Saturday 22 October 2016

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It proved an encouraging three days for the Dublin U16 footballers who enjoyed successive wins over Louth and Westmeath in the Gerry Reilly Tournament over the weekend.

On Sunday evening, Dublin finished strongly to hold off a determined Westmeath challenge, prevailing by 5-15 to 2-10 in Oldcastle with Richie English accruing 3-5 for the Dubs.

Westmeath got off to a great start thanks to Aidan Keena's goal and although points from English and David Lacey kept Dublin in contention, they entered the break a point behind (2-4 to 0-9) following Daniel Heavin's goal.

Substitute Ross McGarry restored parity early in the second-half and Dublin began to take the game away from their opponents midway through the half as English landed a quick-fire brace of goals.

Westmeath's goal threat diminished after the break while the opposite applied to Dublin as English completed his hat-trick to complement further goals by McGarry and Lacey.

The Dubs took their bow against Louth in Darver on Thursday night and their ability to plunder goals at the most opportune times proved crucial as they claimed a comfortable 6-7 to 0-9 success.

After early points by Daniel Brennan and Andrew Doolin, the latter netted Dublin's first goal and Richie English of St Jude's added a second soon after with Louth unable to make inroads against an impressive Dublin defence.

Although Fearghal Malone and Cian Brady landed points for Louth, Brennan goaled to help his side to a 3-3 to 0-5 interval lead.

The Dubs continued in the ascendancy after the break with Brennan of St Sylvester's and Doolin of Clan na Gael Fontenoy landing their second goals with Louth replying through points from Brady, Padraig Cunningham and Joseph Quinn.

However, Dublin's win was confirmed as substitute James Madden from Ballyboden St Enda's added their sixth goal to complete a relatively straightforward victory for Stephen O'Shaughnessy's panel.

dubli n - (Scorers v Westmeath): Richie English (3-5, 3f), David Lacey (1-5, 3f), Ross McGarry (1-3), James Doran, Ryan Meeney (0-1) each.

Dublin (v Westmeath): Cormac Quinn, Seán Keenan, Neil Mathews, Karl Fox, Eoin O'Dea, Luke Doran, Mark Treacy, Tom Magee, Karl Bissett, Niall O Leary, James Doran, James Madden, Ryan Meeney, David Lacey, Richie English. Subs: Dara O'Boyle for Keenan, Ross McGarry for Meeney, Conor Carberry for Magee, Seán Hawkshaw for O'Leary, Rian Fitzsimons for Lacey.

dublin - (Scorers v Louth): D Brennan 2-3, A Doolin 2-1, R English, J Madden 1-0 each, J Doran 0-2, D Lacey 0-1 (f).

DUBLIN (U16 v Louth): James Keoghan (Erin's Isle), Ruairí Kerins ( Whitehall Colmcille), Liam Flatman (Kilmacud Crokes), Karl Fox (Parnell's), Luke Walsh (Lucan Sarsfields), Daniel Danaher (St Sylvester's), Adam Fitzpatrick ( Thomas Davis), Luke Doran (Nh Olaf), Karl Bissett (Nh Mearnóg), Emmet Allen (Lucan Sarsfields), James Doran (Na Fianna), Andrew Doolin (Clan na Gael Fontenoy), Daniel Brennan (St Sylvester's), David Lacey (Na Fianna), Richie English (St Jude's). Subs: Gavin Nangle (Nh Mearnóg for Walsh), James Madden ( Ballyboden St Enda's) for Kerins, Darragh Jones (Kilmacud Crokes) for Lacey, Harry Ladd (Lucan Sarsfields) for English, Ryan Meaney (St Jude's) for Doolin, Eoin O'Dea (Na Fianna) for Fitzpatrick.

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