piece from Daire Plunkett and Niall McMorrow made it 0-08 to 0-04 to Dublin before Dillion rifled home the first goal of the night.

The Naomh Fionnbarra man collected the ball out in front and showed Stephen McDonnell a clean pair of heels before drilling a shot past Anthony Nash.

Dublin hit simply sensational patch as an attacking force and they extended their advantage with two more goals in two minutes.

The first arrived when Dillon turned provider and found Treacy who fired home a low finish.

And it was all but game over two minutes later when Sean McGrath bundled past Nash to make it 3-08 to 0-04.

Dillon was really enjoying the space of Croke Park and he tagged on another point before Shane Barrett and Treacy converted to send the hosts in 3-12 to 0-09 up at the break.

The second half started much like the first had with the sides trading scores before Dublin stepped it up again and found the net for a fourth time.

Again it was that man Dillon as he showed his searing pace to leave his defender for dead and slot home to make it 4-15 to 0-12.

The Dubs continued to keep the scoreboard ticking over with points from Treacy, Schutte and Dillon as they moved into a 16-point lead with 10 minutes left.

Cork, to their credit, continued to work hard and they raised two green flags through Seamus Harnedy in injury time, but it was too little too late as a rampant Dublin ran out 10-point, 4-21 to 2-17, victors.

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