Published: 12:31 | 4/6/17

Dublin overcome Carlow in heated affair

Dublin booked their Leinster Football Championship semi-final spot with a comfortable 0-19 to 0-07 win over ten-man Carlow at O’Moore Park.

A major turning point in the tie occurred in the 48th minute when Carlow's Brendan Murphy was dismissed, with Dublin leading by just four points at the time.

The result was soured after a sideline clash, which may see Diarmuid Connolly face retrospective punishment as the 29-year-old appeared to lay hands on sideline official Ciarán Branagan in the second-half.

Dublin struggled to breakdown a well-drilled Carlow side in the first-half, with the Boys-In-Blue only registering five points before the break as Dean Rock and Kevin McManamon struggled to get going.

Carlow scored the first point of the game when Murphy kicked over, before Rock hit two frees to hand the Dubs a one-point lead.

To their credit, Carlow looked composed, but Dublin's counter-attacking proved too strong for the Scallion Eaters as they opened up a lead of 0-06 to 0-02.

Carlow were proving difficult for Jim Galvin's side to shake off, and they reduced the deficit yet again when Sean Murphy's powerful run was complimented by a fine point from the man-of-the-match.

The frustration got the better of Dublin, and in particular Connolly, who clashed with the linesman after a call went against the St Vincents' man.

And the All-Ireland champions capitalised on Murphy's dismissal as they stretched their lead with scores from Ciaran Kilkenny, Bernard Brogan and Con O’Callaghan to book their last-four spot in the Leinster Football Championship.

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